Just when the NYPD thought they nabbed the elusive, subway ad altering artist known as Poster Boy at a recent art show in Soho, he’s claiming the guy they arrested, Henry Matyjewicz, is just a patsy. Even Henry says so, telling the New York Timesâ€”in third person:
â€œHenry is one of many individuals who believe in the Poster Boy â€˜movement,â€™ â€ the man wrote later on Tuesday in an e-mail message, referring to Mr. Matyjewicz in the third person. â€œHenryâ€™s part is to do legal artwork while propagating the ideas behind Poster Boy. Thatâ€™s why it was O.K. for him to take the fall the other night.â€
While some might dismiss this as wanton miscommunication, there’s something to be said in the fact that unlike graffiti writers, Poster Boy doesn’t leave any one identifying mark that can tie him to the alleged acts of vandalism. Plus he has indeed inspired copycats, which should make prosecuting him a lot harder than this devilishly simple method of defense. Everyone is Poster Boy!