Recently some graffiti appeared on the side of my house. I knew I should have done something right away but I didn’t, and now there is more. Here is a picture:
I read this article. I think I just want to paint over it. Someone told me to use dry lock. Is this the best thing to use for this, or might there be an easier way?
EDIT: I finally painted over it with stucco paint. Here it is now:
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It is never nice to see that someone has chosen to vandalize your property. I see main options here.
- Leave it alone. (Already ruled out, since you wish to deal with it.)
- Remove the paint.
- Paint over it.
If you do choose to remove the paint, a paint stripper is a good start. I like the citrus based ones, as they seem less toxic than the old solvent based strippers. Brush the stripper on, let it stand for the indicated time, then wash off, probably with a good stiff brush as an aid. An issue here is you will essentially end up cleaning the surface where you just worked, so this action will tend to leave a negative of painted region. The wall will be lighter in those spots, because it is cleaner. So you will then want to wash down the entire wall. A pressure washer will help, and you can get mild cleaners to help in this part.
The final choice on my list is to paint over it. A good exterior paint will cover the graffiti well enough. (Of course, a downside to paint is that once you paint that wall once, you will be forced to paint it again in the future when the paint gets old.)
An alternative to a blank white wall here is to do it as a mural if you have an artistic bent. (My wife surprised me one day with her artistic talent, when I came home to find she had painted the block wall on our house with a field of cat tail reeds under a bright yellow sun.) How about a nice field of sunflowers against a blue sky? Or, perhaps you might paint the wall to look like a brick wall, but add several fake stained glass windows on this facade?
If you do decide to paint the wall, you might still want to wash it down first to remove any crud that will prevent good paint adhesion. Give it a couple of days to dry before applying paint, especially if it is oil based paint.
Make light work of unwanted graffiti and tagging with Zinsser – our guide below will walk you through 3 easy steps for painting over outdoor graffiti, priming and sealing the substrate in one to prevent stains from resurfacing.
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Graffiti may be innocent and harmless to some but for businesses, having unwanted and offensive slogans painted on property will affect a hard-fought reputation and dissuade customers from visiting, reducing footfall and harming profits.
Schools, colleges and universities are also a target for tagging with graffiti; clean and tidy premises keep parents and OFSTED happier.
Dwellings and holiday homes, which can be left uninhabited for lengthy periods, can fall foul to graffiti attacks and tagging and may be prone to inviting more antisocial behaviour, especially in areas with a higher risk of vandalism.
Zinsser work with contractors to create problem-solving products that meet “real world” challenges, providing tried and tested solutions to painting problems, usch as removing graffiti from brick and other exterior surfaces.
For repeated graffiti attacks, our comprehensive range of anti-graffiti coatings and graffiti removal products help prevent damage to many different of substrates.
Make sure that all surfaces are clean and dry, free of anything that could interfere or affect adhesion of Zinsser products and materials to be applied.
Loose and failing material can be removed by scraping or brushing using a stiff-bristled brush to a sound edge, which can then be feathered with a fine grade abrasive paper.
Moisture content should not exceed 18% prior to painting.
Remove all dust and visible signs of organic growth, treating affected areas with Zinsser Mould Killer & Remover in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clean down areas with sound paint to remove any contaminants with Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner, and remove all residues by rinsing thoroughly with clean water before allowing to dry.
Cracks and small surface defects can be filled with a suitable filler, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, allowing the surface to dry and then rubbing down with a fine grade abrasive paper.
Remove all dust and continue to step 2.
All areas affected by graffiti can be primed with one full coat of Zinsser Cover Stain – in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions – allowing two hours minimum drying time (in normal drying conditions).
Suitably prepared and primed surfaces can be decorated with two full coats of Zinsser Allcoat Exterior, available in water-based Satin and Gloss finishes with over 350 colour options.
Apply in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, allowing a minimum of 1 hour between coats for drying.
Graffiti can be water-soluble or solvent-soluble; therefore, some areas may need a coat of Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer Sealer if graffiti bleeds through Zinsser Cover Stain Primer Sealer.
If you’re unsure about how to tackle problem graffiti and tagging on your home or business premises, including how to remove graffiti from brick, give our technical team a call to discuss your requirements on 0113 2455450 (option 2) or [email protected] .
Zinsser Cover Stain® makes light work of unwanted graffiti – it primes and seals the affected substrate in one, preventing stains from resurfacing.
