IKEA Ninjas


The art of hiding in plain sight, a ninja skill and military staple, was tailored for average pedestrians a little over a year ago by Japanese clothing designer Aya Tsukioka as a way to avoid urban crime. It was a serious undertaking that ended up looking more fun than protective. Enter UrbanCamouflage.de, a new Web site dedicated to this extraordinarily entertaining art/pastime. Inspired by military Ghillie suits, Urban Camouflage, “deals with the question how to camouflage oneself and one’s identity in the urban space.” What better place to begin than Ikea! “It was an adventure to wear the suit in the stores because of the conflicts with the employees, the reaction of the customers and also to see the camouflage effect in a real situation.”

Julie Greicius was Art Editor for The Rumpus when it launched in January 2009. One year later, she became Senior Literary Editor, and later, Senior Features Editor. Julie also co-edited the first book published by The Rumpus, Rumpus Women, Vol. 1, featuring personal essays and illustration from twenty kick-ass contributors. Her writing been featured on The Rumpus, Midnight Breakfast, Stanford Medicine Magazine, and BuzzFeed, as well as in the anthology The 27th Mile. She lives in California and is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board. More from this author →