Sen. Ted Cruz would like to clear up something about those bad-boy posters in L.A.

posted at 9:21 pm on March 17, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Over the weekend, some truly great L.A. street art went viral. The posters feature Sen. Ted Cruz’s head atop a shirtless torso tattooed within an inch of its armpits, hawking the “Blacklisted and Loving It Tour,” with a cigarette hanging from his lip. Cruz was indeed appearing in L.A. the week the posters promoted, though at the Beverly Wilshire, not the Hilton.

The speed with which the poster’s image sailed through political circles, left and right, illustrates the power of a little unexpected art, particularly good street art, which is not exactly known as a conservative strong suit. Cruz’s response illustrates the immense power of a little unexpected art in the reply as well. His genuinely funny (not just graded on the Senator Curve) response spurred a whole other round of coverage.

Today, he signed the poster…another round of Twitter coverage.

Caleb Howe at RightScoop tracked down the guy who appears to be the artist, whose social media presence— as is to be expected of street artists who are good— is weird:

Like many artists, particularly in Southern California, Sabo’s art seems to tend toward the, to say the least, controversial or “shock” genre. This is evidenced of course by the Cruz posters, but also by some of the other far more over the edge pieces posted on the Facebook site. We have asked him about his artwork and in particular about his motivations with the Cruz posters, but have not heard back at this time.

Until then, you’ll be happy to know that, friend or foe, the Cruz posters will soon be available to all.

Meanwhile, the poster has inspired other Photoshops:


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You can’t buy that kind of attention.

myiq2xu on March 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Very smart.

faraway on March 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Sen Cruz is more piped than I gave a Princeton man credit for…

JohnGalt23 on March 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM

GREAT RESPONSE BY CRUZ.

Attention all Political wannabees, panderers,
Stand for nothing Yammerers, and assorted
money grabbers.

This is how it’s done.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM

When bluegills gets one, it will have jumped the shark.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Can’t wait to see the posters of Mitch…

d1carter on March 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

If you look at the original poster, tat Cruz is not wearing any pants.

Blake on March 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Blake on March 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

So?

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Everything lately has been so depressing. Thanks for bringing fun back into political discourse.

Cruz can do what many in this country would not let Palin do. Correct our course before we shipwreck and sink.

jazzuscounty on March 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

When bluegills gets one, it will have jumped the shark.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Sad, but true.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Awesome response no doubt.
More of THIS, please.
.
However, this type Alinsky demonizing will be accepted by the mainstream and is still very effective with the LoFo voters out there. It works for the commie creeps out there.

FlaMurph on March 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM

The poster creator is one of ours.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM

If you look at the original poster, tat Cruz is not wearing any pants.

Blake on March 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

So?

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Indeed, neither am I at this point in time….

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Love. This.

If only someone can Photoshop ‘The Cruz’ onto a 70′s Keith Richards onstage: Then the man’s golden. Just saying.

orangemtl on March 17, 2014 at 9:46 PM

The whole thing is hilarious. In the same vein, I remember this from a few months ago:

http://www.exjon.com/1/post/2013/05/ted-bully-cruz-bad-boy-of-the-us-senate.html

It’s really funny, imo.

juliesa on March 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

This is brilliant. I want one. What it does is imprint toughness in the minds of the low-info voter.

John the Libertarian on March 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Hell yeah!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Also, great job on the Factor tonight, MKH

John the Libertarian on March 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Media: “Senator Cruz, what are you rebelling against?”

Cruz: “What…have you GOT?”

Smash the Matrix
Cruz / Paul 2016

The Red Pill…You KNOW you want it!

KirknBurker on March 17, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Was “good street art” some sort of pseudo-intellectual post-punk joke?

Thank you for glorifying vandalism of public property. To what address should Los Angeles send you the cleanup bill?

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

the fact that bluegill is head over heels with Ted, gets my antennae up.

yeah he went to Harvard and looks like Teddy Munster…..it’s something else….i just don’t see it..yet…

renalin on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

I’m covered in tats. (I’m not joking.) And I want TC to be the next Prez.

WhatSlushfund on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Smartest man in politics. And that includes Hillary.

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Indeed, neither am I at this point in time….

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Snort!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Was “good street art” some sort of pseudo-intellectual post-punk joke?

Thank you for glorifying vandalism of public property. To what address should Los Angeles send you the cleanup bill?

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Lighten up, Francis.

M240H on March 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Decaf….now.

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

A conservative politician making stepping into culture (a tiny step), when was the last time we saw that.

ritewhit on March 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Love it!

Decaf….now.

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Prep the tranq dart.

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Bless your heart.

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

One day, everybody will know the freedom of being pantsless.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Was “good street art” some sort of pseudo-intellectual post-punk joke?

Thank you for glorifying vandalism of public property. To what address should Los Angeles send you the cleanup bill?

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Because that ugly white box was adding so much value to the neighborhood.

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Wished I’d come up with it. Great book piece. ; )

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Cruz looks like he might be able to stand up against Putin. Better than mom-jeans and helmets while on a girls bike. You go Ted.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Hell yeah! annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

think I’m going to email that one to McCain.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM

renalin on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

.
Eddie.