What you will need:
- Zinsser Mould Killer
- Zinsser Universal Cleaner & Degreaser
- Cover Stain® Primer Sealer
- AllCoat® Exterior Satin
- AllCoat® Exterior Gloss
1. Surface Preparation
All surfaces must be clean, dry and free from anything that will interfere with the adhesion of the materials to be applied. Remove loose and failing material by scraping or brushing with a stiff bristle brush to a sound edge. Feather sound edges with a fine grade abrasive paper. Prior to painting, the moisture content should not exceed 18%. Remove all dust. Remove all visible signs of organic growth and treat the areas with Zinsser Mould Killer in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. In areas with sound paint clean down with Zinsser Universal Cleaner & Degreaser to remove any contaminants. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all residues. Allow to dry. Fill any cracks and small surface defects with a suitable filler in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry. Rub down with a fine grade abrasive paper. Remove all dust.
Prime all areas of graffiti with one full coat of Cover Stain® Primer Sealer in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow a minimum drying time of two hours in normal drying conditions.
Decorate with two full coats of AllCoat® Exterior Satin or Gloss in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow a minimum of 1 hour between coats.
Note: graffiti can be water soluble or solvent soluble therefore some areas may need a coat of Bulls Eye® 1-2-3 Primer Sealer if graffiti bleeds through Zinsser Cover Stain Primer Sealer.
graffiti paint removal
Graffiti is a crime that effects more than aesthetic appearances. This vandalism brings a negative perception of the cleanliness, security, and safety of an area. The Los Angels Police Department reports, “The more social disorder and graffiti in a neighborhood, the louder the message is sent that ‘nobody cares’.” This sets off a vicious cycle that encourages further crime in affected neighborhoods. Additionally graffiti left untreated can cause permanent damage to vehicles, homes, buildings, and other surfaces. But many of us are unsure of how to remove graffiti. Graffiti removed without the proper products and know-how can often cause more damage than the graffiti itself. We’ll walk you through our expert tips on how to remove graffiti without causing harm to yourself, your property, or the environment with these safe and easy tips to remove graffiti.
Identify the problem:
Graffiti can be a combination of aerosol spray paints, permanent marker, and inks. Most graffiti removers rely on very harsh chemicals to strip away anything in their contact. This one-size-fits-all may not effectively remove all types of graffiti and is often too harsh for the surface being treated resulting in additional property damage. Motsenbocker’s Lift Off® offers two products specifically formulated to target spray paint or marker and ink.
It may be difficult to identify which form of graffiti is the culprit. Spray paint will often have a soft, “fuzzy” line break and drip marks may be noticeable. Markers and inks leave sharper lines and are commonly used indoors. Additionally spray paint is often used to cover larger areas.
Harsh solvents such as mineral spirits and paint thinners are often used to remove graffiti but can produce noxious odors and can be very dangerous to your personal health. This is partially concerning when working indoors or in an area that cannot be well ventilated. Look for low VOC formulas to reduce exposure to irritants that can produce respiratory problems, watery eyes, and headaches.
Account for Surface:
Oftentimes removing graffiti causes more damage than the graffiti itself especially when using harsh chemicals and solvents. These products are designed to breakdown a variety of sub straights including clear coat paint on a vehicle, pigments on house siding, or finishes to furniture and signage.
You may have noticed a time when graffiti was improperly removed – the paint or ink is gone but so is the finish below leaving a “white out” effect in the shape of the original graffiti tag.
Use the Right Tools:
Anyone who has attempted to remove graffiti from a porous surface, such as brick, concrete or stone, knows a microfiber cloth won’t cut it. On the other hand, you wouldn’t dare touch your vehicle with an abrasive scouring pad or brush. Before attempting to remove graffiti assess the nature of the surface you’ll be working on. Is it delicate or porous? Is there paint or a finish beneath that will require special care?
Porous surfaces such as brick, concrete, and stone are particularly difficult because the graffiti may be absorbed deep into the surface. A graffiti removal product may need to remain on the surface longer for deeper penetration. A high-pressure water system can be used to lift the graffiti from within the surface.
Interior surfaces such as lockers, restroom stalls, and furniture can pose their own unique set of concerns. Before applying any graffiti remover, ensure the surface is factory-finished and test on an inconspicuous area. Avoid highly abrasive brushes that can scratch the surface and use a soft microfiber cloth.
