The Occupy LA protester who made TIME's 'Person of the Year' cover [View all]
Source: L.A. Weekly
Sarah Mason, TIME's Protester of the Year: More Photos, Details Behind Occupy L.A. Cover
By Simone Wilson Fri., Dec. 16 2011 at 1:00 PM
Ah, the elusive Sarah Mason -- she of the knit yellow cap and 99 percent bandana, gracing TIME's already iconic "Person of the Year" cover for 2011, yet turning her face from this new spotlight and returning no press calls (that we know of).
(<The TIME cover photo> was...shot by LA Weekly freelancer Ted Soqui and cartoonified by L.A. street artist Shepard Fairey. ....)
.... It appears the dreamy-eyed 25-year-old was among 20 Occupy L.A. protesters who linked arms in a circle around a pop-up encampment at the center of Bank of America Plaza on November 17. That day's march had begun at a downtown intersection, where LAPD riot cops arrested various protesters for failure to disperse, and ended at the B of A.
Mason -- a Highland resident who works at a Santa Monica art gallery -- was arrested at sundown, as was the rest of the elbow-linked chain. The bandana she wore was reportedly soaked in vinegar, "just in case the police sprayed them with gas or pepper spray."