True artists remind patrons that the Gramstown Arts Festival is a festival of the rich.

Real art is not proprietary.

A: Do you think the powers that be have seen your work? What would you say to them if you could show your faces to them?
TSC: We’re sure they have. If we could speak directly to them, we’d tell them to fuck off.

Mayor bashed on anti-drug posters - Wekend Argus

Tokolos profiled in the Weekend Argus for its worked critiquing de Lille’s drug problem. A colossal waste of money diverted from social services by a city that works for a few.

We are featured in today’s article in the Daily Maverick:

Two years after the killing of 34 miners at Marikana, no official memorial to the massacre has yet been established. Perhaps a state-sponsored memorial to state-sponsored violence can never be anything more than an expedient gesture. But in Cape Town this week, artists have brought the lives of those slain at Marikana into the city’s genteel streets in anarchic, confronting ways. By REBECCA DAVIS.

Our collective has now been featured on CityPress too.
If you spot a stencil of Marikana’s iconic “man in the green blanket” on the streets of Cape Town, you’re not just looking at art – it’s activism, too.

More Remember Marikana images. Credit for the work and photo go to the ngamanye amaxesha collective.

Remember remember the 16th of August. Its marikanaDay

"Boycott Politics"

Political graffiti from Durban

The Marxist Geographer and former City Manager Dr Mike Sutcliffe is one of the most hated figures in Durban history.

Why? Just google his name and you will find that:

  • He likes to evict poor people
  • He likes to waste money on expensive projects for the rich
  • He likes to ban marches even though he has no right to do so.
  • He likes to give his friends tenders so they can get filthy rich while not providing services to the poor.
  • He was proven to be extremely corrupt.
  • Worst of all, he does all this in the name of helping the poor

Some smart ass renamed this street Dr Sutcliffe Inc. He really did run Durban like a business with scant regard for the poor.

The City of Cape Town’s World Design Capital people drew a weird image of a yellow person on a boat and put it on a wall in the trendy Fringe District (formerly part of District 6 before thousands of people not white enough for the government were forcibly removed). Now the WDC people are trying to make it even more trendy thereby gentrifying the area and making less and less friendly towards the City’s poor.

We think its pretty stupid to try to cover up a history and a current reality of eviction and oppression with yellow men on a boat.

So we added our own Cape Town logo to explain how we feel about it.

Nelson Mandela says “Remember Marikana”

"If Madiba says it, it must be true." - African Proverb

Woodstock remembers Marikana

Tokolos has a brand new stencil that has been placed right in front of Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory. Based of the City’s new ugly machine-like wheel logo, the Tokolos Stencil Collective has fixed the logo.

The City is a dehumanisation zone which survives through exclusion and surveillance. We must fight to re-humanise our city.

Coke Is Blood From GazaGraffiti done on the wall of the Coca-cola Warehouse in Athlone Industrial Area in Cape Town.

Coke Is Blood From Gaza

Graffiti done on the wall of the Coca-cola Warehouse in Athlone Industrial Area in Cape Town.