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Toronto neighborhood watch signs altered to feature childhood heroes

Toronto Neighborhood Watch Signs Altered to Feature Childhood Heroes

A Toronto artist using the pseudonym 'Andrew Lamb' tells The National Post that two years ago, he began noticing that neighborhood watch signs were fading -- and he decided that the blank canvas was irresistible.

He decided to plaster over the sign's house-eye graphics with crime-fighting fictional characters, such as Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Lt. Frank Drebin, Chief Wiggum, John McClane, Mighty Mouse, Frank Seripco, Marge Gunderson.

He also featured all-around good guys, like Mr. Rogers, Fat Albert, Mario, The Hardy Boys, The Goonies, Cliff Huxtable and the Care Bears.

30-year-old Lamb says that he only uses characters from his childhood -- the 80s and early 90 -- and says that so far, he hasn't been confronted by police (despite the fact he's technically breaking the law by altering official city property).

Even those who run the neighborhood watch program praise Lamb's work, saying that anything that brings attention to the signs is a good thing.

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Richard June 19 2014 at 5:20 PM

Lighten up folks. with all the crap worrying people about world instability it is refreshing to see someone with some humor.

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baileysno1lala Richard June 19 2014 at 5:47 PM


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xanadutu June 19 2014 at 7:52 PM

Great idea!! Kudos Andrew Lamb!!

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Aldito BS/BM June 19 2014 at 3:57 PM

This is considered news? Is there any garbage AOL won't post to avoid reporting real news?

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boardsrbetter June 19 2014 at 1:33 PM

Canadian heroes: Future Crackheads

Well except for mario, but he was always on the shrooms :p

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Kay June 19 2014 at 8:10 PM

Ok, I like the signs! This young man has a great imagination! Lets support him.

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stevenkeithtait June 19 2014 at 2:07 PM

Probably will be sue by copyright holders though.

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Kara stevenkeithtait June 19 2014 at 2:50 PM

Doesn't somebody have to make money off of it for it to infringe on copy right law?

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Dude Kara June 19 2014 at 3:37 PM

Not necessarily, but you have to prove you've been damaged in some way before you can win money for damages, so it's not always cost effective to sue. Otherwise all you can do is sue to make someone stop what they're doing. Plus anybody suing this guy would do more harm to themselves for looking like such dicks.

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burcharl3 stevenkeithtait June 20 2014 at 12:27 AM

in order for them to sue u would have to make money of of it, or be hurting the company... also if its for your own use its fine also because i talked to my lawyer when i was making nike shirts and he said as long as its for your own use or that no money is being exchanged there's nothing they can do.... its the same way with dvd's and cd's

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Dick June 19 2014 at 12:39 PM

He should have done one of the signs with O.J. Simpson on it!!!

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cdrewparks889 Dick June 19 2014 at 2:11 PM

He could, standing next to Frank Drebin would work.

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muffin Dick June 19 2014 at 5:59 PM

He is painting HERIES not zeroes.

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gmgpjandon muffin June 19 2014 at 6:27 PM

What in sam hill is a Heries???

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Dick June 19 2014 at 1:20 PM

Why not a sign with Trevon Martin on it!!!!!

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chmdeeringconst June 19 2014 at 1:24 PM

unfortunately he may be breaking copyright laws... be prepared

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douttfire chmdeeringconst June 19 2014 at 4:57 PM

Up until this moment it was something to be enjoyed by the neighbourhood. Now that it's been brought to attention, he'll be given a cease and desist order and forced to remove them.

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darkcloudstonite June 19 2014 at 12:56 PM

Defacing public property is a crime

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