Popular Street Artist ‘Moustache Man’ Arrested in New York

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By Steve Delahoyde Comment

Apparently just canceling the “Art in the Streets” show at the Brooklyn Museum wasn’t enough to keep the pesky street artists away from New York. Following the recent arrest of artist and former Keith Haring collaborator, Angel Ortiz, and the slew of arrests that have plagued Los Angeles following the opening of the aforementioned exhibition in that city, the AP reports that popular street artist Joseph Waldo was recently arrested “on charges including felony criminal mischief and possession of a graffiti instrument.” Waldo had operated under several names, most having the word “mustache” somewhere in the title due to his method of defacement, wherein, instead of drawing a mustache made of hair, he would put that same word on the upper lip of unsuspecting signage. Clever and funny, he recently said in an interview that “At its simplest level, it’s a quick joke meant to give commuters something to smile about while they’re waiting for the subway, coming off from a long day at work, or getting stabbed on the D train.” But he had apparently gotten too prolific and popular for the NYPD’s liking and was eventually nabbed after the authorities had reportedly spent the last two months tracking his work.

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