New York Now Has Public Punching Bags, And We Need Them In London

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

Punching bags

Sick of being life’s punching bag? Take it out on these public punching bags instead!

We’ll never back down and admit to there being a better city than London, but we’re not above cravenly stealing things from other cities. Next on our wishlist: New York’s smashing new public punching bags, which debuted in the city this week. Bright yellow, and eminently hittable, they invite city-dwellers to relieve stress by giving the bag an almighty whack or two – and we’ve decided they definitely need to make the trip across the Atlantic.

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Go on, give it a proper whack! Photo: donttakethisthewrongway

Consider the following scenario: someone cuts in front of you on the Tube. Do you scream in their face, suppress your rage with the practiced calm of a weary commuter, or do the classic passive-aggressive tut? The answer is secret option D: take it to the bag. Throwing haymakers at the punching bags is also an effective stress reliever for lost Deliveroo orders, break-ups, shitty landlords, the price of a goddamned pint, and of course, the crushing nihilism of being a millennial in 2019.

The enterprising/flexible amongst you can also kick them, which might even be more satisfying – unless of course you miss, and land flat on your ass. In fact, whilst we’re coveting things we can destroy in frustration, we’ll take LA’s brilliant rage rooms too.

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Photo: donttakethisthewrongway

Created by Georgia-based design studio donttakethisthewrongway, the punching bags are marketed as “a healthy place for frustrations”, and we couldn’t agree more. They appeared to mark NYC’s Design Week, but I think we can all admit that they’re a necessary addition to London’s streets, tubes, homes, workplaces, and everywhere that induces a spike in one’s stress levels. Honestly, I think they’d be a real hit…

Featured image: donttakethisthewrongway

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