Topic: Moustache Man

You’ve Been Moustache’d!

You've Been Moustache'd!

For the past few months, images like this have been showing up in New York subway stations. This is the work of vandal/artist Moustache Man. Moustache Man is known for one tag, and one tag only: He has gone around the New York subway system, covertly scribbling the word “moustache” in a distinctively curly hand over the upper lips of people pictured in advertisements. Everyone from Cameron Diaz to Mila Jovovich has been getting the moustache treatment, and you know what? I kind of dig it. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who gets a kick out of it, either. The tag is whimsical in a Magritte-esque, “This Is Not A Pipe” sort of way, and it’s made subway riding into a scavenger hunt (and who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt?). Perhaps more importantly, though, this is the kind of vandalism that I find hard to view as actual vandalism. Yes, technically speaking, all street art is vandalism; but that doesn’t mean it can’t be Art-with-a-capital-A at the same time. More »