Make Art Not War

More art from Toronto’s Graffiti Alley’s artists’ peaceful protest.

The straw that broke the camel’s back.

I believe this black panther is by Nick Sweetman.

There is LOTS of writing in the alley. I couldn’t capture it all. Sometimes the lane was too, narrow. Also, there was a portrait of MLK JR. coming up & I was running out of battery.

James Baldwin – “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Smaller bits from the alley.

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Pics taken by Resa – June 15, 2020

Toronto, Canada

Some of the artists:

I can’t breathe

Paste-Up Power

On my walk to Graffiti Alley, I spotted this beauteous paste-up in a window.

Pasted on the inside, you can see the glue around the edges.

I adore all of the rich details.

Lo and behold, there was the beauty, again, in Graffiti Alley. I had just finished shooting what I posted yesterday.

Again, pasted-up, this time on what seems a mud cloth pattern.

There’s more art along this wall, but I’m skipping to the end of the alley. I make a  right turn, into a scaffold tunnel. It’s mostly filled with writing, and there’s not enough space to back up and photo each piece.

In this narrow tunnel, I find the beauty, again. However, this time it’s a totally new version of the paste-up.

I squished in some angled shots, as there was no room to back up for a dead on.

The details are fantastic.

Pics taken by Resa – June 15, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

Artists Paint Graffiti Alley in Support – #Black Lives Matter

 Someone painted George Floyd. Someone painted Jamal Francique. Someone painted Zianna Oliphant. Many painted “I can’t breathe”. I wanted to start this series with a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. In the end I decided  to reveal my experience from the beginning, as I discovered this multitude of art and messages.

I entered Graffiti Alley from the west end. I was greeted by a mural of Malcom X.

“You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.”

After having basked in this fabulous mural for a long time, I head east into the alley.

“Breonna Taylor – Say Her Name”

This is Part One (There’s just way too, much for 1 post!)

Pics taken by Resa – June 15, 2020


Malcolm X Artist:

Skating with Uber 5000

The Toronto Maple Leafs are 2nd in their division. YAY!

Uber’s Chicks are getting in on the action.

This mural was on a south facing wall in Graffiti Alley.

Anyway, turn the corner of the building to the east side, and there is a full out skating mural, with all of Uber’s pals.

I originally viewed the unfinished mural and met Uber 5000. I did a meantime post titled ⭐️I Met Uber 5000 and He Took Me Up in His Scissor Lift ⭐️

Above is the lift on the day I went in it, massive thrill! There are black lights installed over the mural, which come on at night.

I still haven’t been back to that part of the city at night to see the mural in all of its glory. I’m there often in the daytime.

All in all, a very fun and wonderful work by Uber 5000.

Below: Uber 5000 at work.

There’s even a Zamboni Chick keeping the ice smooth.

The colours in the word “Toronto” must look amazing at night under the black lights.

🌟Many Thank you’s to Uber 5000 for this marvellous mural, and for making me feel like $1,000,000! 🌟

Pics taken by Resa – January 15 & Feb 25, 2018

Toronto, Canada

Artist: Uber 5000


It was a very tasty day in Graffiti Alley.

Of course this is not Uber 5000. It is Doctor Evil.

However, he must have had something very tasty.

This is Uber 5000. I’m in the lift taking pics. I have a better one, but I’m saving it for when I do the actual post of the mural, which was in progress.

Uber 5000 at work

When Uber invited me up & in, I was thrilled beyond words. Then he said, “let’s see how high this goes!” WOW! We went up to the fourth story. There was some art I had only ever seen a sliver of from the ground.

Uber 5000’s scissor lift/paint storage

 Then he told me UV lights had been installed over his mural. That was why some of the colors seemed stronger than usual. This mural will glow in the dark. There are 2 more day-glow murals being installed in the city, and I know where they are.

I knew I had to leave him to his work. I snapped a few more new bits in Graffiti Alley on my way out, including Dr. Evil.

I felt blessed!

Pics taken by Resa – February 17, 2017

Toronto, Canada

When I visited  Uber 5000 website, I realized he had done a Jimi Hendrix mural I had covered. Click on Jimi’s pic to visit the post.

I will be updating the post, as I did not know who the artist was at that time. I will also be adding an Uber 5000 page to the “Artists” pages.

Never in my widest dreams did I think I would get to capture the above piece. Thank you, Uber 5000!

Ink Canon

It was -20C. I had an errand by Graffiti Alley. I said don’t go into the alley!

Artist: Nicolas Canon

I couldn’t control myself. It was rutted ice and snow. I walked in the ruts.

Artist: Nicolas Canon

Even if there was nothing new, look how gorgeous the alley is! There is miles of painted alleys & lanes.

Artist: Nicolas Canon

I found 5 new pieces. It seems the artists kept going even after the cold set in. I’m so excited, I’m posting one now!

Artist: Nicolas Canon

I wore fingerless gloves & wow, whew, thaw time was required.

Artist: Nicolas Canon

Picks taken by Resa – December 27, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: Nicolas Canon @InkCanon

Artist: Nicolas Canon

Turquoise Hair w/ Red Lips & Eyes

Well, my lips are not rose red,


…but my eyes are. It’s because of my old laptop. I’ll be getting a new one tomorrow.


Monday is a holiday. I’ll be setting things up, so if I encounter certain irritations, I’ll have to deal with them on Tuesday.


So, not sure when I’ll return after tonight, but it would be fab to have turquoise hair.


Pics taken by Resa, September 25, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: @kyleghostkeeper