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Images of Masked Men in Midtown

Artistic expression or menacing image?

In January, were posted to street signs around the Midtown neighborhood. Some neighbors didn't appreciate the signs and they were taken down. 

Now, two street signs and one pole have been tagged with images of masked men. The images can be found along Monroe Drive, 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive.

Amy Wenk March 28, 2011 at 01:46 AM
This is one reader's conclusion: http://bit.ly/gyZo0D and http://bit.ly/e0HKiA
Bridgette Fontaine March 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM
I think it is a terror tactic from a gang. Midtown has been the target for years and this is an attempt to keep the residence in a state of fear. We can combat this with more police presence and a better neighbor hood watch program. Maybe have the neighborhood association raise come money to pay for it. Use this "Terror Tactic" as a tool to bring the community closer together...."Unite and save the Night"
Berlon A Smith March 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM
artistic expression. indeedee, where did you come up with that interpretation I ask.
KamdenATL March 28, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Umm... I'm pretty sure this is just a picture from the Carton Network "Adult Swim" TV Show, "Delocated"... definitely not a terror tactic. More like guerrilla marketing. http://www.adultswim.com/shows/delocated/index.html
Amy Wenk March 28, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Interesting ...
Marc Acampora March 28, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Looks like Homer Simpson in a ski mask. Definitely NOT another excuse for more money, more police, more enforcement, more neighborhood fear, more surveillance.
Amy Wenk March 28, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Thanks for sharing, Marc! I've asked Cartoon Network/Adult Swim to confirm or deny if they are responsible for the images.
Daniel Gilmore March 28, 2011 at 02:20 PM
A local band actually puts those up. They wear ski masks as part of their act.
Amy Wenk March 28, 2011 at 02:27 PM
Really? What band is that? Can you name?
Sara Van Beck March 28, 2011 at 02:41 PM
You people really need to get out more This paper art tag has been all over intown for well over a year now There was a huge one on the vacant bank at Ponce and Monroe Just like the folks putting up the 1920s gatlin guns on little piecs of wood and afixing them about The SCAD kids are in Midtown now, and they're bringing their notions of art in public spaces with them Go check out Beep Beep Gallery on April 2, and do the Ponce Crush art crawl Next time you go to Little 5, look around on the street signs, telephone poles, etc I laughed so hard when women I know were on the nightly news cast saying the gun stick=ups were a clarion call for MPSA and APD to put more boots on the ground I could just see all the hip and trendy kids spewing their beers from laughting so hard watching the telecast, enjoying their success as punking the rich and uptight... SVB
Amy Wenk March 28, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Elliott Niespodziani, publicist for Cartoon Network / Adult Swim, says: "I confirmed with Adult Swim marketing that the images of masked men around Midtown are not related to a marketing campaign for Delocated."
Amy Wenk March 28, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Sara, thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Daniel Gilmore March 28, 2011 at 04:30 PM
The band is called 'Lee Harvey Oswald;' they're a rap ensemble. And, as Sara pointed out, these mask prints are all over the city.
Paul Lee Roth March 28, 2011 at 05:48 PM
The myspace page and other pages related to this band look like they have been inactive for three years. It makes no sense that this band would be so active in tagging yet not attend to their myspace page in years. The suggestions above of SCAD and Turner make more sense to me. Is it possible that the SCAD 'kids' are the 'left hand' of Cartoon Network the 'right hand,' and the band that looks to be defunct is wrongly being given credit for these illeagal acts?
thwg March 28, 2011 at 08:48 PM
has anyone updated a myspace page in the last 3 years?
thwg March 28, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Also, to be a bit more constructive... A local band would have much better results (IMO) with a campaign like this than doing things online. Having a local presence first is much more important. Perhaps they've seen the success of "catlanta" and are attempting a similar type of "social art". Also, are they doing anything illegal? I haven't seen the "tags", but it looks like they could be poster type things that can be removed. Their gun signs seemed to be easily removed without doing any permanent damage to property... is it illegal to post things on sign posts/telephone poles? If so, people looking for lost cats and dogs are just as guilty.
Daniel Gilmore March 28, 2011 at 09:10 PM
I think you're reading way too much into it Paul. I personally know friends of the band, those are their masks. I went to a show a year ago or so, so I don't know what to tell you about their myspace, but theyre still active. Their facebook looks pretty regularly updated, perhaps theyve just moved on to the most recent social technology. Also, many of those have been up for a long time, this isnt something that just popped up recently; wheatpaste art has surprisingly longevity it would seem.
Paul Lee Roth March 28, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Daniel Gilmore, Sarah Van Beck seems to think that it is the SCAD 'kids'. See the above post. - 'There was a huge one on the vacant bank at Ponce and Monroe.' Who is right, you or her or the two people who have pointed to Cartoon Network? To answer your question here is an myspace page that has been updated in the past three years. http://www.myspace.com/glympseautomatic
Daniel Gilmore March 28, 2011 at 10:01 PM
You're welcome to believe whatever you'd like about the origins of the mask prints, but I've met the guys in the band, seem them play, and I am good friends with a friend of the band, hence my familiarity with them. I dont know where you found that particular myspace page of theirs, but here is their more complete one: http://www.myspace.com/misterleeharvey . Admittedly, that hasnt been updated in about a year, but as I mentioned before, their facebook page is up to date: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LEE-HARVEY-OSWALD-LHO-OFFICIAL-PAGE-zone-7-artists-ATLANTA/375560000649 last updated yesterday. Their page is replete with pictures of their mask logo on all sorts of surfaces, from the wheatpaste prints that we see on some buildings, to stickers, to posters in windows, & pictures from their live shows. Cartoon Networks guerilla marketing techniques are arguably much more sophisticated than the low-quality wheatpastes of masks that this band is using. Besides the ample amount of billboard space the have across the city which they use to run some rather eclectic ads for their adult swim lineup, the constantly changing mural along Williams Street between 14th and 16th should also provide a better idea of how they operate.
Daniel Gilmore March 28, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Excuse me, I meant to say that the Cartoon Network mural wall was on Williams St between 10th & 12th, where the Turner Studios building is, not between 14th and 16th. Anyone wanting to go get a peek at it, the murals they have on their are usually quite colorful & humorous.
Paul Lee Roth March 28, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Daniel, you seem to know what is going on around town.
Daniel Gilmore March 29, 2011 at 03:27 AM
I try to stay abreast of what's going on for Patch :).
Phil V March 30, 2011 at 04:19 AM
I can't believe people have time for all this. Made me laugh though. Thanks for that.
Sue Pegsmen March 30, 2011 at 01:13 PM
just paint them over if they bother you
Sue Pegsmen March 30, 2011 at 01:14 PM
just paint over them if they bother you. We do this to graffitti all the time- pink paint bothers the "artist"
Cassandra McClung April 02, 2011 at 04:53 AM
bwahahahaha this is awesome
joinpatch@patch.com August 16, 2012 at 07:47 PM
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEUP!

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