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Return of the Tox?

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Return of the Tox?
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If they ever create a graffiti Hall of Fame, one of the first inductees will surely be the mysterious figure known as Tox. He’s been spamming the London rail infrastructure with his tag for years. That was until last year, when he seems to have rethought his errant ways after having an ASBO slapped on him (why are ASBOs always slapped?). But a recent sighting of his work suggests he may be up to his old tricks. So has he come out of retirement?

Anyone using public transport, particularly to the north-west of London, can't help but notice the ubiquity of his tag: the simple yet winning formula of spraying 'Tox' followed by the last two numbers of the year. Genius! There’s no art or grace to it, in fact, his graffiti is rubbish by any standards. It’s just the sheer quantity that’s won him fame. While the Londonist doesn't condone rail vandalism, you have to applaud his work ethic. There are almost as many Tox tags along London's railway lines as there are signal failures. The heyday came in 2003, when ‘Tox03’ covered every available inch of the Metropolitan line, sometimes in places so inaccessible as to suggest he’s the rather unlikely lovechild of multiarmed Vishnu and Mr Tickle. As one cognoscente of the art form put it “i aint a big fan of tox but give him props cos he is up everywere kist smacks it das you know anything about zelda gettin shift?” High praise indeed…we think.

With each new year, aficionados would await the first new Tox tag like an early sign of spring. But last year, the transport police finally got their man, 19-year-old Daniel Halpin from Stockwell, and slapped (there really is no other verb) that ASBO on him. With each passing month of 2005 and no new tags, it looked like the writing was on the wall (or should that be ‘not on the wall’?) for the enigmatic Tox. But finally, it seems he’s returned. Those who dare venture onto the Silverlink can spot a few Tox05 tags at Camden Road station (including a rare back-to-front motif on a window). Is it him? Is he defying his ASBO? Well, let us spray…

Have you spotted any Tox05 tags? Let us know by replying to this post using the comments form.

Update: Tox06

Update: Tox07

Last Updated 06 June 2005

Dicksdaily

I spotted this along the Regent's canal near Kings Cross last month, but at the time just assumed it fake ... quick - get the graphologists out ....

Tox at Regents Canal

Phil

Took a wander down Brixton high street for the first time in few months on Sunday and noticed that there were a few TOX:05 tags along the very top of the spangly new Brixton tube station. Christ knows how he got up there, but 10/10 for commitment

James

There are Tox05 tags all over the new channel tunnel rail-link works, just outside Kings Cross station. You get the best view of this 'staggering craftsmanship' on the WAGN train service.

marty

To answer your question why are ASBO's always slapped, it's the same reason as to why lorries always 'shed' their loads, MP's always 'clash' in the House of Commons, and why football clubs always 'swoop' to sign new players.

me

on the circle line olympic 2012 train there is a tox 05 on the front!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chris

new Tox05, Fume and Zomby tags, trackside just outside Paddington station. the boy is definately back.....unlucky LUL

Ricky Hatfield

I saw the tox 05 when i was on the train just around the brent cross area

base im a grafiti artist ha ha

big up tox 05 and 06 and 07 keep it up son ur
getin good i see tox 05 all over the place but im not gona tell you were couz ur all grasses tox 1 day we can meet up i graffiti too but i m only 13 i write snag

base tpg sb yo tox05 keep it u

yes yes toxy boy im inpressed i c ur tox up at dagenham dock and at upminister district line as 4 all u grasses out der suk ur mum and ur dad

base tpg sb yo tox05 keep it u

yes yes toxy boy im inpressed i c ur tox up at dagenham dock and at upminister district line as 4 all u grasses out der suk ur mum and ur dad

mobo

yes tox i seen ur reaches up south london wid rib n zomby.....

Jest TmPs

Tox also appeared in the news papers in the background of one of the blasted tube trains.

Props to Tox. You know your up when people remotely un-interested in graff recognise you.

kred

Yes to the Tox back up where he belongs

MoN

nicely done TOX i seen your bombs up everywhere man, keep it up.. wtf is asbo ?

Maff

I saw tox in Liverpool. If you leave Lime Street Station, near the parade theres a set of steps leading down. In white spray paint on the ceiling there, is TOX.04

base......base......base......

fffffffffffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllll yyyyyyyyyyyoooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuu fffffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuukkkkkkkkkkiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggg ggggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssss oooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuutttttttttttttttt ddddddddddddddeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrtttttttt

LONE TWD

IVE SEEN TOX 06 BRIXTON

LONE TWD

TOX MAN U GIVE ME JOKES WEN I SEE A DISTRICT LINE GO PAST AND THERES A TOX 02 ONIT UR ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL

not inpressed

I think you guy's need some help with your spelling. Also not quite sure why you're 'inpressessed' or he gives you 'jokes' but while he serves out his ASBO maybe a few art lessons are called for?

guy

TOX 06 - seen in Liecester! Near the railway Station.

