Huge sticker of Boris Johnson dressed as policeman wearing Christmas party hat appears in Manchester


A huge mural showing the Prime Minister dressed as a policeman wearing a party hat has caught the eye of shoppers in Manchester.

It is the work of ‘Foka Wolf’, an anonymous street artist originally from Birmingham.

He was the creator behind the sarcastic ‘penis enlargement’ poster that was stuck to the windows of the former Debenhams store on Market Street last November.

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The huge sticker of Boris Johnson, which was stuck to the window on Thursday afternoon (February 10), uses a photo of an armed police officer with his head superimposed on top.

The addition of the party hat was to reflect the ‘double standards’ that Government have, following the recent scandal surrounding lockdown parties at No.10, Foka said.

A poster of Boris Johnson in a Police uniform armed with a rifle in a party hat on the side of Debenhams in Manchester

Speaking anonymously to the men, the artist, known for spoof and thought-provoking works, said: “I wanted to represent the double standard and sneaky behavior that the politicians have shown throughout this pandemic.

“It shows Boris Johnson volunteering with police, yet there have been accusations that he broke the law himself during the lockdowns.

“All my work is meant to be controversial and just make people think about what reality is around them.

“A lot of my art focuses around misinformation, and I do it in a way that provokes people or plays on stereotypes.

“I have been doing this for years across Birmingham and London, and it always gets a big reaction from people which is my aim.”

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The design was created by anonymous artist Foka Wolf

The poster prankster has drawn comparisons to Banksy with his artwork, has become renowned across Birmingham and London for his spoof adverts.

His official instagram page shows various pictures of his works, from penis enlargement ads to swipes at food chain McDonalds.

A poster offering ‘penis enlargement’ to owners of Range Rovers and 4×4 cars humored city-goers in November.

He is now tackling Manchester city center in his latest installments and is selling his posters online with Known Origin, a Manchester-based collective supporting independent artists.

Ten percent of the profits from sales will be donated to green charities to balance out carbon footprints.

He added: “I work completely anonymously as it means I can be totally open and share my opinion with the world without backlash.

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“It means I can speak from the heart. This latest one was my way of showing the government cannot be trusted.

“I had been doing street art for years before this and created huge illustrations on buildings in Birmingham.

“One day I questioned what would happen if I made a huge fake advert and see how many people would just believe whatever they read and how people would react.

“It has spiraled since then and become a much bigger thing than I ever expected.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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