Fuck Rob Ford.
Friday, April 13th, 2012
From the Grid – “Following his declaration of war on graffiti last spring, Rob Ford quickly became a favourite subject of the local aerosol-artist community, including SPUD, the masked, anonymous crusader whose depictions of the mayoral mug have made him something of a spray-paint rock star. This month, his work (which he also does on traditional canvases) is on display at two different art shows.
Can you give me an update on the current state of the mayor’s war on graffiti? It’s been almost a year since he picked up his power hose.
Oh, they’re keeping up with it. Still buffing and getting rid of stuff. As a story it gets boring after a while and the media move on. Especially with a mayor like we have, who is always pulling something or getting involved in some blunder.
Is it fair to say that the mayor’s anti-graffiti crusade has been a rallying cry for the city’s street artists?
It certainly sparked a pushback and it’s produced a lot of great artwork, just based on Rob Ford as a subject and a muse. A lot of people want to make a statement about our current leader, but they don’t have the outlet or they don’t have the balls. I figured, I’m doing my art on the street all the time anyway, so why not focus it on something to make a statement?
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