The things we carry, and the way we carry them, inadvertently convey a lot about who we are. Each object pulled into our own personal orbit carries within it a symbolic meaning, telling of our history, our lifestyle, our values. With or without intention, things communicate—to everyone from our Tindr dates to the authorities. Are you carrying an illicit substance? An illegal firearm? A few lipsticks and a compact? The content of a bag has the potential to incriminate or exonerate. Understanding objects in such a way, backpacks become carriers of meaning, ones that conveniently leave us free to further express ourselves—take selfies, scale fences, film unlawful arrests. Just because you're hands-free, doesn't mean you aren't carrying.