Sabo, the conservative street artist who has given us so much entertainment, has been deplatformed from Twitter. Sabo is most known for his street posters that pop up in California whenever he feels inspired by the news. PJM reached out to Sabo for an interview.
PJM: What is your favorite work that you’ve done and why?
Sabo: Strangely enough I love the memories of when my hits were little more than ten-poster runs on a bike. It was a more simple time. The productions weren’t that huge, I didn’t need a large crew. Hell, I had no one to pay. I also got a serious kick out of the billboards we’d done recently. The scale was retarded, very stressful, dangerous but rewarding in terms of the outcomes.
PJM: What is the reaction your artwork gets? I always wondered if anyone ever confronts you as you are putting them up.
Sabo: The reactions are generally heard from the Right. The Left almost always refuses to publish my hits, which is just another form of censorship. If they don’t report on it, it didn’t happen. I’ve had gangsters pull drive-bys and yell at us. So far no shootings or fights. I tend to be very careful. If and when something does happen, it usually has more to do with someone in my crew not following directions from me. I generally know how to avoid altercations. In terms of how the art is received, those on the Right seem to like it. At least enough to keep me going. I wonder what the hell it is I’m doing with my life from time to time, but they set me straight letting me know what I do is appreciated.
PJM: What are your thoughts on big tech censorship of conservative voices? What is the cure? Regulation? New platforms?
Sabo: I think it’s very sad and scary. I could see the Christian Coalition from the ’80s pulling this, but the Left? I thought they were the ones who fought for free speech and the individuals’ right to speak their minds. Guess not! How they can’t take a step back and see what they’ve become is beyond me. If Leftists have proven anything [it’s that] there’s no end to their demands. They just keep getting weirder and weirder every year.
I don’t believe in regulation. I’ve worked in the startups. They don’t last. They never do even when they fly straight. Acting the way Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter do, they’ll be things of the past sooner than later. Then we’ll start using other platforms. I’d say I’d hope they’d of learned something from this, but they won’t. A Leftist is a Leftist is a Leftist. They never learn. I’ll just jump around and use what I can while I can I guess.