By drawing a gigantic penis around it, of course. Some potholes that sat unfilled for nearly a year are being fixed in a jiffy, according to the artist. Other admirers are sharing stories of the damage done to their vehicles by potholes Wanksy has targeted. According to 2014 data from the AAA, the damage potholes do to vehicles costs Americans about $6.4 billion per year. In car-dependent Southern California, potholes have even become a major campaign issue for politicians seeking elected office. During Los Angeles’ hotly contested 2013 mayoral race, candidate Wendy Greuel went out on the streets to fill 47 potholes.