Town Fixes its Pothole Problem After Resident Spray Paints Obscene Images Around Them
We can all agree that potholes are the worst. It’s like they’re invisible until right before you drive over them. Then they suddenly appear just in the knick of time when you can’t do anything about it and POW! You plow into it, causing your car to shake, the stuff in the passenger seat to rumble, and you wondering if you’re going to need a new tire.
It’s really one of the most annoying feelings in the world that can send anyone with or without road rage into a fit of…well, rage. So when your town consistently has potholes on every road, it’s hard not to want to take action to get them fixed. How you do that however may differ from person to person.
One person in a northeast England was getting really sick of all the potholes that kept popping up on the roads in his town of Middlesborough—and how nothing was getting done to fix them even after people complained. So he decided to take matters into his own hands.
He decided to create some…er….art around the potholes. Okay, we’re being modest: the man spray painted graffiti images of male genitalia around them. He just really wanted the town to make filling the potholes a priority so he had to draw attention to them SOMEHOW.
We honestly think it’s brilliant: The town council of Middlesbrough re-routed their planned schedule to fill the potholes and remove the graffiti (don’t worry, it was done in washable spray paint!).
This anonymous man can’t actually take full credit for this hilarious act. He was inspired by a man who deems himself “Wansky,” a play on the popular street artist Bansky. “Wansky” started the trend after doing the exact same stunt in his town in Manchester. And guess what? Those potholes were fixed right away too.
“I wanted to draw attention to the pothole and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus. I don’t want [them] to be in the road for a long time,” Wansky had said. “People will drive over the same pothole and forget about it. Suddenly you draw something amusing around it, everyone sees it, and it either gets reported or fixed.”
However, the council members were not exactly amused. “Painting obscene graffiti around potholes will not get them repaired any quicker, but simply waste valuable time and resources, and is considered vandalism,” they said.
We’ve gotta side with Wasnky and the anonymous man in Middlesborough—the spray paint did seem to have a much higher effect rate, since many potholes that were over a year old were filled within 48 hours to a week of the “artwork.”
Sure, we get the town being a little P.O.-ed, but at least drivers and bikers alike can transport themselves from one destination to another safely. Everyone wins!
Do you have a lot of potholes where you live? What do you think of these artists spray creating penis potholes (say that three times fast)? Do you think it’s brilliant or offensive?