Guy Crossing / Guy Airport

Are They the Same Guy?

Guy Crossing, the man on the street. Guy Airport, the popsicle-stick figure seen in and around public buildings. They look alike in some ways.

  • Head: Circle
  • Neck: Gap
  • Hands: None
  • Feet: None

But there are differences. Guy Crossing has tapered arms. His wrists and ankles are squared-off. Are these anatomical differences, or merely “costume changes”?

In their standard poses. Guy C is forward-leaning, dynamic. Guy A is upright, static. His ankles are round. His knees and elbows, unknown.
In their standard poses. Guy C is forward-leaning, dynamic. Guy A is upright, static. His ankles are round. His knees and elbows, unknown.

Apples to Apples

In head-on views, the resemblance is quite close. The key to telling them apart is the wrists and ankles -- rectangular versus rounded. The susurration of trouser legs would be an audible clue if Guy Crossing ever came up behind you.
In head-on views, the resemblance is quite close. The key to telling them apart is the wrists and ankles — rectangular versus rounded. The susurration of trouser legs would be an audible clue if Guy Crossing ever came up behind you.
In side views, Guy Airport’s arms and legs are the same thickness end to end. His dog is generic.
In side views, Guy Airport’s arms and legs are the same thickness end to end. His dog is … well, generic.
Guy Airport does have elbows and knees when he cares to show them. They are rounded.
Guy Airport does have elbows and knees when he cares to show them. They are rounded.

Airport-Crossing Crossovers

In some sightings, we find a mixture of rounded and rectangular characteristics. And so the distinction between Mr. Crossing and Mr. Airport becomes ambiguous.

Guy Ticket walks with pointy elbows and knees, like Guy Crossing, but has had his wrists and ankles rounded.
Guy Ticket walks with pointy elbows and knees, like Guy Crossing, but has had his wrists and ankles rounded.
A guy with pointy elbows and rounded ankles sits with legs crossed in the accordion section of an articulated bus. (Note: The No-circles forbid standing in the squeezy space between the bench and poles.)
A guy with pointy elbows and rounded ankles sits with legs crossed in the accordion section of an articulated bus. (Note: The No-circles forbid standing in the squeezy space between the bench and poles.)

Guy’s Neck

You may have noticed in the previous photo that Guy Leg-Crossing has no neck space. As a visual cue, a neck space allows the head to turn freely. But cranial flotation is not for everyone.

Guy’s head is sometimes stuck onto his shoulders like the ball on a flagpole. Another style has his head sitting in a shallow dish like a scoop of ice cream. (Text: Smell gas? Leave fast!)
Guy’s head is sometimes stuck onto his shoulders like the ball on a flagpole. Another style has his head sitting in a shallow dish like a scoop of ice cream.
A slight nudge could send this delicately balanced ball rolling...
A slight nudge could send this delicately balanced ball rolling…

Out with Other Guys

Guy Crossing and Guy Airport are the most common but not the only Everyman icons out there.

Guy Trashing offers a pointy alternative to the rounded and rectangular Guys. He seems louder against litter than the mild-mannered figure on the right.
Guy Trashing offers a pointy alternative to the rounded and rectangular Guys. He seems louder against litter than the mild-mannered figure on the right.
While Guy Crossing swims and fishes around a sewer pipe, an alternative guy features an oblong head. For further oblong heads, visit the Guy Dogging wing of the museum. For hands and feet (with shoes!), see Guy Dying.
While Guy Crossing swims and fishes around a sewer pipe, an alternative guy features an oblong head. For further oblong heads, visit the Guy Dogging wing of the museum. For hands and feet, see Guy Dying.
“Swimming Prohibited,” says the most alternative of all the alternative guys. Guy rhymes with “key” in France.
“Swimming Prohibited,” says the most alternative of all the alternative guys. Guy rhymes with “key” in France.

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