This was on that elementary school whose name I never catch on Shaw street between Harbord and College. You know it.
So glad to see this. I was bullied as a kid and the school did nothing. In fact, they blamed it on me and told me I was bringing it on myself for being who I was. They told me to “become invisible.”
Just another brick in the wall.
Yes, I can.
Recently, I had a very fun photoshoot and interview in Toronto’s infamous Graffiti Alley with TorontoVerve. If you don’t know, TorontoVerve is one of the more popular street style photoblogs in Toronto, and presents a really great cross-section of the personalities and characters to be found whilst traversing our awesome little city. Also, the photos are absolutely stunning! Anyway, they asked me if I would like to be one of their subjects, and I was humbled and flattered by the invitation.
It turned into a really fun 101 lecture on Graffiti and Street Art from Toronto, which as you all know, I can yap my freakin’ head off about! We wandered together through the alley for a few hours, and I even made him hike up Spadina to show him the last Banksy left in Toronto!
Here are some of the photos of me in the alley, but for the full interview (We talk about Banksy, Spud, Poser, graffiti turf wars, and of course, Mayor Rob ford), click over to TorontoVerve now!
Fanks for Nigel for the invite and for being made of awesomesauce.
(All photographs copyright Nigel Hamid/TorontoVerve)
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….
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.
we all know rob ford loves his gravy
but now, our stupid monkey mayor Rob Ford has gone a step further and proved it.
back in January, our 330 lbs-of-fun Mayor launched a “cut the waist” program designed to inspire others to lose weight. since he is considered morbidly obese, he joined in with the goal of losing 50 lbs by June
guess who just scrapped the program because he was eating at KFC and McDonalds every day and couldn’t drop the weight?
Rob Ford found out that losing weight is analogous to being a Mayor. It requires EFFORT. And in both cases, he’s failed.
(ps nice work, as always, Spud)
Seriously Spud, can you pass me a kleenex or something?
take a good look at the blue underneath the SPUDR. I always knew there was something on this wall, but i could never photograph it because a building used to sit against this wall at queen and dufferin. recently it was torn down, and it has revealed something…..
THAT REALLY LOOKS LIKE A SPACE INVADER that either blended with another piece underneath it, OR someone spraypainted over it …. i can’t tell….. but yeah…. has Space Invader been in Toronto?!!!
“stay off real graf“
this much graff in the city is overwhelming. dude, i’m exhausted for you! you own like literally ever street corner.
You probably noticed how I haven’t blogged in a bit. I used to blog once a week, then for the past six months, I’ve been blogging anywhere from six to thirteen times a day. It’s getting exhausting. I still have so many more graffiti and street art pics to blog, but I’m getting a little miffed at how many people are ripping off my photos (I deleted my weekend post ranting about this. It just wasn’t sitting well with me).
Anyway, while I decide the future of The Spadina Monologues, enjoy this amazing article and photospread by the gorgeous Becca Lemire (See! I give cred! SO SHOULD YOU). She attended the Spud gallery show, as did I, and not only photographed the event for She Does The City, but also asked a few choice questions of the guests.
She asked me if I would rather talk to Spud again (I interviewed him for The Grid a couple weeks ago), or if I’d like to talk to Mayor Rob Ford.
GUESS MY ANSWER.
Click here to read the article and find out my answer (along with several others). ENJOY!
(Photo credits: Becca Lemire)
Imma be at CENSORED tonight, the gallery opening of graffiti artist SPUD. It’s at the Don’t Tell Mama gallery at 108 Ossington (2nd floor), and I fink it starts around 7:00ish but I’ll prolly show around 8ish. Oh, and look! Someone has been wheatpasting the show poster all over the city. I WONDER WHO DID THAT.
I’ve been sitting on this little piece of info for a while now! You know how I’ve been jonesing to interview graffiti artist SPUD for like, eons? Well recently I finally scored an interview with the elusive artist (he turned down The Toronto Star, but he spoke to ME, fank you very much!) and I sold the story and a couple of my photographs to The Grid, one of the best alternative weeklies in the city (they bought a bunch of my photographs once before and published them last Summer).
Click the above image to read my interview with SPUD and his take on being a graff artist in the city of Toronto. Comments are most welcome! Enjoy!
Check out my SPUD category for more of his work that I’ve profiled.
Imma make an appearance at this event, and so should you.
i love how i found this poster above another that says “you can lead a whore to culture.”
Check out my SPUD category for more of his work.
Found this at Bellwoods and Queen.
Expect big things from Spud really soon. Hint hint.
SPUD‘s gallery show is coming up in a couple weeks, and it would appear that he’s launched an attack on the streets to gear up for it. holy moly, you can’t toss a spray can in this city without hitting 20 Spud bombs.
dundas west seems to be his personal canvas.
remember when i posted these red interlocked T’s that i found in graffiti alley? i found them again in this alleyway near college street. AND according to my sources, these are also SPUD’s very first stencils from years ago. apparently they were for a collaborative project he was working on that is now defunct. AMAZING how years later, these T’s are not only still around but i’ve also found them in TWO spots now.