AER

TOX smacks it...AER ELD BOSIE SOB

****

do any of u no tox

****

do any of u no tox

venos aka munk

yo give cred 4 you tox your still getin bombs while on azze get sum more who cares u ve started why stop

KORP

FUCK ALL U GRASSES FUCK THE BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE & FUCK HATERS! TOX I RATE U KEEP ON HITTIN IT UP FUCK ALL DEM GRASSES I WRITE KORP,KORPS & KORPZ AND 3.IRAN NOW!
BIG UP NASTY 2JOKE ERROR RIZE ISSUE SB!!!SCUM BAGZZZZ
F.VEEE MDP! FTB! RIP REALAH RIP ZOIDS
BIG UP ACTON (CRACKTON) W.3 BRAApPpPpPp
ANY WAY I HOPE 2 C U SOM TIME!

Leon 'The Cleaner'

Its taking some doing but my team and are finally making head way into wiping out TOX across NLL. NASTY is next.

[skirt girl]

TOX IS LEGEND!!!

Demonbloy

going on thameslink is jokes thanks to TOX. i sit there and all i see is TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 TOX 06 for about 5 minutes. u murked it tox, keep it up

Pablo

Ive seen Tox & FUME all over London as has everyone else, also seen Tox ALL the way up and down the tracks from St.Pancras to Nottingham!

You must spend a small fortune on paint, but seeing Tox, Fume and the odd Banksy around the place is like seeing an old friend, keep it up!

gav

tox rules man
his style has improved graterly within the years
he is king of not geting cort

and check out my site its good

repsect .........................

gav

tox rules man
his style has improved graterly within the years
he is king of not geting cort

and check out my site its good

repsect .........................

Matt Demon

I've seen TOX grafitti at Nottingham station. Looks fake though.

Matt Demon

I've seen TOX grafitti at Nottingham station. Looks fake though.

vemzie_man

nah thats him at notts station! i see some programme bout him aswell WUN

helllo

tox is da master of graffiti, no1 can annoy da BTP more then him and not get cort.

also, yes tox is retunin coz he told me hes gonna graff more coz he knos he can get away wit it

Ouch, Safe Base

Quote *''Its taking some doing but my team and are finally making head way into wiping out TOX across NLL. NASTY is next.''*

Posted by: Leon 'The Cleaner' | April 24, 2006 04:08 PM

You think you can wipe out nasty and tox! no way mannn...

Ouch, Safe Base

Quote *''Its taking some doing but my team and are finally making head way into wiping out TOX across NLL. NASTY is next.''*

Posted by: Leon 'The Cleaner' | April 24, 2006 04:08 PM

You think you can wipe out nasty and tox! no way mannn...

IMHO

Going down thameslink from Farringdon to Blackfriars there is Tox 06, He's up like mad!

Chris Mckelvie

TOX I FUCKING HATE YOU FUME YOUR A DEAD MAN AND AS FOR THE NT CREW THE COPS R GONNA BUST YOU ALL I HATE RAILL TAGERS AND I LOVE THE SLAM DOOR TRAINS BUT THE GAY NT CREW HAVE TO DESTROY THEM WITH THE TAGS IF I EVER MEET YOU TOX I WILL KNOCK FUCK OUT YOU YA HOMO! MON DA SLAMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ace

tox is top my i was on the london district line my train stopped in a middle of a tunnel guess wot i saw TOX O4 tag all the way through the tunnel GANGSTAAA!!!!!!

Shank

Man big up Tox you one nutter man. I see your tag all over notts to london lines and everywhere else, you got commitment man. Gives me something to do on the train anyway. Peace out

Chris Mckelvie

any one here know Tox coz I want a scrap! i wont the basterd dead email me please any one that knows him and ill put an end to this madness

Chris Mckelvie

any one here know Tox coz I want a scrap! i wont the basterd dead email me please any one that knows him and ill put an end to this madness

Chris Mckelvie

any one here know Tox coz I want a scrap! i wont the basterd dead email me please any one that knows him and ill put an end to this madness

Chris Mckelvie

Tell tox that chrisy wants ya dead! ill be doon sandwell looking 4 him any one let me know if thay know anything about him please!

sprinter1233@hotmail.co.uk

Michael

This is the most widspread graffiti art around the entire capital. Now, I do not priase vanadalism, and frankly there are many copycats, who frankly are desperate no lifers. Whiles I would like the removal of all grafitti throughout the United Kingdom, and everywhere else, this work has to be praised whiles it's here!

