Guardian: Why I covered a UKIP billboard poster with my international grey paint

Bill Drummond after “modifying” a Ukip poster in Birmingham

By the time you are reading this I may have been arrested. Maybe you have already read something about the arrest in the news. But as of now I am sitting safely on the Chiltern Line train heading from London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street station.

More than 10 years ago I made up a brand of paint. It was called Drummond’s International Grey. I had 1,000 one-litre tins of it made. I was not planning on going into business to compete with Dulux or Crown.

Drummond and the Ukip poster before he set to work on it.

These tins of grey emulsion existed for one purpose only: I was selling them for you to use to paint over anything you found to be morally or aesthetically offensive. Basically, I was in the business of promoting vandalism.
This billboard not only offended me morally and aesthetically it also went against everything that I feel political discourse should be about. Thus there was nothing for it. After my train pulled into Moor Street, I picked up my last remaining tins of Drummond’s International Grey and got to work. And just to avoid confusion, the word GREY is also my current graffiti tag.

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He compares UKIP to the Nazi’s.