Graffiti Artist Uses NSFW Way to Get City’s Attention to Fix Potholes

This guy must be yanking his city's chain.

wanksyCity governments aren’t usually the best at realizing the value of PR and reputation maintenance. In fact, most of them suck.

Perhaps it’s the inability to figure out what constituents really need or the fact that people are just naturally polarizing. Poll anyone about city government and he/she will get on that soapbox faster than a troll on Justin Bieber’s Twitter account.

Meet “Wanksy.”

He’s a talented graffiti artist (otherwise known as a “writer” in 80s hip-hop circles) who has a certain panache for city advocacy. Potholes are apparently a big problem in Manchester, which is what got Wanksy so busy — and got the attention of Ye Olde Majesty’s City Council.wanksy 2

Yes, he draws penises around each pothole.

From the story in the Manchester Evening News, (whose hometown has as many as 70 potholes per half-mile):

“The roads of Manchester are in an appalling state, especially around Bury. I have cyclist friends who have been hospitalised. They damage vehicles. Sometimes it’s hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many. When I’ve finished in Ramsbottom, I’ll move on to the rest of Manchester.”

potholesHere’s his strategy:

“I wanted to attract attention to the pothole and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus…I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem.”

It worked!

That’s public relations for you — there’s no such thing as an original idea…only original uses of the same old phallic concept.