Sam

Mad props going out to TOX!

fuse chadwell st mary/csm

iv seen tox 06 fukin all ova da gaff brov ur a legend i rite fuse.
i RATE snag aswell

cord

word up TOX mad props!!!!!!!!

keep bombing- respect!!!!!!!!

Daniel Halpern

I am the TOX of of the rails and I just wanna say im not listening to the fagets coz am gonna keep on spraying!!! The thilth aint gonna fuckin stop the TOX so fuck u chrissy and make the fagets work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TOX.06

dan halpin

this is TOX.06 and u aint stopin me chris add me tox.06@hotmail.co.uk i will bang u and then rite tox on ur head.

Spectra!

Lol TOX you were on that programme on sky called The Tube !

Hope

I think you guy's need some help with your spelling. Also not quite sure why you're 'inpressessed' or he gives you 'jokes' but while he serves out his ASBO maybe a few art lessons are called for?

[19] Posted by: not inpressed | January 29, 2006 8:45 PM

^^WTF is wrong wiv you?

Tox your the king of bombin by farrr! i write hope down in essex, and i seen a TOX 06 actual piece somewhere on the way to enfield!!! SAFE! KBK!

jov

tox yer this is a boy called jov yer brav u some ledgend yer every time i go london i see a tox so you a big part of graffin london so hold tight yer im from longmeed brav epsom kool man always a ledgend in the graf industry

Leon The Cleaner

When are you all going to shut up about TOX?

I Hate to break it to you but he is dead!!!

Ive killed him with my lovely class 313 electric train now Dany's with his dad in hell!!!!!!!!!!!!

FTB!!!!!

yeh tox is a legend,,,been going for ages man.FUCK THE COPS,FTB!!!!!!!,FUCK TOYS............KEEP MURKIN DEM RAILS

Steve

When I read that two people had been mercifully killed by a district line train I was sooo hoping it was this idiot Tox.

Not to be, oh well chav extermination has commenced in east london.

Dont these goons realise that nobody apart from their fellow chavs understand these retarded "tags"

Tox, get yourself infront of a train soon.

oh-no?

tox your a serious legend even if its only tags i rember you on a tv program back in the day when i was like 10 coz u got caught but the thing is how did you acctually get all that paint and more seriously how do you get to all these crazy locations in and around london? the first tag i saw was like back in 2000 and your still going! i allways go on trains 2 get to london and i still see tox07 and stuff!!!. but i recon there loads of fakes writeing tox coz i dought u did every one in london.. if u did theres jus no word to explain it n take it in anyways oh yer your cool for doing that !...

Adam Jenkins

"Take it from the champs, grafitti is for chumps"

I wouldn't be that happy if i was Tox. Then again, if I was I would could get help with my clinical narcissism, sad histrionism and talentless anti-social personality disorder.

chump is about the best description.

Skagular The Ninja

tox is a taagggeeerrr.

Chrisso

looking for some contact details for TOX, any ideas?
could you mail them to beejoir@gmail.com

luke

tox yer ur a ledge bled. i wona big up ur cause cos its hard 2 get nown in da big city, but uv made it big time tong boy.

keep doin wat ur doin, bless brova

MY GOVERMENT NAME IS NOT NEEDE

YEAHH TOXX IS DEFNATLYY THE DOGSS BUT U LOT R LATEE IV SEEN FRESH TOX 07 BOMBSS U LOT R TALKING BAOUT 05 U HOT BODS

Sam

awww bruv i saw sum sik dub of TOX06 in gold near kingston

samo

seen Tox 06.. and tox 07 stamps ova my sheds ina small town near hitchin ? altho we are close to london....
but why here ? its all over our town :S

It was first off TOX 06.. but then TOX 07 , we even changed the shed doors just yesterday and come back to find his been back...

Toxic

im ToX big it up for the tubes coz im doing 07 now. T0X

sony

i rate tox. he's a badman on dem rails. hold it down fam.WEST LONDON ZOOP ZOOP

whatever

What a burden it must be to live in london (no capital L cos it dont deserve it)
Learn to spell words like `respect` you council house dwelling southern tossers

ELIK

I RATE TOX. FUK ALL DEM HATERS,FUK POLICE FUK NF,

Lavallois09

Damn! This guys crazy