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Stop Stalking Me, Stupid Wizard

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STEVEN WEISSMAN

Dear mural painter: You know how sometimes pop songs grow on you? When they first come out, you're not interested, but after repeated playings over and over, you end up enjoying the song? Visual art doesn't work that way. That black-and-white wizard you've stuck on every fucking telephone pole on Capitol Hill is lame and unwanted. I'm a fan of guerrilla art, but what you've done is excessive. It's not art—it's trash that you've decided we all need to see every day, everywhere we go. Please clean up after yourself. Stick to murals that someone has asked you or (amazingly) paid you to paint. I can easily avoid those.

—Anonymous

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I happen to enjoy seeing the wizard and I appreciate the fact that this person has taken the time and effort to have him printed out on good paper.

You have to look up near the tops of posts in order to see them anyway. They're very easy to miss (or avoid).
Posted by treehugger on June 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
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Wow. dissing an advertiser. Nice work Stranger, biting a hand that feeds you. Anyway, I for one, like the art.
Posted by apete on June 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM · Report this
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Comfy Monster feels left out
Posted by JimBob on June 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM · Report this
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Someone complaining about too much art?? Perhaps Seattle is not the place for you. I think there is a room to rent in SeaBrook.
Posted by Wizard Lover on June 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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You guys are dogs, going out of your way to slam someone who patronizes your paper. I'm sure you guys got other submissions, but yeah just had to go after a sweet guy like Ryan. The sad news, he has a far more positive impact on the culture of this city than your hate rag does anymore...
Posted by Indignation-wizard on June 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM · Report this
merry 6
I like the wizard. I'd be interested in seeing more of this guy's art, but the F-book page is private....

:(
Posted by merry on June 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM · Report this
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Dear boring I, Anon person: You know how sometimes you meet boring people and you really try to enjoy their presence but it really never happens and then you just sort of start to hang out with other people? That’s you.
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on June 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 8
I like the wizard. I anon needs to take his/her snooty ass back to the Least Coast
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on June 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM · Report this
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both advertisement .However this is free
Posted by guhj on June 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM · Report this
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It's a Compassionate Wizard. It's an artistic reminder to be compassionate. Try it.
Posted by 1978 Ave Rats on June 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM · Report this
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He has a website...www.ryanhenryward.com
Posted by twatson on June 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM · Report this
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I don't live in Seattle, and haven't seen the ubiquitous wizard. But it sounds cool. Deal with it, IA.
Posted by turtlemilk on June 6, 2013 at 7:17 AM · Report this
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Got to wonder about whiners who have nothing better to do than get bent out of shape about bullshit like this...

I would decline to date such a person. I'm not saying I wouldn't get them drunk and fuck them silly, but after the drunk sex-fest, they would have to hit the road, preferably forgetting my address.
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on June 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM · Report this
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I really like the wizard, it makes me happy to see bursts of whimsical art over otherwise blaring advertisements and despondent cityscapes.
Posted by TheWanderer on June 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM · Report this
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Blow jobs at every power pole would be so so so much better. On your knees ladies! And don't forget to swallow! PS Cocaine and malt liquor make for great after care.
Posted by Head Addvocate on June 6, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
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@15 - I used to go to a Korean barber shop where the ladies would "finish you off" after a trim... And for only $20 including the cut!
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on June 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM · Report this
OrdinaryMadness.org 17
I don't really mind the wizard, but whoever sprays "shitbarf" around Capitol Hill should have his or her spraying finger broken. It's not art it's just vandalism.
Posted by OrdinaryMadness.org http://www.ordinarymadness.org on June 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM · Report this
Posted by ridia on June 6, 2013 at 11:04 PM · Report this
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I love the Wizard! Sheesh there's no pleasing some people I guess.
Posted by the Wizard stays! on June 7, 2013 at 6:47 AM · Report this
Seattlebcc 20
Evidently a transplant from some other part of the country! Come November they'll be griping that it rains all the time!
Posted by Seattlebcc on June 7, 2013 at 6:53 AM · Report this
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He was the wizard of a thousand kings,
And I chance to meet him one night wandering,
He told me tales and he drank my wine,
Me and my magic man kind of feeling fine.

He had a cloak of gold and eyes of fire,
And as he spoke out felt a deep desire,
To free the world of it's fear and pain,
And help the people to feel free again.

Why don't we listen to the voices in our heart
Cause then I know we'd find we're not so far apart
Everybody's got to be happy, everyone should sing
For we know the joy of life, the peace that love can bring.

So spoke the wizard in his mountain home
The vision of his wisdom means we'll never be alone
And I will dream of my magic night,
And the million silver stars
That guide me with their light.
Posted by Vinsanity on June 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM · Report this
undead ayn rand 22
@17: I believe it's some crusty anarkid (in his thirties).
Posted by undead ayn rand on June 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 23
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I disagree, I laugh everytime I see "shitbarf" scrawled on something.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on June 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM · Report this
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The wizard is captured in the Seattle Street Art Vol 2 book http://seattlestreetart.com/
Posted by fourstory on June 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM · Report this
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The problem with most homosexuals is their obsession with "pecs" and "lats" and bun hugging polyester trousers. And when I say "bun hugging" lets be clear that most of these over testosteroned men are looking at the other side of the equation, the typical huge crotch that so many gay men put up on a shelf for everyone to see. I'm telling you: Ever go to a Gay Pride event? Virtually naked men oiled up and glistening under hot lights in Speedos gyrating their hips in suggestive ways and tossing condoms to the audience like candy... Disgusting. There used to be a "business" around the corner from my condo that called themselves a "Bath House"; I went in once looking for a steam, but there was no steam room to be found, and the massage I received is not something I would describe to my wife.
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on June 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM · Report this
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@23 I think I would laugh as well if it was scrawled on something that deserved a revolting slogan, but when it's on a bus stop bench it just seems inappropriate.
Posted by OrdinaryMadness.org http://www.ordinarymadness.org on June 8, 2013 at 1:37 AM · Report this
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@25: Might want to lay off the malt liquor and cocaine before posting. Might want to lay off them anyway.
Posted by treehugger on June 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 28
@26
To be fair bus stop benches are pretty revolting.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on June 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM · Report this
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I don't think this I, Anonymous author is getting bent out of shape. I think they're making a totally valid point in a totally reasonable way. One or a few wizards would be cool. 900 (the number the artist told the Seattle Times he posted between Seattle and Bellingham) is spammy and annoying.
Posted by BlueHerring on June 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM · Report this
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undead ayn rand 31
@25: A moment of malt liquor and cocaine regret? Say it ain't so!
Posted by undead ayn rand on June 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM · Report this

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