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  1. says:

    10/03/2009 at 11:44 am

    They seem to weather pretty well — there’s one near my apartment that’s been there for more than a year. In fact it got more readable over time, as the traffic wore away extra tar from the top and edges.

  2. says:

    10/03/2009 at 4:44 am

    They seem to weather pretty well — there’s one near my apartment that’s been there for more than a year. In fact it got more readable over time, as the traffic wore away extra tar from the top and edges.

  3. says:

    10/04/2009 at 3:13 am

    It’s positioned right where it is almost impossible to stop and read, without a lookout for cars careening in your direction. I felt vulnerable standing long enough to take this snap.

    Yeah there are numerous websites and Flickr groups. I haven’t gotten too deep into them. I have a link to the wiki page on my blog.

  4. says:

    10/04/2009 at 9:00 pm

    I rode over this today on Houston. What a blast from the past…!!

    I remember people would call them Toynbees. I had a friend who used to post sightings of these on a website (where other people would do the same). I don’t know if that site still exists…

  5. says:

    10/04/2009 at 10:13 pm

    It’s positioned right where it is almost impossible to stop and read, without a lookout for cars careening in your direction. I felt vulnerable standing long enough to take this snap.

    Yeah there are numerous websites and Flickr groups. I haven’t gotten too deep into them. I have a link to the wiki page on my blog.

  6. says:

    10/09/2009 at 12:52 am

    Positive. Philly has been getting Toynbee-style street art for years. We even have a number of copycat tilers putting down things that look like the original. I put this in that boat. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s awesome. It’s just not a Toynbee Tile.

  7. says:

    10/08/2009 at 5:52 am

    Positive. Philly has been getting Toynbee-style street art for years. We even have a number of copycat tilers putting down things that look like the original. I put this in that boat. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s awesome. It’s just not a Toynbee Tile.

  8. says:

    10/23/2009 at 12:41 am

    Philly does indeed breed such stuff! Crazy Talk is either originally from Philly or Chicago, Toynbee tiles definitely originated here (Philly)… these ‘House OF Hades’ tiles actually started out in Buffalo, NY. in maybe 2007 or so. They are awesome, but yes…. inspired by Toynbee tiles, but not by the original creator. Check the messageboard at http://www.resurrectdead.com for up-to-date Toynbee chit-chat & info.

  9. says:

    10/22/2009 at 5:41 am

    Philly does indeed breed such stuff! Crazy Talk is either originally from Philly or Chicago, Toynbee tiles definitely originated here (Philly)… these ‘House OF Hades’ tiles actually started out in Buffalo, NY. in maybe 2007 or so. They are awesome, but yes…. inspired by Toynbee tiles, but not by the original creator. Check the messageboard at http://www.resurrectdead.com for up-to-date Toynbee chit-chat & info.

  10. says:

    10/23/2009 at 6:29 am

    Thanks Justin. I found it interesting that the Toynbee tiles are laid down covered in tar paper that wears away. I guess this helps keep the identity of the mystery tiler concealed, as placing a black rectangle down would not be as conspicuous as a colorful tile.

    As for the Crazy Talker, I’m pretty sure that one was doing their thing as far back as the early Eighties. I have some photos of light pole pastes of very similar design in NYC. Though I’ll gladly give Philly the honor of origin. :)

  11. says:

    10/23/2009 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks Justin. I found it interesting that the Toynbee tiles are laid down covered in tar paper that wears away. I guess this helps keep the identity of the mystery tiler concealed, as placing a black rectangle down would not be as conspicuous as a colorful tile.

    As for the Crazy Talker, I’m pretty sure that one was doing their thing as far back as the early Eighties. I have some photos of light pole pastes of very similar design in NYC. Though I’ll gladly give Philly the honor of origin. :)

  12. steve pippin says:

    01/07/2013 at 8:10 am

    I heard the Parisi guy mentioned on a few sites. He’s considered an “outsider artist” I guess. He apparently also does these bizarre drawings and leaves them places to be found by strangers, like in libraries and on the windshields of strangers.

  13. Mark Leary says:

    01/17/2013 at 7:55 am

    I recently read about Joe Parisi on facebook…Several posts state that he is one of the tilers.

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