Punching a panda isn't something you just wake up and long to do. That is, of course, unless you live in New York City, where artist Nate Hill invites strangers to unleash their aggression on his wickedly cool character, "Punch Me Panda."

Hill ordered the panda suit on eBay and bought the biggest chest protector he could find on the internet. He wanted to offer a public service - to relieve people's stress through violence. He gets punched (and roundhouse kicked) about 100 times a day.

"I choose the panda suit because the panda face really melts people’s heart," says Hill. "I wanted to have people get out their aggression on something cute. It’s fun to have that contradiction. This is an art project. I’m not just a thrill seeker."

Punch Me Panda
Photo credit: Rob Bennett
via [metropolis - wall street journal]

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Comment by Kevin on November 28, 2010 at 8:42pm
Should be "Punch Me Wall Street Trader" or "Punch Me Bank CEO". I got no beef with pandas.
Comment by Mari Sakumara on November 23, 2010 at 7:29am
hahahhaa ! I wish I could punch a panda one day .... not a real panda,of course.
Comment by Laura P on November 22, 2010 at 2:56pm
Somedays this would make me feel better.*looks around for a punch me panda*
Comment by sAm on November 22, 2010 at 12:17pm
HAHA, nothing like punching a panda to make your day.
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