Potholes are hard on cars, there's no doubt about that. But one street artist is so tired of getting shafted by bad roads that he's taken drastic action to make local authorities aware of the problems.

Yes, he's spray painting penises around potholes. The twig-and-giggleberry artist calls himself "Wanksy" – after famous street artist Banksy – and hails from the Manchester, UK suburb of Ramsbottom (no, we can't make this up).

He took to the street art after the "appalling" roads caused some of his bicycle-riding friends to crash. As he tells it, it was the lack of action from the local government that led him to redesign the area's roads.

"People will drive over the same pothole and forget about it," Wanksy told The Manchester Evening News, The Huffington Post reports. "Suddenly you draw something amusing around it, everyone sees it and it either gets reported or fixed."

While his fanbase is growing (he's got over 9,000 likes on Facebook), addressing junk roads by painting junk on roads is, naturally, not sitting well with some of the government officials Wanksy's actions are calling out.

"The actions of this individual are not only stupid but incredibly insulting to local residents," an unnamed council member told The Evening News. "Has this person, for just one second, considered how families with young children must feel when they are confronted with these obscene symbols as they walk to school?"

The testy council member goes on to whine about Wanksy's cocking about being "counter-productive," because, "Every penny that we have to spend cleaning off this graffiti is a penny less that we have to spend on actually repairing the potholes!"

That's ignoring the fact that Wanksy's tool of choice isn't permanent spray paint – it washes off in just a week or two, HuffPo reports. The street artist isn't going to back down from his ballsy antics, though, especially as they seem to be gaining traction.

"Some [potholes] still remain, it's not a 100 percent success rate, but it works," Wanksy said, adding that in some cases, year-old potholes that bear his signature have been repaired within 48 hours.

You can check out Wanksy's Facebook feed for more of his work. Now, if we could just import similar ideas to the apocalyptic roads of metro Detroit.


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