Arpaio

How Rob McElwain Channels His Anti-Arpaio Obsessions

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  • McElwain working on an Arpaio-based The Last Supper.
  • McElwain's completed The Last Supper homage.
  • An invitation to blow it out his ass?
  • McElwain at work.
  • McElwain working on an Arpaio-based The Last Supper.
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  • McElwain's open-air studio.
  • High noon.
  • Illuminati or ignoramus?
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  • McElwain and paintings in downtown Phoenix.
  • Where Rob would love to see Joe.
  • McElwain totes his work to his own Protest Central.
  • Low-life scum.
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  • Apparently, the state just defecates shitty politicians.
  • McElwain at work.
  • Bum rush.
  • Despicable.
  • Garish colors applied with an old brush.
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  • A frugal artiste, McElwain uses brushes until they give up the ghost.
  • Hey, that's unfair to Ebola! Ebola doesn't discriminate.
  • Drunk with power.
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  • Defend the nest?
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  • Coward's club.
  • Da feet!
  • Who's calling who obsessive-compulsive?
  • Biggest ass trophy!
  • McElwain paints downtown.
  • Arpaio = ass pimple.
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  • Jail break!
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  • Nothing passive about this color scheme.
  • The tools of his trade.
  • Selfie.
  • Sheriff or terrorist?
  • McElwain snaps a photo of a bystander with one of his posters.
  • Sloppy Joe.
  • Mockery.
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  • A Simpsons parody.
  • McElwain cleans his brushes.
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  • The Joe show.
  • Blame Mexicans.
  • Stooges.
  • KISS.
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  • Impromptu painting downtown with the car hood serving as McElwain's easel.
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  • Poisoned arrow through the heart.
  • Lost.
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  • Money pit.
  • Examples of indifference.
  • Con man.
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  • Armchair psychiatry.
  • McElwain painting downtown.
  • Only one Bozo on this bus.
  • McElwain at work.
  • State of the union.
  • Bad Santa.
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  • Ball and chain.
  • McElwain is not picky about color. The more jarring, the better.
  • Rejected specially mixed paint samples are McElwain's go-to color palette.
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  • It's the pits.
  • Whale let me tell ya.
  • McElwain's storage area.
  • Sheriff Satan.
  • It doesn't.
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  • Oink.
  • I am the eye in the sky.
  • Wrong way!
  • Psychotic.
  • Zappa says....
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  • They asked me why the singer's name was.... Joe?
  • Big scary eyeball!
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  • "Futbol."
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  • Scales of just us.
  • Bar graph.
  • Pendejo.
  • J. Edgar v. Sheriff Joe.
  • Why a duck?
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  • What did he know?
  • Haboob.
  • Behind bars.
  • Just pure evil.
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  • Pink handcuffs.
  • They call it riding the gravy train.
  • Boing!
  • Ham.
  • McElwain washes his brushes.
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  • The trophy.
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  • McElwain in his storage shed.
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  • The cost of Arpaio.
  • The cost of Joe.
  • More big-ass trophies.
  • Too many.
  • Local? Loco!
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  • Status update.
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  • Arpaio meter.
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  • McElwain at work.
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  • Tears.
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Rob McElwain, photographed by Deanna Dent
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If Rob McElwain isn't standing on a downtown street corner protesting the ongoing abuses of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, he's probably creating his colorful, hand-painted signs with biting anti-Sheriff Joe messages. Eschewing traditional art supplies, McElwain scavenges cardboard box "canvases" and buys discounted buckets of rejected custom-mixed paint from home-improvement stores to create these brutally critical works.