Local political graffiti in Toronto
Graffiti depiction of Mayor Rob Ford, Toronto, by Deadboy. Photo: Stephanie Findlay/Toronto Star.
Typical graffiti is mostly self-indulgent, as it is about an individual making his/her mark, but isn't a statement of much of anything outside of the individual. It can be relatively dull or quite interesting, artistically speaking. When you see political graffiti it tends to be about national or international issues, not local ones.
Only the heads, replaced with Rob and Doug Ford, differ from the illustrations of Tweedledum and Tweedledee by British political cartoonist John Tenniel that appeared in a 1865 Lewis Carroll edition. STEPHANIE FINDLAY/TORONTO STAR.
In "Metro Hall gets graffiti-bombed," the Toronto Globe & Mail places Deadboy in the context of Toronto's new Graffiti Management Plan. From the article:
The showcase follows on the heels of Toronto’s new graffiti management plan, born from months of public consultation in the wake of a failed graffiti crackdown this winter. Passed by council in June, this radical shift in policy aims to distinguish graffiti vandalism from other forms of street art.
A staff panel and soon-to-be-established graffiti registry will help police differentiate between permitted, legally commissioned street art and vandalism. Designated “Graffiti Alleys,” located along Queen West, have been declared exempt from graffiti bylaw enforcement.
Mr. Lialias based the concept for SAS on various other city models, taking up the issue after learning that the mayor’s “War on Graffiti” in February forced business owners – many running small stores or galleries along the Queen West strip – to pay up to $10,000 for the removal of tags. Mr. Lialias teamed up with the city to consult both street artists and Business Improvement Areas, a process that culminated in the graffiti management plan.
-- Toronto's Street Art Showcase, digital projection of street art images onto a public building