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Art or Vandalism? Street Artist Sabo Creates Edgy Work That Has Made the Left Angry


"My aim as an artist is to be as dirty, ground-level and mean as any liberal artist out there."

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Is it art or is it vandalism? That's the question Glenn Beck has for Los Angeles-based artist Sabo.

The anonymous artist, who will appear on The Glenn Beck Program on TheBlaze TV Monday, has caused a stir with his controversial images that mock progressives and support conservatives. After it was announced that actress and noted anti-war activist Jane Fonda would be giving the commencement address at the University of California, Los Angeles' film school graduation ceremony, Sabo unveiled a new piece to mark the event.

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The artist says he's a former Marine and supports many conservative principles, and that following the liberal attacks on President George W. Bush, he similarly decided to express his opinions and attack back, using his art.

From his website: "My aim as an artist is to be as dirty, ground level, and mean as any liberal artist out there, more so if I can. Use their tactics, their methods, appeal to their audience, the young, urban , street urchins with a message they never hear in a style they own."

The Fonda images were plastered on kiosks around Los Angeles and on a bus shelter near the UCLA campus. Sabo documented the installation and posted it on Facebook:

Sabo told TheBlaze that many of the posters were removed before the sun rose the next day.

Sabo gained national attention after his posters of a tattooed Sen. Ted Cruz appeared in Los Angeles in mid-March. Many outlets initially believed the poster was mocking Cruz. It was not. According to Sabo, "it was a celebration of Ted's arrival in Los Angeles."

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Since Sabo's posters are considered to be vandalism and against the law, he has never shown his face.

The Texas Republican was impressed by the image and was photographed signing some of the posters and T-shirts Sabo sells online. Cruz did clarify that the poster contained one critical error -- he is not a smoker.

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After the Cruz poster, Sabo followed with another, even more controversial piece of artwork that had the left fuming. Ahead of a fundraising visit to Los Angeles by Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, Sabo created a piece titled, "Abortion Barbie."

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The left's response to the "Abortion Barbie" poster ranged from anger to accusations of racism due to the appearance of the black baby on the poster.

Sabo was unapologetic, posting 18 photos of the installed artwork on Facebook along with the statement: "SPIELBERG, KATZENBERG, ABRAMS ... F-YOU!!! WENDY DAVIS WHO IS RUNNING FOR TEXAS STATE GOVERNOR IS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GETTING MONEY FROM HOLLYWOOD, BIG MONEY, 1%ER, FAT CATS.

Image: Beverly Zaslow Sabo explains his artwork to TheBlaze's Mike Opelka. Photo: Beverly Zaslow

The artist is also not a fan of Hillary Clinton. He has an entire section of his website dedicated to the former secretary of state and presumed 2016 presidential candidate.

One of Sabo's most popular images is from Clinton's failed 2008 run for the White House.

"I tried to put all of the failed Democrats in the front row," he told TheBlaze in an interview. (From left to right: Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, Geraldine Ferraro, Ted Kennedy, George Soros, Al Gore, a dreadlocked Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Barack Obama)

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Sabo also supports the rights of gays. In response to the sultan of Brunei's purchase of the Beverly Hills Hotel, he created a poster that brought attention to the fact homosexuality is punishable by death in the hotel owner's home country.

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