Ty Myers was looking for a simple message that captured the anger he felt toward Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council over recent hikes in Pioneer Square area parking. "Fuck You Mayor McGinn" was what he settled on.
The words run on a massive banner hanging in the window of Fenix Tattoo & Piercing on 1st Avenue South in Pioneer Square, the full message reading: "Parking: $3.50 Small Business: $0.00 Fuck You Mayor McGinn."
Inside his shop, while a customer stops by to look at options for a penis piercing, the burly tattoo artist makes his case.
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"The local government is lying to us," he says. "They used forged documents to justify raising the rates down here and it's bullshit. 'McSchwinn' just wants everyone to ride a bike. He doesn't understand simple economics because he's a moron. If people can't afford to park down here they won't come. This place'll be a graveyard in six months."
Myers says he tried to get all his neighbors to put up similar signs, but with the "Fuck" changed to "Thank." But he says only four neighbors were willing, so he was ready to go potty-mouth status.
The sign won't be there much longer, however, as Myers says his landlord called him today and said either the sign goes, or he does.
"Yeah, I'm gonna take it down today," he says. "Not just yet, but pretty soon."
Myers is also responsible for hanging the "Truth About Seattle Parking" pamphlets all over downtown that show a parking machine robbing a poor gentleman.
Myers says he'll continue to fight McGinn and the Council over parking after the sign comes down. He says his motivation is as much for his neighbors as himself.
"I just don't want to see the cookie store next door close down or the antiques shop right there," he says. "We're hardworking people. I try and stick up for everyone. I tell them this is just a money grab. But they don't want to listen to me--I'm just a tattoo artist."