Fieldwork from Real Grouchy reveals that the "Lookin' Good" sign was part of a series. For reasons I don't understand, he has decided to call these signs "Scrimshaws". While I am flattered, I feel awkward about it because the anonymous artist might resent my receiving credit for them and I already have an artform named after me.
I swung by Gladstone Avenue this morning and discovered that there are more mysterious signs on the phone poles. These signs don't have the positive messages of the ones put up in October and the artistic style is, to put it politely, less sophisticated.
While I hate to discourage any phone pole art, I'm not sure these even make sense. "Keep it real" "Or be grouchy" Is that a true dichotomy? Couldn't you be grouchy or not grouchy whether you're keeping it real or not? Whatever keeping it real means?
Anyway, when I see signs like these, I'm going to call them "Grouchos".