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SPUD has been arrested!

Fanks to local street artist Deadboy for sending me the tip!

SPUD, one of the toronto’s first graffiti/street artists, who has  tagged some of the best walls in the city, and has created some of the most provocative anti-Rob-Ford street art, was arrested Monday night, according to The National Post, and CP24.

Apparently, SPUD is the work of three guys, but I suspect the oldest of the crew is the original man.

According to the newspapers, police are urging people to come forward with locations to other Spud bombs so they can build their case.

DO NOT GIVE THE COPS ANYTHING. Do not be an accomplice in the incarceration of artists.

Rob Ford’s anti-graffiti taskforce is censorship at its best; trying to attack what he doesn’t understand.

For more of Spud’s great work, check out this blog’s Spud category, or check out my The Grid article that was published in August.

19 responses

  1. Mark

    He’s not an artist, he’s a vandal. When the walls of my private busiess are spray painted, those idiot vandals don’t offer to pay for the paint removal.

    I didn’t ask for that “art” on my property.

    October 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    • Why would you want to remove it? I agree, don’t spend money on the removal. Keep it. And invite other artists to decorate your wall as well. Graffiti is the pluralization of “graffito,” which was the ancient marks left during the Paleolithic era by our ancient ancestors. They did it to tell the story of their daily lives. To leave their mark on the world. To let us know that they were here. Would you have those marks water-blasted off as well? And charge their descendants with the removal? Today’s graffiti artists are doing the exact same thing. They are commenting on their lives and society, and letting the world know that, yes, “I am here!”

      Graffiti isn’t the problem. It’s society not knowing what to do with its artists.
      Oh look, there’s a rose. LET’S PAVE OVER IT.

      October 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      • b

        O_o.. ok can i come paint your property then? if you’re so cool with it, shouldn’t be a problem right?

        October 22, 2011 at 7:18 PM

      • BRING IT ON, FUCKER.

        October 22, 2011 at 7:42 PM

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  4. Tagged

    You seriously believe your own bullshit? Those 3 idiots are not artists. They are little kids with spray cans that creep around night destoying peoples property. Of course they wouldn’t do it during the day like men. They are cowards. The buildings they tag are not theirs. They, just like YOU, have no right to decide what goes on it. Only the person that has to pay for that building can decide that. If I would have caught them I would have thrown those little pricks off my roof.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

  5. Simple matter

    Let me start by saying that I share your appreciation for art. But I think that you are missing the simple point of the matter. This has absolutely nothing to do with art or incarcerating artists… this has all to do with choice and consent. If the SPUD crew had approached me and asked if they could paint the side of my building I would have responded NO. Would you take someones child without consent? Would you have sex with someone without consent? I’m sure at this point you are thinking “Those things are nothing like this!!” But aren’t they? You cant just pick and choose when someone has the right to violate that consent. Would it be OK if a tattoo artist gave you a tattoo that you neither wanted nor asked for?

    October 27, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    • interesting theory, dude. But actually, i think my point is this – making graffiti illegal and arresting graffitists DOESN’T STOP GRAFFITI. it just makes it more dangerous, it clogs up the judicial system, it gives people criminal records who otherwise would never had had them before, and sends otherwise “law-abiding” people into overcrowded prisons where they don’t belong.

      if the argument is that they had no right to put their art on private property, then the proper response isn’t to marginalize them and make it dangerous for them to practice their craft.

      October 27, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    • by the way, “simple matter,” looking at your IP address, i’m glad you figured out the right and wrong way to leave a comment on someone’s blog.

      October 27, 2011 at 2:00 AM

  6. Simple matter

    Same IP but different person… no point in spouting off in anger. It gets you nowhere. In response, graffiti art as I understand it is not illegal. Just the manner that the artists choose to display it is. If it truly is about the art form then why not paint on canvas and hang them on the sides of these buildings in a manner that could be easily taken without damage? In my case it will cost me thousands of dollars to get my building back to its original form. How is that right? If I were to take that money from you it would be considered theft. Would you treat a street racer that kills someone the same as you would another who does it on a track? The street racer was just practicing their craft…

    October 27, 2011 at 2:22 AM

    • Same IP different person? Something tells me you two twin towers living under the same roof are the guys who called the cops on Spud, or have a Spud bomb on your property. In either case, I will say to you what I said to an earlier commentator on this post – DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY to have it removed from the building. If you don’t like the work that was done, invite other street artists to turn that wall into a mural that you do approve of. That way the offending piece is painted over, AND you engage with the community around you. As Deadboy says, street art and graffiti is an inevitable and unavoidable product of living in the urban environment. If you want to live in a big city made up of diversity, you have to accept certain facts. If don’t want it, don’t live downtown, especially in an area like Canniff street. Raging against it and throwing artists into jail cells doesn’t solve the problem. It only polarizes the community, and creates a cult of martyrs. When one artist goes down, there are always 20 others waiting in the wings to take up his cause. You don’t want to piss off a group of marginalized people holding cans of spray paint in their hands. Even City Councillor Adam Vaughn said that graffiti and street art has INCREASED since Rob Ford began his “war on graffiti.” Let me assure you of one thing, if there is an end to this so-called war, it won’t be met with white, unblemished walls.

      October 27, 2011 at 3:13 AM

  7. Simple Matter

    Again I don’t think you understand my point of view. Although I like graffiti art I don’t want it on the side of my building … SPUD bomb or otherwise. I want it to look the way that I had originally designed it . As to accepting to certain facts, well that just not my style.. and I get the feeling that its not yours either. Living in a city of diversity does not justify a small group of people changing the landscape in way, from my understanding , the majority don’t want… and maybe if these artists had respect for other peoples choices and will they wouldn’t be facing the possibility of jail cells. Obviously, we will never even come close to understanding each other so I will simply say thank you for the discussion.

    October 27, 2011 at 3:43 AM

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  10. streetinspiredtoronto

    Hi! I find the response you have had about this post insane!! I totally agree with you and believe it is art. I didn’t even know Spud was arrested, and was trying to actually find out if I could interview him when I came across the info of his arrest! I love Toronto street art, and whether people ask for it or not, it would not be the same city without it. I am a student journalist at U of T and I am actually working on a news article about graffiti in Toronto. I am seeking people to interview and I see that you say you got a tip from deadboy. I would really love if you could put me in contact with him. Also wondering if you would be interested in giving your opinion as something I could put in my article as well. Anyways, great post I was happy to find it. You can check out my blog about street art as well: http://www.streetinspiredtoronto.wordpress.com

    November 11, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    • hey laura, i’ve seen your website before and i think i sent you a message once? anyway, glad we could connect. About Deadboy – i wouldn’t feel comfortable giving out his information BUT you can visit his website which has contact details on it http://deadboy666.tumblr.com and that way if he wants to respond, he can. Also, i’d love to be a part of your project. Let me know when and where and I’ll be there. As for Spud, I recently tried pulling some strings to interview him myself, and he wouldn’t budge! he doesn’t like to be interviewed, i think he even turned down the Toronto Star. they interviewed me about his arrest recently, and i think he’s just too private and reclusive to want to speak publicly. Anyway, let’s talk. xx

      November 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

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