One of the most active graffiti crews in Budapest is the faux political movement called the Two Tailed Dog Party. Founded out of a frustration with a lack of viable political options, the Two Tailed Dog Party established itself as a mouthpiece for speech freedoms and government-directed critique. The joke party’s principle avenue of information sharing is via street art. Their pasted fake campaign posters poke fun at everything from the government’s decision to remove all World War Two-related plaques around the Jewish Ghetto to candidates’ unrealistic campaign promises. Most posters feature an upside-down illustration of Istvan Nagy (the Hungarian naming equivalent of John Smith), the small dog who is “so cute that he wouldn’t steal.”
Most of this joke party’s posters are nonsensical; they tell stories about immigrant puppies from Dagestan or mark the place where aliens will be defeated several thousand years in the future.
Despite their often light-hearted jabs, the efforts of the Two Tailed Dog Party make an important statement about the emptiness of politicking and the way in which it clutters the public space. “This is a waste of your time,” reads one poster, reminding the observer of a greater apathy in Budapest, which views political candidates as one and the same, regardless of which party supports them. Similar to Moscow’s Partizaning, the group also redesigns street signs, advertisements, and plaques to encourage Hungarian citizens to recognize their own dependence on the government’s direction, arbitrary choices, and selective historical memory.