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157: Tiny Tonys

March 20, 2013

Here’s a quick, fun public art idea that was relatively easy to do:


I needed to do something quick and easy this week, because I have some other plans coming up this weekend. But, even though I didn’t have a lot of time, I still wanted to make something with a leaving-the-house element to it.

I cracked open my idea notebook and saw an old drawing I had made of Tony the Tiger yelling, “They’re grrrrrrrapes!” And I laughed pretty hard. So, I went with that idea.


I couldn’t find a decent quality image of Tony the Tiger, so I just drew one based on a picture from the internet, lined them up 9 to a page, and printed them out.


After I cut them out, I was ready to go. That double-sided poster tape makes for a nice portable result. Just peel and stick.


I wrote on a couple of them before I left the house, but kept most blank. Who knows what other opportunities I’ll find?


Most of the best ideas were located in grocery stores. I hit a few different ones, because I didn’t want to spend a lot of time taking pictures in the aisles. It looks suspicious.


Tony loves telling people what things are.


I saw this big wall of gray-painted bricks, and couldn’t resist. I don’t imagine the paper will hold up very long outside. Although, it is printed on a laser jet and the pen is waterproof ink, so it may last long enough to be stolen.


Eventually, the idea came full circle, and I decided to break the pattern by having Tony shill for a competitor’s brand of frosted flakes, right next to his own.

He’s less enthusiastic about them.

See you next week! And if you want to print and stick your own, here’s a picture of 9 Tonys to get you started.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2013 2:01 am

    What a fun idea … and a grrreat last one about Kroger’s Frosted Flakes. Tony, you have a high demand for quality. As you should.

  2. March 21, 2013 2:27 am

    You’re brilliant.

  3. Sam C permalink
    March 21, 2013 8:04 am

    bahahaha! The generic flakes get the snub! That’s hilarious

  4. March 21, 2013 1:08 pm

    Ha ha! For some reason my mind read “Tiny Toys” in the title, but this was even better. I’m trying to pick a favorite and just can’t… each one made me snort!

  5. Zipity Danger permalink
    March 30, 2013 8:29 pm

    I think you meant “aisles”, not “isles”.

  6. April 7, 2013 2:33 pm


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