FlaMurph on March 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

God Bless Texas!

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM

At first glance I thought it was a Bill Murray poster…..

superdave on March 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Ted Cruz ✔ @tedcruz
Follow

Saw this, but noticed an error. So I wanted to make one thing clear: I don’t smoke cigarettes http://bit.ly/1nqK08i
8:58 AM – 15 Mar 2014

Notice he just said he didn’t smoke cigarettes.

Yeah, he like that sticky icky.
And no wussy skeeter-leg joints for Ted.

Blunts baby!

soundingboard on March 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Can’t wait for Cruz’s Blacklisted and Loving It Tour to play 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Now that will be a Party!!

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Stating that without the link is unTexan.

Do it again, and you may get your citizenship revoked.

Or, at the very least, get on ALyT’s bad side.

And you don’t want to be on ALyT’s bad side.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Lighten up, Francis.

M240H on March 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Obligatory.
;)

soundingboard on March 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM

I’d pay a bunch of money to have a signed copy of that in my gun room.

Spade on March 17, 2014 at 10:16 PM

One day, everybody will know the freedom of being pantsless.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Now that’s a hill I’m ready to die on!!!!

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Since I greatly appreciate this marvelous work of art that was added to the ugly white box, the City of Los Angeles should send me the bill.

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM

address or BS

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Bless your heart, you try so hard.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Thank you for glorifying vandalism of public property. To what address should Los Angeles send you the cleanup bill?

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

…Pennsylvania Ave. Washington D C…attention:Mooch.

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM

address or BS

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Posting comments under my name?

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Who’s the guy in the black turtleneck supposed to be? Steve McQueen?

PattyJ on March 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

What if Cruz shows up in CO with a big&ss bong, takes a huge hit, and then is caught buying a whole pickup full of Girl Scout Cookies with all those nice girls and moms riding in the back as a great fundraiser?

I say…CO is going RED.

KirknBurker on March 17, 2014 at 10:31 PM

I love the photoshop of Cruz as Johnny Cash giving everyone the finger. I think I like this Sabo fellow.

Mini-14 on March 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Seems like this would only help Ted in L.A.

Laura Castellano on March 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Was “good street art” some sort of pseudo-intellectual post-punk joke?

Thank you for glorifying vandalism of public property. To what address should Los Angeles send you the cleanup bill?

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

80 JuanCorona blvd.

arnold ziffel on March 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Learn about the artist, SABO, check out his other work, and buy the Ted Cruz poster … SABO is an artist worth supporting.

http://unsavoryagents.com

Pork-Chop on March 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Grrrrr!
Hisssssss!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:36 PM

This is the greatest thing ever!

Hope he runs for president.

bluegill on March 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Pork-Chop on March 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I awready linked to that. Great minds and all…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

love the photoshop of Cruz as Johnny Cash giving everyone the finger. I think I like this Sabo fellow. Mini-14 on March 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I sent it to McCain. Sums up my regard for him.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

If you look at the original poster, tat Cruz is not wearing any pants.

Blake on March 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Jealous?

Maddie on March 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

This is the greatest thing ever!

Hope he runs for president.

bluegill on March 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Just type ‘Derp’ and try not to hurt yourself.

BigWyo on March 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

bluegill on March 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

So predictable.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

jon gabriel ‏@exjon Mar 14

GOP needs to embrace its bad boy image. Every Boehner appearance where he isn’t smoking filterless Camels is an opportunity wasted.

Custodio ‏@Dodio Mar 14

@exjon he should start vaping on MTP and when Gregory goes apoplectic Boehner just says “Science, bitch”

jon gabriel ‏@exjon Mar 14

Stop crying, Boehner. Start putting out cigarettes on reporters’ foreheads.

lynncgb on March 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Jealous?

Maddie on March 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Jealous of what? If you are incapable of making sense, don’t try to make smart ass retorts.

Blake on March 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

jon gabriel ‏@exjon Mar 14

GOP needs to embrace its bad boy image. Every Boehner appearance where he isn’t smoking filterless Camels is an opportunity wasted.

Custodio ‏@Dodio Mar 14

@exjon he should start vaping on MTP and when Gregory goes apoplectic Boehner just says “Science, b!tch”

jon gabriel ‏@exjon Mar 14

Stop crying, Boehner. Start putting out cigarettes on reporters’ foreheads.

lynncgb on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

It’s like an “underground” campaign. Cruz can joke about it and not “officially” endorse it, but he and his staff must be loving it.

ncinca on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

You really picked a winner here, MKH:

“THE PROBLEM WITH JEWS IS THAT THEY HAVE THIS TOGGLE SWITCH. THIS SELF DESTRUCT TOGGLE SWITCH THAT LAYS DORMANT WITHIN THEIR GENETIC CODE.” ~Sabo (the guy who created the Cruz poster)

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

You just ain’t very bright.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I awready linked to that. Great minds and all…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Oops – I see it now – sorry.

SABO is the kind of underground warrior that WE need more of.

Pork-Chop on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

He’s MOCKING Jew-haters you fool.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Smartest man in politics. And that includes Hillary.

