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  • De Blasio has given up on graffiti

    03/31/2016 10:47:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 30, 2016 | Staff
    Is Mayor de Blasio trying to bring back the city’s “bad old days”? If not, then why has his Department of Transportation stopped cleaning graffiti — a key hallmark of the “ungovernable city” of a few decades back? As The Post reported Wednesday, DOT scrapped its entire anti-graffiti staff last year. It no longer scrubs tags and other “art” from street signs, lights or other DOT property.
  • Graffiti at California mosques investigated as hate crimes

    12/15/2015 6:22:22 PM PST · by o_1_2_3__ · 33 replies
    Wapo ^ | December 14 | Associated Press
    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- Vandals spray-painted graffiti about Jesus at two mosques in the Southern California city of Hawthorne and left a device that looked like a hand grenade in one of the driveways, leading police to investigate both incidents as hate crimes. The vandalism and other recent attacks against mosques and Muslims in California come after a couple who federal officials say were inspired by Islamist extremists killed 14 people at a holiday luncheon in San Bernardino on Dec. 2. Some Muslims in Southern California and beyond have worried about the potential for reprisals, while leaders of various faiths have...
  • John Morgan billboard littered with graffiti

    09/07/2015 4:30:13 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    News 13 ^ | 9-7-2015 | Greg Pallone
    TITUSVILLE -- You’ve seen the billboards all over Central Florida -- law firm Morgan & Morgan, touting they’re “For the People." But we found one littered with graffiti – and the question is – who did it? Or is it a stunt? "I don't know how anyone could get up there without being seen," said Tabatha Liller, with a chuckle. Liller works at Shedmovers, a small business on US 1 in North Titusville. Directly across the street stands a billboard -- right now with advertising for law firm Morgan & Morgan. But if you look closer it looks different to...
  • Police: Man beaten, stabbed after confronting taggers in Anaheim

    07/27/2015 11:10:03 PM PDT · by Pelham · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 27, 2015 | Alyssa Duranty
    ANAHEIM – For the second time in about a week a person in Orange County has been viciously attacked after reportedly confronting a group of taggers. On Sunday night, a man was chased, beaten and stabbed by a group of taggers, which he had confronted in an attempt to keep them from vandalizing a vacant building in Anaheim, police said. Anaheim police responded to reports of a stabbing around 9:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of West Lincoln Avenue. The man, in his 40s, had confronted multiple people who were spray painting graffiti on a wall of the unoccupied building...
  • Gladiator Fights Revealed in Ancient Graffiti

    06/20/2015 5:58:55 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19,2015 | Owen Jarus
    <p>Hundreds of graffiti messages engraved into stone in the ancient city of Aphrodisias, in modern-day Turkey, have been discovered and deciphered, revealing what life was like there over 1,500 years ago, researchers say.</p> <p>The graffiti touches on many aspects of the city's life, including gladiator combat, chariot racing, religious fighting and sex. The markings date to a time when the Roman and Byzantine empires ruled over the city.</p>
  • Graffiti artists suing 5Pointz owner for whitewashing their work from building

    06/17/2015 9:50:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 102 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 12, 2015 | Ginger Adams Otis
    Nine graffiti artists who spray painted creations across the world-renowned 5Pointz building filed a lawsuit Friday in Brooklyn federal court, seeking unspecified damages from the owner who whitewashed away their artwork. [Snip] The aerosol artists say they are owed substantial cash damages because Wolkoff painted over their al fresco works. [Snip] The iconic buildings had more than 350 works of visual art on the walls — inside and out — when Wolkoff destroyed them, the lawsuit said. The colorful, eye-catching creations were torn down for good last summer.
  • Stonehenge Damaged with Chewing Gum and Graffiti During Winter Solstice

    Stonehenge was damaged during the Winter Solstice, with chewing gum stuck to the ancient monument, it has been disclosed. A report The Heritage Journal also revealed graffiti was sprayed on the stones, people tried to light fires on them and someone dripped a line of oil on several of them in December. Conservationists are calling for a ban to be put in place preventing people from walking among the stones on both the longest and shortest days of the year. It comes as it emerged volunteers and staff at the site were "left in tears" following the last summer solstice...
  • Graffiti artists' move to national parks shocks nature community

    04/29/2015 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 26, 2015 | Louis Sahagun
    Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris and New York, works as a top editor of the men's fashion magazine L'Officiel Hommes and has appeared in countless glossy magazines as a tastemaker and bon vivant. Two months ago he showed up on the decidedly un-fashionista website Modern Hiker, along with a photo of a boulder he tagged in Joshua Tree National Park. Since then, Saraiva, who lives in France and is known by his fans as Mr. Andre and Mr. A., has been scorned by American nature lovers and thrust into a highly charged...
  • Graffiti artist attacked by gang in Paris ghetto for painting the word 'coexist'

    02/10/2015 1:51:57 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 29 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | February 10, 2014 | Simon Tomlinson
    A French graffiti artist has told how he was attacked by a gang after refusing to take down a mural calling for religious harmony in Paris. The artist, known as Combo, 28, was left with a dislocated shoulder and bruises across his face after being set upon in a ghetto in the east of the capital. [snip] When asked whether Paris had changed since the Islamist attacks, Combo said: 'It is different, clearly.
  • Meet The No-Talent Hack Who Is Defacing America’s National Parks With ACRYLIC PAINT

    10/27/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/27/2014 | ERIC OWENS
    The National Park Service is investigating a woman who appears to have traveled from New York to several Western states in recent weeks in order to paint pointless, embarrassingly unsightly drivel all over a bunch of America’s most pristine and most iconic national parks. The crap sketcher is Casey Nocket, Modern Hiker reports. Nocket, 21, left her trail of twaddle in nearly a dozen federally-protected parks including Yosemite National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Anti-Hillary Clinton graffiti plastered across streets surrounding restaurant where...

    10/19/2014 10:30:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/17/14 | Mia De Graaf
    **SNIP** However, Sabo has taken aim at the former First Lady in an overnight sting. This morning, he gleefully tweeted from the account @unsavoryagents: 'SNEAK PEEK - ABOUT LAST NIGHT' with an early morning photograph of one of the monkeys hanging from a lamp post. He told The Hollywood Reporter in an email: 'All these leftists, I'm tired of their s***'. The website describes Clinton as 'a tired old hag who can't stop wishing she was President'.
  • Hate-crime charges filed in anti-Semitic graffiti case in Van Nuys

    07/29/2014 6:46:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/29/14 | Richard Winton
    A man accused of scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti outside a Jewish-owned business in Van Nuys has been charged with multiple hate crimes by Los Angeles city prosecutors. Amos Hason 49, allegedly painted swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti on a fence and trash bin behind the plumbing business. Surveillance video from the site shows a man applying graffiti on two occasions. Among the scrawlings were the words: “Adolf was right. Kill Jews!” with a swastika at the end. “This case is a stark reminder that there is still hate in our society and we must strike back against it every time it...
  • Offensive graffiti stops bridge project in Amesbury

    04/28/2014 8:01:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies ^ | April 26, 2014 |
    AMESBURY, Mass. ( – An Amesbury man says someone sprayed offensive graffiti near his home on a beam that is part of a construction project, which was brought to a screeching halt due to the vandalism. Scott Taylor lives just feet from where a massive bridge project is happening on Interstate 95, and he says construction workers have been scattering debris all over his yard for almost a year. He woke up to the graffiti this week and that sent him over the edge. The message? “Welcome to Fallujah, baby.” "I think it's pathetic. I think it's cowardly. And I...
  • Vandals target Spike Lee’s former home after director’s gentrification rant

    03/02/2014 5:03:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 02, 2014
    Vandals targeted the former Brooklyn home of director Spike Lee days after a video of the director ranting against gentrification went viral. The vandals sprayed “Do The Right Thing,” on the front of the brownstone home in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. The message is the title of one of Lee’s best-known movies, which tackles the subject of racial tension in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Lee’s former home had part of the title written on the side of its stoop. …
  • 'Superpope' artist acclaims Pope Francis as a true hero

    01/30/2014 6:04:10 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | January 29, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Artist Mauro Pallotta. Credit: Andreas Dueren/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 29, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA).- Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the pontiff uses his papal authority “for the good.” “I thought of representing this Pope, Francis, as a super hero of the Marvel (Heroes), simply because, according to me, he is one of the few people who, having a real power as a Pope, he uses it for the good like the superheroes of the American Marvel,” Pallotta told CNA on Jan. 29. Pallotta, 41, is...
  • Police: Iconic Austin Frog defaced by woman who thought it spoke to her

    01/02/2014 10:11:44 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 26, 2013 | Updated: December 26, 2013 4:09pm | by Heather Alexander
    A woman is under arrest after Austin's famous Frog mural was defaced with obscene words Christmas Eve. "The Frog," as it it known locally, was painted by singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston and was once worn as a T-shirt by Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Johnston lives in Waller, about 40 miles northwest of Houston. ...Rebecca Guest, 32, was caught red-handed by officers who saw her at work on the mural on Tuesday, according to a police affidavit. ...According to the affidavit, Guest told officers "she was covering it in expletives to force the owners to take it down completely." Officials said Guest...
  • This is what happens when a law student tries to stop graffiti vandals with her Mercedes

    10/09/2013 11:52:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 9, 2013 | Eric Owens, Education Editior (I can hear him laughing)
    A first-year student at San Francisco’s UC Hastings College of the Law allegedly ran a guy over while trying to take revenge on a group of graffiti taggers with her 1984 Mercedes-Benz. According to the San Jose Mercury News, police say the bizarre incident went down around about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday after the student, 26-year-old Meghan Anne Zato, was asked to leave an Oakland bar for unspecified reasons. On the way, Zato and an unnamed man saw the graffiti vandals tagging an exterior wall of the Oakland Public Library. Zato’s companion told the taggers they shouldn’t deface the wall....
  • Graffiti Artist Hits ‘Like’ On Facebook And Gets Arrested For His Alleged Role In Riot

    08/18/2013 6:16:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | August 18, 2013 5:23 PM
    HUNTINGTON BEACH ( — A graffiti artist, who allegedly tagged a police car during the riot in Huntington Beach last month, clicked the “like” button on the police department’s Facebook page, triggering his arrest, police said Sunday. Huntington Beach police took to Facebook to trumpet the arrest of Luis Enrique Rodriguez, 18, of Anaheim. Rodriguez, “apparently proud of his actions, ‘liked’ the Huntington Beach Police Department’s picture # 15 and shared it with his friends, which was noticed by numerous fans on our Facebook page and a series of tips led to his identification,” police posted. On his own Facebook...
  • UPDATED: Man Seen Doing Graffiti Died After Officer Used Taser

    08/08/2013 5:38:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 81 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/8/13
    An 18-year-old man who was seen putting graffiti on private property in Miami Beach died after he ran from police and an officer used a Taser on him, police said. Miami Beach Police officers saw Israel Hernandez vandalizing private property with graffiti at 71st Street and Collins Avenue at 5:14 a.m. on Tuesday, Police Chief Raymond Martinez said in a statement Wednesday. Thiago Souza said that he and another friend were keeping a lookout as their friend Hernandez used gold spray paint to graffiti an old storefront. “I told him. I was like, 'Yo, stop,’” Souza said. Police pulled up....
  • Worker who was sent to remove graffiti finds image of himself on same wall hours later

    08/04/2013 6:09:05 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 16 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | undated | Ryan Lee Hall
    A graffiti artist is making headlines for his creative spray paint art. The artist painted and image of an employee, who removed his graffiti from the wall, earlier that day.
  • As Vandals Deface U.S. Parks, Some Point to Online Show-Offs

    06/16/2013 4:33:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 4, 2013 | FELICITY BARRINGER
    <p>SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — When Steve Bolyard checked out a report of black paint on some of the park’s majestic saguaros — cactuses whose towering bodies and upraised arms are as emblematic of the American West as red-rock buttes and skittering tumbleweeds — he did not expect to see ganglike calligraphy covering more of them than he could easily count.</p>
  • Driverless Car Rigged to Ram White House Gate so Man Could Spray Graffiti

    06/14/2013 10:47:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/14/13 | JACK DATE
    An Ohio man who rigged his Jeep Patriot to ram the White House gates has told authorities that he planned to spray paint the "don'' tread on me" snake somewhere on the White House complex or "die trying," according to court documents released today. Photos of Joseph Reel's wrecked car and the 200 rounds of ammunition, knives, machetes and other items found in his car were released today along with details of Reel's plan to spray graffiti on the White House. Reel, 32, of Kettering, Ohio, has been charged with destruction of property and is being held in federal custody....
  • Reseda Special Education School Vandalized With Swastikas, Anti-Obama Graffiti

    06/11/2013 3:10:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | June 11, 2013 | CBS Los Angeles
    RESEDA ( — A San Fernando Valley high school has been vandalized with hate messages, including threats to President Barack Obama, authorities announced Monday.
  • Chinese teen defaces Egypt temple; sparks outcry

    05/28/2013 11:39:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    ap ^ | 36 minutges ago | Gillian Wong,
    The teen scratched "Ding Jinhao visited here" in Chinese on a temple wall in the ancient city Luxor, and the incident came to light when another Chinese tourist posted a photo of it on a popular microblog...
  • Graffiti force closure of Joshua Tree park sites

    04/13/2013 9:37:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Fremont Tribune ^ | 1 hour ago
    Officials say the graffiti started with just a few markings, but quickly spread. They blame vandals who posted pictures of their handiwork on social media sites, which enticed others to the same spot and leave their own illicit marks.
  • Suspected Tagger Found Dead, Dangling 9 Stories Up on Office Tower (Graffiti Punk Meets Doom)

    04/02/2013 7:31:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
    Suspected tagger found dead, hanging 9 stories up on office tower A man whose body was found hanging from a downtown Sacramento building Monday, nine stories up, appears to be a tagger who was attempting the vandalize the property, authorities say. The man had used rope to tie himself in a seated position like a rappeller, authorities said. The rope was tied off with a window washing anchor, and fire officials believe that that anchor could have held his weight. But they don't think he was a window washer.
  • Sacramento high-rise death linked to graffiti

    04/02/2013 10:26:06 AM PDT · by Third Person · 14 replies
    SF Gate ^ | April 1, 2013 | Judy Lin
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man who was found dead hanging by a rope off an 18-story Sacramento high-rise appears to have been a graffiti tagger, Sacramento police said Monday. Fire Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja said the man appears to have died accidentally of asphyxiation when he created a harness from the rope and lowered himself down the east side of the office building. "From everything we can tell, he didn't have any special rope rappelling equipment on, climbing equipment or anything like that," he said. "He appeared to be looped into the rope." Police department spokeswoman Michele Gigante said...
  • Man found hanging off Sacramento high-rise was graffiti tagger (Darwin Award possible here)

    04/02/2013 9:55:51 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 31 replies ^ | 04/01/2013 | Staff
    A man who was found dead hanging by a rope off an 18-story Sacramento high-rise appears to have been a graffiti tagger, Sacramento police said Monday. Fire Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja said the man appears to have died accidentally of asphyxiation when he created a harness from the rope and lowered himself down the east side of the office building. "From everything we can tell, he didn't have any special rope rappelling equipment on, climbing equipment or anything like that," he said. "He appeared to be looped into the rope." A police department dispatch supervisor said Monday afternoon that investigators...
  • Sacramento high-rise death linked to graffiti

    04/01/2013 4:47:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 replies ^ | April 1, 2013
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man who was found dead hanging by a rope off an 18-story Sacramento high-rise appears to have been a graffiti tagger, Sacramento police said Monday. Fire Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja said the man appears to have died accidentally of asphyxiation when he created a harness from the rope and lowered himself down the east side of the office building. "From everything we can tell, he didn't have any special rope rappelling equipment on, climbing equipment or anything like that," he said. "He appeared to be looped into the rope.A police department dispatch supervisor said Monday...
  • Afghan graffiti artist makes her mark in India

    03/02/2013 6:19:16 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | March 2, 2013 | BBC
    Malina Suliman's "crime" was to paint the walls of Kandahar with the graffiti of a skeleton wearing a burka and the depiction of an ordinary Afghan entangled between an American tie knotted to a turban worn by the Taliban. She defied the Taliban for as long as she could. But when the threats became frequent and after her father's leg was broken in an attack, she had to flee her home town a couple of months ago and take refuge in Mumbai. 'Un-Islamic art' Her sculptures outraged conservative Muslims and the Taliban. They declared that her work amounted to idol...
  • Unlikely Alliance in Hevron's 'War of Graffiti'

