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I Am Spartacus

So Poster Boy got caught. Then the New York times got told.

When 27-year-old Henry Matyjewicz was cuffed and punted out to Rikers Island, the newspaper received an email:

“Henry is one of many individuals who believe in the Poster Boy ‘movement’. Henry’s part is to do legal artwork while propagating the ideas behind Poster Boy. That’s why it was O.K. for him to take the fall the other night.”

I love the spirit of this. It’s unsurprising that coverage this week has honed in on the ‘I am Spartacus’ response of the ‘movement’. And it seems like the sentiment is a global – look at anti-advertising events in Paris last week.


McDorse the World by Poster Boy on Flickr.

But I got more interested in the individual. Who is this Spartacus. Who is Henry Matyjewicz?

Google him and dodge the stories about Poster Boy. You’ll find a whole backlog of posts on by a 27-year-old with the same name:



Could be. And I might be well off with this detective work.

But there’s something uncanny…

This Henry Matyjewicz quotes Gandhi and totes a profile pic of Che.

He’s obsessive about modifying his Honda Civic and unconventional in his tastes:

“Me, I’m picky, especially with exterior parts so it’s worth it. I also like the feeling of being original and creative.”

Weirdest of all, he’s cussed from forum to forum. He wants to mod his car and other posters accuse him of being a flamer and a ricer. He gets in arguments and spits fire:

“…all you guys ever have to say is why don’t go and buy the real thing [sic]. F^CK, why stop there, i should just buy three f^cking ferraris. you wanna know why you dipsh!ts, because not everyone has the money.”

Is this the Spartacus behind the Spartacus?

Previous street art:

The $57 cellphone film

Dust tagging & environmental graffiti

JR’s industrialised Xerox