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Spotted: Rob Ford Graffiti Dare


Top photo courtesy of the artist. Bottom photo originally posted by The AlphaNerd to Reddit.

SPOTTED BY: Reddit user TheAlphaNerd
WHERE: Graffiti Alley, near Queen and Spadina
WHEN: Wednesday April 13
WHAT: In the wake of Rob Ford’s increasing efforts to squelch graffiti in Toronto, one response from an OCAD student with a sense of humour. (We’ve corresponded with both the creator and the photographer over email, but aren’t publishing any names for the moment.) So far, Graffiti Alley has not been targeted for whitewashing, and we’re hoping this contribution to the growing category of street art inspired by Rob Ford sticks around for a while.
UPDATE, April 14, 11:13 AM: The artist has just given us permission to use her name—credit for the above street art goes to Eryn Hill. She told us that: “I used to live on Queen at Bathurst so Graffiti Alley is special to me. I know a few artists that work there and I have always loved walking down the alley finding inspiration for my sculptural work…I never had a big problem with [Rob] Ford prior to this. As soon as he started attacking the only area in the city where graffiti artists are not reprimanded I wanted to do something about it. This stencil is supposed to target both the artists and Rob Ford—as in, if he removes the artists from this area, he should be removed from the city office. Graffiti Alley is a special place where building owners allow artists to paint, and it makes it a nice place for artists, cyclists, and pedestrians to enjoy art in the public space.”


  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Love it.

  • accozzaglia

    Brevity in truth is the best advice.

  • Dan

    I'm sure if it was a picture of Rob Ford's naked body, the mayor's office would take it down immediately…

  • bjhtn

    Interesting double meaning.

  • IMH Canada

    To the artist I would ask why she didn't you have a problem with Ford before? People need to start thinking of the long term ramifications of elections for artists and society as a whole. Here's a hint, if they talk like uncultured morons (Ford), or shamelessly use Beatles songs for personal popularity while targeting deep cuts to the social fabric (Harper) – probably bad for the arts, and the intellectual health of a vibrant community/country. And this is the part that's going to hurt: to defeat the enemy, people must vote strategically.

  • Sean Dixon

    First they came for the graffiti artists, but I wasn't a graffiti artist…

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    I completely agree, and I hope Ford's reign of terror engages an entire generation of people who previously didn't give a damn about their city or the politics that drive it.

  • isyouhappy

    they started with the poor already

  • ohcunt

    Fuck Street Artists. Get out of the graff world name droppin bitches.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Someone's mad!

  • ohcunt

    Obviously. It's hipster bullshit.

  • teh jamez

    “The artist has just given us permission to use her name”

    oh fuck me

  • EmiliaBedelia

    The Hipsters are such a marginalized people……….

  • EmiliaBedelia

    The Hipsters are such a marginalized people……….

  • Prince Jas

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!