Portlanders start sticking gum to Old Town wall

The gum wall is on NW 3rd and Couch

Portlanders started adding gum to the new gum wall in Old Town on May 5. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you’re a fan of chewing gum and urban art, you might be excited to stick your ABC gum on the side of Ronin Living Art Tattoo Parlor in Old Town.

Dustin Kendig at Ronin Living Art Studio had the idea to create a gum wall, like the one in Seattle, to clean up the neighborhood.

“The gum wall is just an idea we had to get rid of the bums that hang out down here and use the sidewalks as a toilet,” Kendig told KOIN when the idea was first proposed.

Starting May 5, you can add your wad to the wall on NW 3rd Avenue and Couch Street. The gum wall kicked off with a party including free food, drinks and gum.

“I think it’s pretty cool…Nice and cool and dirty,” said Jason Meyer, who created a gum sculpture of Rick Sanchez from the TV show “Rick and Morty.”

A gum sculpture of Rick Sanchez from "Rick and Morty" on Portland's new gum wall, created by Jason Meyer. (KOIN)
A gum sculpture of Rick Sanchez from “Rick and Morty” on Portland’s new gum wall, created by Jason Meyer. (KOIN)