    02/06/2013 4:13:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    ...... In the proceeding years, graffiti, against Jews and Muslims alike, has come to conceal the beauty and allure of the ancient city and area surrounding the Cave of the Patriarchs. Most of the graffiti appears on David Hamelech Street, the main street in Hevron adjacent to the Jewish community. Among the slogans appearing on almost every wall or storefront are “Death to the Jews,” “Stop the Occupation,” and various expletives in both Arabic and English. However, ten months ago, when Barak Arusi was appointed to lead the police unit in charge of the area surrounding the Jewish holy site,...
  • Unlikely Alliance in Hevron's 'War of Graffiti' Jewish and Arab residents of Hevron

    02/06/2013 3:28:03 PM PST · by Nachum
    inn ^ | 2/6/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    In a joint effort and rare demonstration of unity, Jewish and Arab residents of Hevron are beginning to repaint the city walls that have been desecrated and profaned with derogatory graffiti for over a decade. Jewish residents, Israeli police and local Arabs are coming together in this highly contentious area in an effort to restore and repair the city to its undefiled state, before anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim graffiti came to be one of its most notable traits, Israel’s Hebrew daily Maariv reported. Following the barrage of Arab attacks in 2001, which reached its peak when an Arab sniper killed 10-month-old...
  • Graffiti suspect caught red-handed

    01/08/2013 1:02:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A man in custody on a criminal damage charge was also charged in connection with various instances of graffiti, after he was captured on surveillance footage and later found to have matching paint on his hands. Christopher Richardson, 36, was charged with attempted burglary and five counts of criminal damage after police said he attempted to gain entry to the UPS store on Fry Boulevard after it was closed, and then sprayed graffiti on a number of businesses in the same shopping area. On Jan. 4, after reviewing surveillance footage from the night before at the UPS...
  • Exclusive: First Glimpse of Former First Daughter Barbara Bush & Graffiti Artist Miky Fabrega

    12/13/2012 4:54:00 PM PST · by drewh · 58 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 13:05 EST, 13 December 2012 | By Sara Nathan
    Her sister may be married and expecting a baby, but Barbara Bush is just as happy with her long-term boyfriend, graffiti artist Miky Fabrega - despite the fact he has been an outspoken critic of her family. The willowy 31-year-old has been quietly dating the Panama-born artist, 37, for the past two years - and the couple have kept their romance out of the public eye. But in this first glimpse of the pair, it is more than clear they are smitten as they pose with their arms wrapped around each other. Miky has made it clear he dotes on...
  • Gay artist who vandalized Chick-fil-A won't be charged

    08/30/2012 12:51:29 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | Aug 30 2012 | Staff
    A West Hollywood artist who allegedly painted the words "Tastes like hate" on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant because of the company president's stand against gay marraige won't be criminally charged by the L.A. County district attorney's office. Prosecutors announced Wednesday they were declining to press charges after Torrance police submitted a case. "The suspect has acknowledged his wrongdoing and offered to make restitution. Finally, the record does not establish the suspect was motivated by religious hatred," the D.A.'s office said in its letter rejecting prosecution.
  • DA won't file felony case against man who claimed responsibility for Chick-fil-A vandalism

    08/29/2012 5:11:02 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 13 replies
    LA DAILY NEWS ^ | August 29, 2012 | City News Service
    Los Angeles County prosecutors declined today to file a felony case against a man who publicly claimed responsibility for vandalizing a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Torrance with the words "Tastes Like Hate" in protest of the company president's comments against same-sex marriage. "... It is the conclusion of the District Attorney's Office that this is not a matter for which felony prosecution is appropriate," wrote John Zajec, the head prosecutor in the Torrance office. "The matter is therefore referred to the Torrance City Attorney's Office for consideration of possible misdemeanor prosecution." A representative from the Torrance City Attorney's Office could not...
  • Chick-fil-A restaurant vandalized with marriage equality stickers, gay pride flag [Md]

