Mississauga graffiti message, “FUCK THE POLITIANS WHY DO THEY GET PAID SO MUCH THERE R VOICE THEY EAT WHILE WE STARV”
February 26th, 2013
This is a follow up to my May 28, 2012 blog, Graffiti Mississauga Report: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Is the message changing? where I first began pondering whether the nature of Mississauga graffiti is changing.
Today I report on a graffiti site that I hadn’t visited since September 2012. And there’s been quite the change…
Looking back, I have to say that I could not have understood municipal government without studying youth and graffiti. And as incongruous as it sounds I could not have seen the implications of Alzheimer’s without researching youth and graffiti. Especially (believe it or not) graffiti!
And now’s as good a time as any to remember Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Youth Plan Strategy as described in the Mississauga News (June 30, 2009).
“We should concentrate on the 98 per cent that are good youth” —Hazel McCallion
Meaning, let’s write off the 2% that aren’t “good youth”.
So here’s video complete with transcript.
Graffiti Mississauga: Where “FTP” means “Fuck the Police” AND “Fuck the Politicians” (3:11 min)
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]
MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012
It is Monday, February the 25th, 2013 and I just want to document an area that I haven’t really seen since, gosh, Fall, I would say.
This is all new material. And there’s been a lot more “FTP”s lately —”FTP” “Fuck the Police”— in this area. And that may be because of some arrests by Peel Police of graffiti writers. So word may have gotten around.
Except for one thing.
Down here, I would say in light green lettering —it looks like it says, “SENSR”, “FOLLOW THE PAINTERS”.
But I had speculated back in December [note, actually it was May 2012] that the nature of Mississauga graffiti is changing. And that there are now, instead of tags like this. Or like this —these are throws, actually, but they’re still tags. We now are more message-based like “FUCK THE GOV”ernment.
Or in Erin Mills, it was “This is Not Freedom” and also “MEDIA LIES!” And as I said, this site is getting more “FTP”s.
I’d always thought it meant “Fuck the Police” but I got quite the surprise when I saw this the other day. There’s the “FTP” and I thought, oh “Fuck the Police” but no. It’s “Fuck the Politicians”!
And this came as a huge surprise.
“FTP” “Fuck the Politicians”.
Now the other surprise is the colour —which is quite a happy sea-foam green. And maybe that’s all these guys had to write with. Somehow, this looks like a friendlier “Fuck You!!” than if it were in dark black.
But still now the question is, is that “FTP” right there —does it mean “Fuck the Police” or “Fuck the Politicians”?
And as always I don’t report this stuff —I just document it.
I gotta say I certainly sympathize with these two messages right here.
This one here. Let me just say:
“FUCK THE POLITIANS [sic]
WHY DO THEY GET PAID SO MUCH
THERE R VOICE
THEY EAT WHILE WE STARV
And I recognize this particular artist. And I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t make that out.
And more “FTP”s and the question is, does that mean “Fuck the Police” or “Fuck the Politicians”?
Anyway, there’s more stuff so I’m going to turn the camera off. And report later. Turning camera off.
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]
From the same site.
May 2012 Graffiti report from the same site.
Graffiti Mississauga: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Changing messages?