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neon is in, people.

this doggie wanted to be in the photo... so be it :)

 

rank is one of toronto's few stencil artists. more works here

 

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part of "resurface", a style in progress event in the alley behind the drake hotel in toronto.

 

this event was particularly significant for the toronto graffiti community in light of the graffiti by-law which, in short, deems ANYTHING but corporate advertising illegal - any and all public spaces including legal walls already transformed by city/privately sponsored graffiti projects.

 

in order to keep the graffiti as art mural private property owners must hand over $200 to the city, and even then, the city officials have authority to constitute what is art and what is not. (WHAT?! ya, thats what i said too.) in the case that property owners do not remove the graffiti, the city fines them or buff the walls at the owner's expense.

 

smells like poo, smells like poo...

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Taken on June 4, 2005