If you thought today’s pop quiz would be the last you’d hear about the Cormac McCarthiest presidential candidate of all-time, think again. Yesterday we spotted a mystery man plastering the above image over a doorframe right next to New Museum. After he climbed down from his ladder and got ready to make like a rat and
copulate with Ted Cruz scamper off, we had a word with him about the latest of many, many, many, many creative attempts to bring down the Donald.
The artist didn’t want to give his name or even a pseudonym— after all, he doesn’t know what would happen if he got caught up in the city’s war against graffiti. “I’d like to think they just give you a fine, but it depends on if the cop likes Donald Trump or not,” he said. “My concern is that they do.”
So far, he has put up an estimated 20 or so posters on walls and inside of phone-booth advertising windows in the East Village, where he lives— strategically “not the best” neighborhood, he admits, since he’s preaching to the choir. (Plans for a Times Square operation are in the works.)
When the idea originally came to him in the shower, the tagline wasn’t “LOSER,” but “LOCALS ONLY,” a reference from the artist’s West Coast upbringing: “Trump is kind of a ‘locals only’ guy— he’s kind of one of those hooligan surfer kind of guys that I grew up with, so I just thought it was funny.”
So, if not Trump, who’s his favorite candidate? “I love Bernie, like we all do— just because I really like Larry David, and they seem to be the same person.”