The Street Artist Who's Wanted By The NYPD For Punking The Police With Fake Drone Ads

His name is 'Essam' and he's a 29-year-old art school grad from Maine, who served in Iraq as a "geo-spatial analyst", and has put up posters like the one above all over New York. It shows drones being used to police regular people in an Orwellian world... with the NYPD logo plastered all over it, as if to endorse it. The NYPD wants him arrested, he wants to let people know the scariness of drones.

Animal New York scored an exclusive interview with the street artist who readily admits that he's not really a part of the street art scene and it's interesting to hear him describe his work. In his talks with Animal:

He agrees that there is an inherent irony in his spoofs: the very fact that the NYPD (which claims to be strongly pursuing him with their "counter terrorism squad") hasn't caught him yet, is proof that we have not reached a state of Orwellian control. "But we're going in that direction and no one's talking about it," he says. "And I think that's pretty scary."

He's already put up over a hundred of these spoof drone ads and he's done them under the very nose of the NYPD and has yet to be caught. Let's hope it stays that way. Be sure to check out Animal's video interview with 'Essam' too (his face is blacked out and his voice is distorted):

[Animal New York]


    I think flying armed drones over American cities is a WONDERFUL idea !

    Gives American citizens a taste of what other countries have to put up with.

      LOL, soccer mums dropping the kids off at school BOOM, Hellfire missile to the Escalade.

    I can't really see what charges he could be arrested for, being arrested is a big thing, maybe not in New York. Maybe the NYPD logo is copyright, the people who own the Ad space would have to push charges surely. It's 100% temporary, it just slots right into the advertising frame.... It's genius.

    maybe they'll send a drone after him...

    It's nice to see a resurgence in relevance of art nowadays.

    Keep going, Essam.

    Why does Essam have SS runes in his name on the poster?? A bit creepy. My smile dropped when I saw that.

      sorry for my ignorance but is that a Nazi symbol?

        It sure is, and it fits in perfectly with the NYPD theme.

          Or it's the SS from the Kiss logo? You people over-think things...

            Nah, it's definitely the Nazi double-sig logo - the Kiss logo double-lightning is much bolder, and the across-stroke is much further up.

              I've got to agree on nazi and not kiss after google imaging both. Hmmm still a cool design but wonder if the artist does have some fairly nefarious beliefs??

    ...which are bastardisations of viking runes. And even the swastikas are originally Nazi symbols. Nazis get too much creative credit..

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