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Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Shoreditch!

OCCUPY STREET WALLS!


Never was

Never was so much owed by so few to so many/never was so much owed by so many to so few.

Found this near Old Street.

OCCUPY STREET WALLS!


We will Occupy

Found this on Shoreditch High Street, London.

OCCUPY STREET WALLS!


Start!


pretty sure this is the fine work of Denial 🙂


Shaw and Argyle 🙂

Harper: turning Canada into a deathstar since 2005.


If you don’t let us dream, we won’t let you sleep


Found on St-Laurent.


How to find the words….

this translates to, “how to find the words necessary to move a single dollar?” but the word “move” is used in the emotional sense (aka “that is a moving experience”) rather than the physical sense.

i don’t know who richard is, but this is a really potent anti-capitalistic message, and i love how it has been placed on solitary garage doors, playing on black and white, making the stencil’d words pop. it gives it a very sombre atmosphere.  i really find this moving.

i found it in an alleyway near mont-royal and st.denis.


The Listen Bird owns Montreal

Ah Listen Bird. I refuse to live in a Canada that doesn’t have youuuuuu. I mean, technically, Listen Bird owns Toronto too. I have so many Listen Bird photos from around Toronto that I haven’t even had the chance to blog yet. SO MANY! But here’s some of the goodies  I found in Montreal. DUDE GETS AROUND! This above piece was on Van Horne near St. Urbain.

This saying doesn’t translate very well into English (mostly because the Quebecois swear word “calisse” translates directly to chalice, which is a curse meant to insult the Catholic church) but it basically means “we’re screwed by the special law,”  or perhaps  “We couldn’t give a fuck about the special law,” or even “The special law fucks us over.” See?! So many translations! The special law in question is the infamous Bill 78 which Quebec premier Jean Charest passed in order to stop the Montreal student protests. However the Quebec Human Rights Commission found the law violated student’s right to protest and to assembly. After it was passed, over 100,000 people marched the streets of Montreal, banging on pots, in what was Quebec’s largest act of civil disobedience ever.

YAY!

 

Here is another Listen Bird with the same saying (he finally spells “speciale” properly in french, hee hee. He forget the extra E in the first bird above). I found this on Notre Dame Ouest and Rue de l’inspecteur.

“Ecoutez nous” means “listen to us.” SO SAYS THE LISTEN BIRD!

I only found this LB because I had rented out another Bixi bike (you can get a 24 hour rental for $7, and this was literally the final hour of my rental plus I had to get from Notre Dame and Atwater all the way into Vieux Montreal). Fuck the metro, Bixi Bike to the rescue! The great thing about exploring cities by bikes is you see things you wouldn’t normally see. Sometimes walking is too slow, and taxis are too fast.

This guy was at Van Horne and Avenue du Parc on an entire parking lot that was abandoned and in ruin. This abandoned house was next to the parking lot.

Does this say “Listen Knife Barf?”

This amazing find was on Rue Saint-Jacques and Avenue Laporte. It takes up the space of the entire first floor of the building! He must’ve used a ladder or something to do this one.

Everybody wants some where.

POUTINE MACHINE! hahah! I found this guy in an alleyway near Mont-Royal and Christophe-Colombe.

This was on an abandoned garage near Saint-Viateur and de Gaspé.

In the alley ways near St. Laurent and Mont-Royal.

LIIIIIIIIIIIISTEN!


Fuck Charest, la rĂ©sistance est un devoir!


As promised yesterday, here’s a nice post on the Montreal student protests. Graffitists and street artists have done some amazing work around the plateau and Mile End, expressing their anger but also their solidarity.

For more in the Montreal student protests, read the Wiki of it. All I want to do right now is relish in the photos!

The above red stencil was found outside the Mont-Royal metro. It translates to “Resistance is your homework” and has an image of an A+ grade on a red square. It’s a call for Montreal students to protest because it is more important than their exams.


This was found in the back alleys of Mont-Royal near Christophe-Colombe. For those of you who don’t know, Jean Charest is the premier of Quebec.


As I mentioned yesterday, the red square is the symbol of the student’s resistance. I found it spraypainted all over Van Horne near St. Laurent. Here’s one.


Here’s another.


And another.


This was stencil’d on the sidewalk right next to the red squares.


a beautifully-realized stencil of a police officer, with a red square on his breast, which says “avec vous dans l’ombre.” that translates to “with you in the shadows.”


so glad i spotted that from afar!


I found this stop sign on Saint-Viateur near St. Urbain. Reminds me of this, n’est-ce pas?

found in an alley near Mont-Royal and brebeuf. it looks like this originally said “l’argent et la mort” which means “money and death.” but then it was changed to “l’argent est la mort” which means “money IS death.”

PLQ is a political party in Quebec, and this roughly translates to “The PLQ is in the shitter”


fuck mcgill!


no justice
no peace
fuck the police


a stencil of a riot cop


and another one

this says “Leave Iraq, leave afghanistan.” This confuses me a little, because while Canadian soldiers are in Afghanistan, we never went to Iraq. Canada didn’t participate in the Iraq war. Maybe this isn’t just about Canada, but meant for others outside our borders. Or maybe it’s meant for stupid monkey Prime Minister Harper, who wanted our troops in Iraq.


a call for volition and assembly


galvanize! occupy street walls!

found at South 3rd and Bedford in Williamsburg


Word on the street


Kent Ave in Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Don’t buy me!


this beautiful stencil was on India Street in Greenpoint


And this wheatpaste was on North 5th in williamsburg.

it’s funny how technically they’re saying opposite things, but the true meaning behind both of them is exactly the same. one is a plea, the other is a sarcastic undercut.


