The large black imprint of a hand on her face, however, betrays her purpose in this part of town.
They both have marked their faces to appear intimidating.
Yet Athame, twenty-four and new to crime deterrence, is buoyant and lighthearted, contrary to Dark Guardian’s purposeful and calm demeanor. “We’re just going to walk around here tonight, see what’s going on, make our presence known. Stuff does happen but it’s not crazy dangerous like the middle of Harlem or the Bronx,” says Dark Guardian. You post up on certain spots, you make your presence known. There were two armed muggings on Christopher Street recently. It’s good to be out here to deter anything.” The modern trend of costumed superheroes started within the last decade.
Based on data from the NYPD, rape has climbed 14.5% in 2013 from its low point in 2009.“To recover and make sense of this trauma they project their efforts into making sure others don’t experience the same event,” she says. But it was kind of normal.” Dark Guardian himself never ended up in any real altercations, except for one time he and his friends were almost mugged by some kids when he was younger.“They take proactive measures to ensure this.” Dark Guardian has been doing this for twelve years. “I just bolted through back yards and what not to get away.” We walk west down Christopher Street, a comparatively loud and garish stretch in an otherwise postcard-perfect neighborhood of expensive townhouses and Belgian block streets.Around his waist is a red, studded belt, which looks like it was bought at an S&M store. Dark Guardian has studied mixed martial arts, Shodokan karate and kickboxing since he was a teenager and teaches martial arts seven days a week. Her name is Athame, which is the name for a ceremonial dagger in Wicca, a neopagan witchcraft religion.Attached to it are a first aid kit and a large magenta Mag Lite flashlight. I, on the other hand, haven’t been to the gym in four months. Dressed more subtly in ripped gray jeans and a black tank, she blends into the crowds.
We observe for a few minutes and two of the men notice us and walk over. ” one of them asks, commenting on Dark Guardian’s black mark. The patrol consists of a lot of walking and not a lot of action. “Another guy smashed a bottle and was holding it up to me. The other guy was out of his mind, he was on something. And also part of that is overcoming fear and standing up to these people.” Many people have good intentions, but the fear of being hurt would usually keep them from doing something dangerous. Rosenberg how someone like Dark Guardian is able to put that aside.