Consider the Surrounding Area:
When treating graffiti on surfaces that are outdoors, it is important to consider the surrounding area and the impact to the environment. Paint that is removed, and some graffiti removal products, can pose a serious threat to the environment and in some regions may be considered a violation.
Working with a biodegradable, environmentally safe product is a necessary first step. Then take into consideration the process for removing the paint: Will paint debris come in contact with the environment, such as trees or nearby water? How will the surrounding environment be protected from the paint remover and paint debris? How will he the paint debris and paint removal products be disposed of after the graffiti is removed?
Motsenbocker’s Lift Off® products break the molecular bond at the surface level. This unique formulation allows removed paint and graffiti to remain intact instead of being “melted” as is the case with harsh solvents and paint thinners. Paint remains solid so it will not seep into soil or mix with surrounding bodies of water. It is then safe to be disposed of with standard trash removal.
Now that you have a better understanding of what graffiti is and how to expertly assess your unique situation this guide on how to remove graffiti will walk you through each step providing our expert methods and suggestions.
September 24, 2019
Acting fast on graffiti removal is key!
Every business or home can be subject to vandalism such as graffiti from time to time. Unfortunately, this can damage your reputation and alienate customers or make your home or property look downright ugly.
For many, the test of how much you care about your property will be in how swift you react to problems such as graffiti.
You could have a go at removing it yourself with household cleaning products, over the counter solvents, get out the high-pressure cleaner (see our article on High-Pressure Cleaners) or even paint over it, Yuk
Below’s a bit of advice on having a go yourself and some of the problems and dangers. We would recommend checking your insurance policy first. If you cause more damage are you covered? You might even find that you are covered to have the graffiti professional removed.
Graffiti cleaning household solutions
The first thing you want to do is check if the painted surface is porous or sensitive to chemicals, sometimes trying to fix it without understanding the material reaction can make things worse.
If your marked surface is plastic, try first using a simple soap and water solution or a light, penetrating oil.
You might find the product used wasn’t permanent and you’re able to lessen the impact. If the marked area is metal, you can try a paint thinning solution or a light, penetrating oil.
Over-the-counter solvents to remove graffiti?
If you’re struggling to make a dent with household solutions, there is a range of solvents and other cleaning products on the market that can be used for graffiti removal. However, these products can contain toxic substances and are often highly flammable.
Make sure you always read the instructions on safe use, wearing the proper eye, skin and mouth protection.
These products might also not be suitable for use on worn wood which can absorb the chemicals and the graffiti paint too, making the problem even more ingrained.
Steel wool VS. graffiti
If you’re prepared to put in a long, hard slog, then it’s possible to remove graffiti using steel wool or a wire brush.
Be aware though that this process will take a long time and will leave marks. That’s why you should only use it on a surface which will eventually return to normal through weathering, such as concrete, stone, some metal and outdoor wooden surfaces.
High pressure washing to remove graffiti works!
A high-pressure cleaner is one of the best means of removing graffiti and can be used on a range of surfaces from masonry to plastic and wood.
However, not many people have access to a high-pressure cleaner and may not know how to use one; therefore, you’d be best to use a company offering high-pressure cleaning services for graffiti removal (see our article on High-Pressure Cleaners).
When to cover graffiti up?
If the graffiti is stubborn, you may decide to just repaint the surface. Of course, this isn’t ideal, especially if the area wasn’t painted, to begin with, however, if you decide to walk this path, make sure you have the closest colour of paint or use a paint matching system.
It’s also possible that some of the graffiti will continue to show through, even under several layers of paint.
Choosing wisely between, Painting, paint removal, cover-up, or acid wash, acetone and other solvents, sand, or other graffiti cleaning techniques can be the difference between a successful graffiti removal and costly property damage.
Remove graffiti the fast, safe and easy way
The best way to prevent graffiti from becoming a long-term problem is to deal with it quickly.
Kleenit can provide graffiti removal with 48 hours to sites across Australia, using biodegradable chemicals and the latest technology, helping your premises get back to looking smart and professional as soon as possible. We can even follow up with an anti-graffiti coating to prevent the problem recurring in future.
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Ex-offenders will use the paint to hide graffiti in Brentford’s Boston Manor Park
- 19:41, 12 MAY 2015
Unsightly graffiti in a Brentford park will be covered up thanks to a huge donation of paint.
Connect Plus Services handed over 100l of paint, plus rollers, to the Friends of Boston Manor.