    08/12/2012 5:55:09 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 12 2012 | Associated Press
    FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick police say vandals put stickers promoting marriage equality and a gay pride flag on the windows of a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Police say the vandalism was reported Sunday morning. Several homemade signs were also left at the restaurant.
  • Artist who took credit for Torrance Chick-fil-A vandalism arrested

    08/09/2012 5:17:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 9, 2012 | Kate Mather
    Torrance police have arrested a West Hollywood artist who allegedly painted the words "Tastes like hate" on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant last week. Manuel Castro, 30, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism about 7 p.m. Wednesday in West Hollywood, said Torrance police Sgt. Steve Jenkinson. Investigators are also working to identify a person of interest "who may have been involved in the commission of this crime." The graffiti — accompanied by a representation of a cow holding a paint brush — appeared during a week of demonstrations at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide sparked by company President Dan Cathy's public...
  • "Tastes Like Hate" Painted on Torrance Chick-fil-A, More Protests Planned

    08/03/2012 8:04:30 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 27 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | Aug. 3, 2012 | NBC News
    Vandals at a Chick-Fil-A in Torrance left a message on the restaurant Friday during a week of protests in response to the company president's comments regarding same-sex marriage. "Tastes Like Hate" and a cow with a paint brush appeared on the Torrance restaurant early Friday as same-sex marriage activists planned a "National Same-Sex Kiss Day" at Chick-fil-A locations nationwide. The kiss-in comes two days after a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," which resulted in what the Georgia-based chain called a "record-setting" day. The company's executive vice president of marketing declined to offer sales figures to NBC News. Participants in Friday's counter-protest will...
  • Chick-fil-A 'kiss' day marred by 'Tastes like hate' graffiti [photo]

    08/03/2012 8:05:51 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 219 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8-3-12 | Rosanna Xia
    [photo at link] On a day that some gay-rights activists are planning a "National Same-Sex Kiss Day," a Chick-fil-A in Torrance was vandalized overnight with hateful graffiti. Chick-fil-A employees were greeted Fridays morning with the words "Tastes like hate" scrawled in large black lettering mimicking the chain's advertising across the back wall of the restaurant at 182nd Street and Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance. With media helicopters hovering overhead and police officers on the scene, one employee said, "I'm just trying to sort everything out."
  • Mila Kunis will break the law for Obama [Young ignorant Hollywood millionairess]

    07/02/2012 2:40:00 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/29/12
    Actress Mila Kunis has an interesting way of showing her support for President Barack Obama, she recently told Glamour magazine: Glamour: Do you fund-raise for Obama? Mila Kunis: More like street-art-based stuff in Los Angeles that I can’t talk about…because I’m pretty sure it’s illegal. Glamour: You graffiti? Mila Kunis: Mm-hmm. I’d rather do that. I don’t need attention for it. What I truly believe in I will do privately.
  • ‘Kill the Gay’: Lesbian Couple Charged After Allegedly Faking Hate Crime

    05/20/2012 9:29:24 AM PDT · by Baynative · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 19, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    Back in October, a lesbian couple in Colorado called the police after they allegedly found the words “Kill the Gay” scrawled in red across their garage, and a noose hanging from their front door. When asked, the couple told officers they believed that the hateful acts were retaliation from their neighbors and the homeowner’s association, who were allegedly upset that the couple did not pick up after their dogs. ~snip~ Perhaps the women didn’t anticipate how seriously the issue would be treated, because nearly eight months later, with the full force of the FBI involved, authorities are saying the women...
  • Man tags own home: Neighbors dislike graffiti — and message

    03/29/2012 2:25:39 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 4 replies
    KENS 5 ^ | 03/27/2012 | Karen Grace
    Residents are outraged that a home was tagged on their street. The twist is that the homeowner spray painted it himself. Now residents say the eyesore is turning their street into a parade route for all the wrong reasons. On March 10, Daryl McClain's truck was stolen from his home in the 5700 block of Clearwood. So what did he do? He tagged his own house, and neighbors say he did not keep the message clean. "I speak my mind," McClain boasted outside his tagged garage door. "Most people keep it in." Apparently McClain doesn't just speak his mind, because...
  • Toilet-gate has California students flush with anger

