loves Banksy and I wanted her to know I "had her back." The Para Rat was actually started early last fall when she took a trip to Hawaii. I just felt she needed a parachute. (metaphorically) I was not able to finish the project in time, but it turned out she really did need a "parachute" when the vacation took a serious nosedive. This ratty is filled with symbolism. If I was in survival mode, I think I would want money (the dime), and food (the slice of Swiss cheese). Ratty has a parachute to catch his fall, the blue beads symbolize clear skies ahead, and a hobo-like wrapped pack implies whatever is needed in our bag of tricks to get through the rough times (solder bumps). Bone beads and the silvered pebble are to show strength and stability, and lastly, lava beads are there to remind the wearer that life is better met with fluidity than a rigid approach to whatever is in our path.