Steven Weissman

Counterproductive

Anonymity is not without its value.

And it is also true that vandalism really does suck, and is a poor method for political communication in the industrialized world.

Illustration by Steven Weissman, 8 April 2015, for The Stranger.Those two businesses are owned by some really nice people (one of whom I see busting his ass every morning at 5:30 a.m., trying to make a living) who had to spend a ton of money to hire the graffiti squad to come clean up your spray-paint vomit. If you’d seen the disappointment in their faces, I’d like to think you’d be ashamed of yourself. Here’s the good news: Guess who has really stepped up patrols in the neighborhood? That’s right, the fuzz! They took a keen interest in your most recent act of stupidity. I hope they arrest you and make you drink your own paint.

(Anonymous)

But we have a problem in Seattle; the police department is a brutal, murderous gang. People really are pissed off about this. And while it is true that vandalism really sucks, it makes exactly no sense whatsoever to hope “the fuzz” go out of their way to make things worse. Advocating further police brutality gains nobody anything. Well, that’s not exactly true. The advocate can feel empowered by calling for other people to commit criminal violence. Then again, this only further harms a community already reeling under the burden of a police racket.

You, Anonymous, are part of the problem.

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Anonymous. “I, Anonymous”. The Stranger. 8 April 2015.

An Appeal to General Decency

I, Anonymous writes:Detail of illustration by Steven Weissman for The Stranger, 11 February 2015.

Dear worthless hipster dude who called my friend a “fat cunt”: My friend came into your bar and was overcharged. She spoke up for herself, and you called her a “fat cunt.”

The rest is pretty obvious, but click the link if you’re the sort who needs a refresher.

For the rest of us, it should suffice to say I’ll take any excuse to post a Steven Weissman illustration of, er … ah … well, yeah, a fat cunt.

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Anonymous. “I, Anonymous”. The Stranger. 11 February 2015.