    02/12/2012 10:40:04 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 99 replies
    College Times ^ | 11 Feb 2012 | Theresa Harrington
    CONCORD, Calif. — Instead of beating the bell between classes at Mount Diablo High, senior Charles Campos often finds himself waiting frantically for a chance to use a rare unlocked restroom on the sprawling campus. Relief has been hard to come by since beleaguered Principal Kate McClatchy closed all but one boys and girls' bathroom to the 1,400 students last year. Although McClatchy unlocked a second set of restrooms this week, the dearth of commodes may violate the state's education code. She refused to say why she did it, but district trustee Gary Eberhart said he's been told it's because...
  • Occupy LA members want city to return murals

    02/06/2012 10:40:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    KABC) -- ^ | Monday, February 06, 2012
    While the Occupy Los Angeles encampment has been gone for several weeks now, a few remnants of the protest are being stored by the city. The Department of Cultural Affairs is now trying to find a new home for several large murals that were painted at the encampment. But Occupy L.A. organizers argue the murals should be released to them, saying in a letter that the city "misunderstands the true purpose and value" of the murals. "By naming them 'artifact,' you describe our once-living art as lifeless and attempt to frame our movement as such," the letter read. "We assure...
  • Gangs using social media to spread violence

    01/29/2012 5:42:47 PM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies
    CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ^ | January 26, 2012; Updated January 27, 2012 | BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter
    SNIPPET: "Chicago gangs are still spray-painting their graffiti on alley walls, train cars and viaducts — but they’re also using their smart phones and computers for “cyber-tagging,” according to the Chicago Crime Commission, which released an updated book on the city’s street gangs Thursday. They’re provoking their rivals with Internet graffiti and using social media to keep in touch with their associates, according to the commission. “They’re tagging websites with information that is provocative and incites violence,” said Jody Weis, former Chicago Police superintendent and president of the commission." SNIPPET: "Web chatter is a valuable tool for law enforcement officials...
  • Ann Arbor officials announce crackdown on graffiti to combat growing nuisance (Businesses on hook)

    10/24/2011 6:28:35 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies ^ | 10-24-2011 | Ryan Stanton
    An increase in the amount of graffiti in downtown Ann Arbor and other parts of the city has city officials responding to what they consider a growing nuisance. In recent months, city officials say, there has been a clear increase in the amount of graffiti, which they argue detracts from the aesthetic appeal of the community, can decrease property values and has a negative impact on sense of safety and security. This graffiti has been on a building on the 300 block of East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor for several weeks and has not been removed yet. It's...
  • Fairey Attacked by Danes

    08/17/2011 11:08:41 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 8 replies
    Serial art plagiarist Shepard Fairey, the man responsible for stealing a photo and making it an icon, was attacked last weekend in Copenhagen after he failed to understand that history has meaning. Fairey had been in the city creating a series of “street art” murals on the sides of buildings. The Guardian reports: “The LA-based artist believes the attack was sparked by a misunderstanding over his mural commemorating the demolition of the legendary “Ungdomshuset” (youth house) at Jagtvej 69… Fairey’s installation, painted on a building adjacent to the vacant site, depicted a dove in flight above the word “peace” and...
  • Police on hunt for vandals in graffiti spree that damaged some 30 businesses (Santa Fe)

    08/05/2011 10:36:38 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 32 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | August 5, 2011 | Phaedra Haywood
    About 30 businesses in and around the Plaza were hit by graffiti vandals who did thousands of dollars worth of damage sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, police said. The most visible graffiti marred exterior walls above the portal along West San Francisco Street directly overlooking the Plaza. But Capt. George Ortiz said "the majority of it is on skylights and roofs" of buildings surrounding the historic square, including the First National Bank buildings on Lincoln Avenue, and on side streets leading to the Plaza. A police statement said tags were spotted on Old Santa Fe Trail, Water Street,...
  • Bulgarian street artist turns Soviet war monument into Superman, Wolverine, and other superheroes

    06/22/2011 6:00:37 AM PDT · by swatbuznik · 14 replies ^ | June 19, 2011 | Cyriaque Lamar
    Yesterday morning in Sofia, Bulgaria, anti-Communist street artists painted over a monument commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Soviet "liberation" (i.e. a Communist coup d'état) of Bulgaria in 1944. Who did they add to the statue? The Joker, among others.