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Over the last few months, we've been counting sheep- tons of sheep- on the streets downtown. The sheep appear in posters, stickers, and free-hand graffiti pieces, and until now, we thought they were all by the same person. Not so-- the artist known as "5003" has stepped up to claim the open-mouth sheep (seen here), but has disavowed the other sheep (with closed mouths, seen here)-- calling them "counterfeit."

the5003 says: Counterfeit sheep are lerking in the streets......Don't be fooled........

the5003 says: This isn't me.........

the5003 says: What's up with this dude biting my sheep?

the5003 says: Anyone who hasn't figured it out by now....THIS ISN"T ME....This is just another person stealing imagery and ideas........

mattsiren says: yep..5003's sheeps have twice the amount of fur.. this is definitely a counterfeit.

The battle has joined-- will the counterfeit sheepman step forward? And what will happen when he does? [For a great book featuring sheep, read Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase.]