The anonymous artist, known only as “Wanksy” and based in the Greater Manchester area of northern England, has become known for the large male genitalia he draws on public roadways. But he’s not doing it for the reason you expect and he’s not being malicious. Wanksy is on a mission to repair the roads.
“The roads of Manchester are in an appalling state, especially around Bury. I have cyclist friends who have been hospitalised. They damage vehicles. Sometimes it’s hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many. When I’ve finished in Ramsbottom, I’ll move on to the rest of Manchester.” – Wanksy
Wanksy makes a point of using washable spray paint that will disappear on its own within a week or two. Still, local officials are none too pleased
“The actions of this individual are not only stupid but incredibly insulting to local residents. Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they are confronted with these obscene symbols as they walk to school? Not only is this vandalism, but it’s also counter-productive. Every penny that we have to spend cleaning off this graffiti is a penny less that we have to spend on actually repairing the potholes!” -Some bureaucracy probably
On a positive note, his work is achieving results! Years-old potholes have been fixed within 48 hours of him tagging them.
Here are some of examples of his work being “fixed” by the municipality.
It looks like Wanksy’s work is yielding results. The road ahead may be long and hard, but as long as he keeps thrusting ahead, he’ll get the satisfaction his city needs. And when he sees the hot liquid asphalt spurting all over the street, Wanksy knows it’s worth it.