New York Street Art 2012

Today, my delicious little munchkins, there will be fewer posts because I spent hours yesterday making this short film. I didn’t tell anybody, but whilst I was photographing all the amazing graffiti and street art in New York, I was also filming it so I could make something more visceral for the viewers…. it’s like being there with me on the streets of Queens and Brooklyn!

Enjoy!

 Places filmed include LES, Alphabet City, Soho, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint, Astoria and 5Pointz.

Some of the street artists include:

Chris Veng Robots Who Kill
Miyok
Fitschen
JR’s Inside Out Project
Enx
Kobra
Curtis Kulig
Alec
Nick Walker
Space Invader
Hanksy
Spud
Jimmy Cochrane
Paul Richard
Swoon
Gilf
Rene Gagnon
Sheryo
Stormie Mills
Roa
TMNK (Art is my Weapon)


5pointz: the institute of higher burnin’


i haven’t been to 5Pointz since March 2011 so i was well overdue for a return.


but there was also a very specific reason for me to head over to 5pointz …


… a familiar face was having a little art show ….


that’s right! Spudbombs and Rob Fuckin’ Ford’s face galore! Spud reprazentin’ TdotOh.


this was pretty exciting. i got all giddy and did my lil’ graffiti-jig right there in queens.


there was also lots of new work to be found on the walls. whilst i was there, several graff artists were hard at work. 5pointz doesn’t mind if regular folk take photos, just as long as they don’t snap the artists themselves at work. anonymity is essential to a graff artist.


i think this Los Bancos wheatpaste by Crisp is one of my favourites. the Banker has a storm trooper head!
these aren’t the bailouts we were looking for.


another Crisp/star wars theme to support Occupy Wall Street
“the 99% we are!”


this piece is fucking brilliant. it’s done with little points of paint (dots) just like Seurat, Monet, and Renoir did in their impressionist paintings! look closer!


this is by international graff artist James Cochran

i think this is a tribute to amy winehouse, who covered Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow once.


this song is really sad… because she’s asking the question, but she already knows the answer…. so she’s asking him to lie to her so that she can live with herself for sleeping with him….

been there.


RIP MCA

by the way, the powers that be are trying to bulldoze 5Pointz. Stop them and save the Mecca. Click here to join the FB group.


Photos the media didn’t print of the Montreal Student Protests

copyright Darren Ell


Occupy Lt. John Pike

remember when i found that stencil of the cop who was pepper-spraying peaceful Occupy protesters on the sidewalk outside loblaws? that was a very popular post for me because it was RT’d by BlogTO. Anyhoo, i found another instance of the stencil!

Rob had photographed this one a while before i found the one on the sidewalk, but i never knew where he had found it. turns out, it was in the graffiti alley near queen and dufferin….

…. which i am in ALL THE LIVELONG DAY! how did i miss this stencil all the freakin’ times i’ve been down that alley?

in my defence, there has been some major construction happening in that alley lately, so it may have been obscured by parked trucks and stuff previously.

anyway, still no word on who is behind the stencil yet. but high five to my mysterious artist!

ps, if you look closely at the first photo, there is something scrawled on the fence on the left side. it says, “the galaxy’s a lot smaller than i thought.


Occupy Communist China

i have found this Occupy Economics stencil (with the “O” specifically turned into a red dot) a couple times before (see here and here), and it seems to be concentrated in the Kensington Market area.


still no information on who is behind it.


i like how the open glass door almost makes this look like a frame.

i wonder what the red dot is supposed to signify …. It’s like the stencil came from communist China.


Invest in sharing

in the past, i’ve found two sidewalk stencils using Monopoly imagery that spoke about the current economic recession and Occupy Wall Street movements in a provocative way. On bay street and in the annex, i found stencils that says “good news, they dropped the charges.”

now in kensington market, i found this sidewalk stencil, clearly faded and old, with the same imagery (so obviously done by the same guy) but now it says “invest in sharing.”

i’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again: this kind of street art really is the best kind. the stuff that talks about current politics, makes you think, describes ideas or forms of provocative philosophies, is clever and employs a high degree of wit ….most of all, is artistic ….this is the kind of street art that makes our city better. it’s a new form of dialogue.

love love love!


women, we gon’ march


International Women’s Day (which is tomorrow, March 8th) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This past weekend, there was a protest march in toronto to draw attention to the issues in this city and country that affect women.

i love these events because they show just how informed, organized, and tightly regimented our communities are when it comes to issues that affect  not just women, but everyone. Notice how it’s not just women in this march.

they shut down yonge street, and were protected by The Filth (aka the cops), who prevented cars and traffic from getting anywhere near them. while i am grateful that i do live in a city and a country where the right to assemble and to protest is protected, i am still DISGUSTED by how that same right was denied us during the G20 in 2010. That stain will never be removed from the core of Torontonian’s hearts. We will never forget how peaceful protestors were beaten, detained, kettled, and illegally arrested.

“break the cycles, stop the silence, women in jail is state violence!”

“capitalism can’t be fixed – expropriate the banks!”

toronto women’s city alliance.

“free maricon montajes! free all political prisoners in the philippines!”

as we were observing this protest, someone said to me “international women’s day? when is international men’s day?”

and i replied, “EVERYDAY IS INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY!”

march 8th and december 6th (national day of remembrance and action on violence against women) must be kept holier than the sabbath.


Occupy Existence

Found another one of these Occupy Economics. The more i see it, the more i think the person is referring to a class he’s forced to take in high school, rather than our actual federal economy.

i love back alleys.


Occupy Economics

on baldwin street.