Check out my SPUD category for more of his work that i’ve photographed.
i love stickers! i debated titling this post “stick it to the MANR” but i didn’t find any MANR stickers.
omg they’ve resurrected spudbomb.com! that website went defunct YEARS ago (i should know, i’ve been checking) but now that SPUD has been bombing the city like mad lately, and has an upcoming gallery show (guess who’s been invited? DIS GAL!), i guess he felt it was time to bring back the ol’ spudbomb! expect more blog posts about Spud soon, i have so many photos of his stuff to share!
remember that stephen king movie IT?
that looks like the Peculiar Purple Pie-man of Porcupine Peak.
“i blame helvetica” and “blame cheap drugs.”
i love that cool RESIST sticker. i almost didn’t notice it cuz the font is just like the Canada Post font. (oh hai deadboy).
shut up, YOU’RE no fun.
so much velveeta.
Spud grenades, that is. These are in graffiti alley, and i’m pretty sure i’ve photographed them before, but in case i didn’t, here ya go again.
queen west and bathurst
his Rob Ford laughing faces will never get old!
and the Ford sperms!
Check out my Spud category for more of his work.
If Mark Twain were around today, $20 says he’d tell you to tag the shit out of your neighbourhood.
SPUD DMC makes another appearance. Check out my SPUD category for more of his debauchery.
I’ve made contact with POSER and sent him some interview questions. Hope to hear back from him soon so I can share some of his graff and street art insights! Check out my POSER category for more.
i’m on the Rail Path a lot, i like to jog along it when it’s sunshiney. i’ve blogged about all the graff i’ve found there before, but i continually forget to photograph this NIGHTMAYOR stencil on the cement (which, considering its style, i’m going to assume is done by Spud). yesterday as i jogged along, i thought, “fuck this, you can jog in place for 2 minutes to photograph it!” (note: i usually don’t like stopping whilst running, unless i’m forced to by a red light. i’m either go-go-go or bust).
there are 2 NIGHTMAYOR stencils along the rail path cement, i think Spud strategically placed them next to red arrows that the City had already placed there during construction.
it’s clearly a play on words. Spud is infamous for his Rob Ford lampoons (check out my Spud category to see what i’m talkin’ bout), so he’s calling our mayor a “nightmayor/nightmare” GET IT? har har har.
you should take a stroll along the rail path sometime. it’s this great little elevated meadow in the heart of the city, and it’s blessed with so much good graff.
if you’ve done some photograffiting and want to send me the snaps, or if you’re a street artist looking for some exposure, shoot me an email!
SPUD BOMBS GALORE!
Spud’s body of work has always dove-tailed off of the idea that Mayor Rob Ford is a demon. if you check out my Spud category, I’ve photographed his street art depicting Ford as flying spermatozoa’s, as a devil, as a massive Jabba The Hut character, and this most recent find seems to be an amalgamation of all those themes. Spud has also created work which depicts himself as the Mayor endorsed by Ford, which I find cheeky and clever.
Naturally, since Spud’s arrest, I have refrained from posting the locations of any of my Spud finds, because I don’t want The Filth to use my blog as fodder for building their case against him. So all I’ll say is – if you find this alleyway, stand in awe of the glory!
Spud has gone from making Spudbombs to SpudGrenades! These ones look awfully happy.
i did have better snaps of this alley, but as i posted earlier today, my camera fucked up, and most of my brilliant pics were corrupted. i need to go back, retrace my steps, and re-photograph everything now. SUCKS TO BE ME.
tiny Fords and Dollar signs being swallowed by King Spud Demon
this King Spud kinda looks like bubble gum . . . or dishwashing liquid.
pull the pin….KABOOM.
we love stoned-grenades.
i want my mommy.
some WICKED SWEET Spud finds yesterday! as i said when Spud was arrested, i will no longer post the location of any of his pieces, because i don’t want to give the vandals squad any ammunition against him, so i just hope you will be lucky enough to find these massive Rob Fords in adjacent alleys. OCCUPY STREET WALLS!
someone has tagged all of his stuff with “fag.” are they calling Spud a fag, or Rob Ford a fag? Cuz neither is cool.
oh good idea, put a dick on the tongue, that will drive the point home.
seriously guys, if you don’t want street art and graffiti to have a bad reputation, don’t tag stuff that violates the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms, fanks.
i found these last night by accident. I was driving along a quiet one-way street, and passed these alleyways, and just HAPPENED to notice the first Rob Ford face. Spud has used this laughing-Rob-Ford motif a lot (check out my Spud category for more instances of his work), but this is probably the biggest one i’ve been able to find thus far. I screeched the car to a halt, rammed the car in reverse, and swerved into the alley.
after i photographed this, i ran across the street to the adjacent alley just to see if there might be anything else.
and pay dirt!
i tried pulling some strings recently to get an interview with Spud, but apparently he didn’t want to.
ONE DAY, SPUD! you will be mine. oh yes. you will be miiiiiiiiiiiine.
i found this phrase painted above the TD Bank at Queen West & Euclid. fear is ruining your life.
when you are afraid, you don’t take chances. you don’t do the right thing. you don’t go above and beyond the role of a sheep. law enforcement groups and governments bank on your fear of incarceration to keep you in line, afraid, and consuming. but most of all, they know fear will keep you from questioning their authority, and revolting.
and of course, there’s a Spud Bomb right behind it. SPUD DMC.
why am i not surprised?