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to spark a reaction
On display: Prolific street artist Trollz says pasting his work around Auckland started out as a way for him to get things
off his chest.
Phot: JASON OXENHAM
By SARAH HARRIS
I guess I'm a
leftie through and
through. A left-wing
atheist who drives a
Auckland's own version of the
street artist Banksy has plans to
spread his messages even further
Prolific street artist Trollz has
been pasting his work in Auck-
land suburbs for the last two-and-
It started out as a way for the
33-year-old to get some stuff off
I was thinking of doing some
stencils relating to animal rights
stuff as I hadn't seen anybody
doing that and it is something
pretty close to my heart.
But there were more issues I
wanted to get off my chest. My
message isn't super focused. It's
just ideas and thoughts I have. It's
all a mixed bag really.''
The artist has an anti-
capitalist, anti-establishment and
anti-organised religion ethos.
I don't like the way the Gov-
ernment's going -- I guess I'm a
leftie through and through. A left-
wing atheist who drives a Smart
The Trollz pseudonym was
inspired by the term trolling,
which in internet terms is some-
one who posts inflammatory mes-
sages in an online community
with the intent of provoking peo-
ple into an emotional response.
Getting people to actively think
about the world is important for
Trollz and he counts any kind of
reaction to his posters as a suc-
I want it to get people to go
online and search out information.
The trick is just giving people a
little spark that will either get
them angry or go Ah, what's that
about?' and Google it.''
Not everyone looks upon Trollz'
Distinguished Auckland artist
Dick Frizzell finds Trollz' work
irritating, calling it too glib, too
All that eat the rich stuff. [It's]
like Socialism 101,'' he says.
Unperturbed, Trollz says he
will be ramping up his messages
closer to election time.
Last election one of his mes-
sages was Key is not the key''.
As well as being a cool, quirky,
little dude to draw'' the Trollz
character was intended to be eas-
His drawings are mostly seen
around central Auckland but can
also be found in the United States,
Canada, Mexico, Singapore,
Lebanon, Beirut, Netherlands and
This is mostly from inter-
national fans asking for stickers,
or slaps'', to put up in their
hometowns. Trollz sends five to
six packs out a week through
requests on his Instagram or
Social media is such a perfect
way to get your art out there. It's
free and the reach is really, really
I wouldn't do this half-assed.
When I do something I do it 150
million per cent.
That's the reason why they're
everywhere. I'm just some dude
but I'm ambitious.''
Trollz' day job is at an ani-
mation studio where he follows
his other passion and makes car-
toons for children.
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