Meet Patrick Waldo, The Artist Formerly Known As Moustache Man

09.20.12 Andy Cush & Aymann Ismail

Last night, ANIMAL chatted with Patrick Waldo, the street artist responsible for the formerly ubiquitous cursive “moustache” tag that graced the upper lips of smiling people in subway ads across NYC. Waldo, a comedian who stumbled into street art almost by accident, was at the UCB Theatre performing his one-man show “Moustache Man: Confessions of a NYC Graffiti Artist.”

Waldo’s run as Moustache Man drew to a close last year, when he was arrested after a three-month NYPD investigation. He had some choice words for the department at the end of his show. “I want to apologize to the NYPD for wasting so much of their time,” said Waldo. “Had they not had to investigate me, they could have been doing the things they usually do: spying on Muslims, shooting people outside the Empire State Building, and stop-and-frisking young black men.”

(Patrick Waldo will be performing “Moustache Man: Confessions of a NYC Graffiti Artist” at 8pm on October 11 and 18 at the UCB Theatre on 26th Street)