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Thread winner candidate—brevity is the soul of wit….

HatfieldMcCoy on March 17, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Smartest man in politics. And that includes Hillary.

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Thread winner candidate—brevity is the soul of wit….

HatfieldMcCoy on March 17, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Hillary is not even in the running. She’s likely in three digits unlike el Presidente, but still pretty average.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2014 at 11:57 PM

This guy.

I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t like him.

bossmanham on March 17, 2014 at 11:58 PM

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

You just ain’t very bright.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Be gentle :)

jimver on March 18, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Just sent Sabo some bucks – to support his “right” thinking out there in la la land !! I like the cut of his jib. ;)

from his website (thanks Alt !! )

F*ck it! I guess it’s just going to have to be me, I thought. My aim as an artist is to be as dirty, ground level, and mean as any Liberal artist out there, more so if I can. Use their tactics, their methods, appeal to their audience, the young, urban , street urchins with a message they never hear in a style they own.

My name is SABO and I am an UNSAVORYAGENT.

kennedyk49 on March 18, 2014 at 12:21 AM

yeah he went to Harvard and looks like Teddy Munster…..it’s something else….i just don’t see it..yet…
renalin on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Sad that you still feel like you need to make snide comments about any conservative rep not named Palin.

bluegill on March 18, 2014 at 12:51 AM

BuzzFeed Benny ✔ @bennyjohnson
Follow
Ted Cruz signing a punk rock poster of himself, smoking and tattooed

That’s not a “punk rock” poster. More like a gang member and it reeks of desperation.

cimbri on March 18, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Thank you for glorifying vandalism of public property. To what address should Los Angeles send you the cleanup bill?

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Yeah. Because, before that poster, there wasn’t any graffiti, or any posters anywhere in the LA area.

trigon on March 18, 2014 at 2:36 AM

Supposedly Obama was cool when he slow jammed the news but Cruz’s good natured ribbing of the poster then signing it strikes me as genuinelly cool. Obamas cool seems forced. Won’t it be wonderful if these milennials wake up to find that a Republican is actually cooler than the guy they’ve been taught to think was cool?

neyney on March 18, 2014 at 2:56 AM

A young lady who works for us just walked by my computer and exclaimed “Who is that?! I would totally have sex with that man!!”

I told her who he was- (your Senator, you pretty little fluffbrain) to which she simply responded “Wow”.

Don’t underestimate the power of these emotional images.

(I didn’t tell her he doesn’t smoke.)

Pless1foEngrish on March 18, 2014 at 3:57 AM

The poster creator is one of ours.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM

SABO = WorkingClassArtist????

BigAlSouth on March 18, 2014 at 6:24 AM

If you look at the original poster, tat Cruz is not wearing any pants.
Blake on March 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Do we really need another ghey thread?

Nutstuyu on March 18, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Can’t wait to see the posters of Mitch…
d1carter on March 17, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Turtle Power Activate!

Brock Robamney on March 18, 2014 at 8:38 AM

The leftist trolls don’t dig it.

Bmore on March 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I’m feeling deja vu to back when Paul Ryan impressed me for his opposition of Obamacare and a number of Democrats. I can only hope that he doesn’t come to later disappoint me as well… though so far so good :D

Ukiah on March 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I’ve seen a poster like that of Marilyn Monroe, tatted up and wearing a cutoff Dodgers t-shirt. But not smoking.

Ward Cleaver on March 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Guess the Tuff Guy in Mom Jeans era is finally over.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I’m feeling deja vu to back when Paul Ryan impressed me for his opposition of Obamacare and a number of Democrats. I can only hope that he doesn’t come to later disappoint me as well… though so far so good :D
Ukiah on March 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

You do realize Ryan supports Obamacare and TARP right?

Brock Robamney on March 18, 2014 at 9:50 AM

My aim as an artist is to be as dirty, ground level, and mean as any Liberal artist out there, more so if I can. Use their tactics, their methods, appeal to their audience, the young, urban, street urchins with a message they never hear in a style they own.

My name is SABO and I am an UNSAVORYAGENT.

kennedyk49 on March 18, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Conservatives need their own Banksy or Fairey. I love street art.

Fallon on March 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Was “good street art” some sort of pseudo-intellectual post-punk joke?

Thank you for glorifying vandalism of public property. To what address should Los Angeles send you the cleanup bill?

corona79 on March 17, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Look again. It’s a POSTER! It can be removed for free. Just pull it off the ugly white box. As someone else said, lighten up Francis.

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Not to be outshone, Harry “the body” Reid poster coming up next!

Decoski on March 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

BigAlSouth on March 18, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Not ‘that’ ours. I meant that he’s also a conservative.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM

the amazing part is that it only enhances ted Cruz’s Rep

how often do you see street folks actually improving the image of a conservative

it gives the imaage of confidence and dont take no chit.

sniffles1999 on March 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

As much as the Dems hate Cruz, they need a few such themselves. Nobody in the Democratic party has the guts to publicly break with The Axis of Evil (Pelosi/Reid/Obama). They well let themselves be drug down by party loyalty even when nobody wants Obama to campaign for them and struggles to defend his failures.

bartbeast on March 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM