A stinky kind of mystery.
|PHOTO BY:||Lisa Dejong|
|FIELD NOTES:||Toronto’s back alleys are home to a huge variety of interesting street art, much of which we feature from time to time—but we’ve never seen anything quite like this. The ‘Glare’ tag aside, this is not your typical street art. It seems to be a family portrait, the kind that might be taken in a department store photo studio. But why enlarge it and put it on a garage door? Did the family that lives there want to show off their pride and joy? Did they choose an unusual spot to advocate for same-sex parenting? The answer is probably stranger than you think. This was taken from a promotional image for 5 Stinky, a Hamilton-based plumbing service. Unless, like many hip companies, it’s trying to tap into the youth demographic by appropriating graffiti for advertising (in which case, we think it missed the mark), this is probably not an advertisement. But why, dear readers? Why would this appear on a garage door tucked away in a Toronto alley? It is a mystery.|