The paint will be used to hide graffiti emblazoned on the supporting pillars of the M4 flyover, which passes over Boston Manor Park.
It is already being put to use by ex-offenders as part of the Community Payback scheme, which helps them atone for their crimes.
CPS, which maintains motorways including the M4 for the Highways Agency, has been supporting the initiative in the park since 2010.
Linda Massey, of the Friends of Boston Manor, said: “The Friends have been active within Boston Manor Park for over 10 years and together with the grounds maintenance team have raised the standard of the park.
“Thanks to CPS’s generosity, we are continuing to maintain the park and its amenities for those that use it in our local community.”
Brian Johns, services managing director at CPS, said: “CPS operates and maintains the whole M25 (and surrounding roads) and we therefore come into contact with a lot of communities.
“It is rewarding when we are able to support community-led initiatives and we are delighted to continue our support of Friends of Boston Manor through this donation.”
Broadcaster BSkyB recently applied to create a temporary car park under the flyover in the park, to be used by contractors while work takes place at its HQ.
The park’s friends group has criticised the plans, arguing that it doesn’t want the site to become a “glorified car park”.
Cities across America are struggling with the effects of graffiti at an annual cost to taxpayers of billions of dollars, according to a report conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. To exasperate the problem, some areas of the country are actually embracing “graffiti art.” Are these cities throwing in the towel – simply giving up on the prevention and control of graffiti?
In the communities where graffiti isn’t allowed, tolerated or even an option, cost-effective ways to remove, prevent and repel graffiti are available.
Graffiti littering their buildings can decrease property values as well as incur owners the costs of repairing the damage. Left on buildings, graffiti can cause merchants to lose business, because it can give shoppers a sense of insecurity. To some, graffiti may signal that a community is losing control or that no one cares. This, in turn, leads to more vandalism and property damage.
Graffiti can cause mechanical/structural problems as well. Many times, graffiti is simply covered by a coat of paint, which invites a separate set of problems. The proper type of coating, designed for these types of walls, is not always used.
If the building is not painted and is a natural masonry or concrete surface, it has been designed as such. If such a surface were to be painted, it would change how the building breathes, sheds and holds moisture. When masonry or concrete stores moisture during freeze-thaw cycles, it breaks down and falls apart. It also can promote mold formation within the wall system. This eventually causes overall structural damage to the building.
Corrosion of steel reinforcing within these walls also occurs when moisture is trapped. When overlooked, it will become a major problem. In short, a simple “tagged” wall can result in serious structural damage, depending on how the graffiti is addressed.
Sections of masonry and concrete facades are routinely replaced, many due to graffiti damage. Finding a matching material is often impossible. If you to take masonry units off one side of a building and compare them to the opposite side, they would no longer match. Sections of masonry age and weather differently. If you pay attention to structures in your local community, you will be able to identify patches and repairs. The replaced material will look similar to the original, but is recognizably different. This can be as much of an eyesore as is graffiti, and expensive, to boot.
But this masonry conundrum is avoidable. Preventative maintenance against and proper removal of graffiti are the best defenses. Graffiti repellents are a great method of preventative maintenance, since they act as in invisible barrier to protect the surface of masonry and concrete.
Unlike many paints used to cover up graffiti, these barriers are breathable and prevent moisture storage. They work as a water repellent against driving rains and sprinkler systems. They assist in UV protection and protect against the natural buildup of pollutants and staining.
In most cases, when a wall with a graffiti repellent is tagged, that graffiti can simply be washed off with a pressure washer. The sooner it is cleaned, the easier it comes off. Without the repellent, paint is quite difficult to remove from such porous surfaces. Some paint removers are designed specifically for masonry, and many of these products can remove multiple layers of paint without harming the bare masonry.
Remember, masonry is a material with the capability to have a remarkably long lifespan. I previously laid brick for 18 years and am a fourth-generation bricklayer. In the Utah town where I live, many buildings feature my great grandfather’s workmanship, still standing today. By protecting and preserving our structures, we are preserving history. Our local buildings, communities and neighborhoods can remain appealing, prosperous and functional.
Jayson Kellos is Architectural Representative, Western Region, for Hohmann & Barnard/Diedrich by MiTek.
Date Published: 03/12/2020 9:31 AM
Depending on where you live and what part of the city you’re in, chances are you probably walk or drive by some racist graffiti on walls, lamp posts, or on the ground every day. Well, someone from Manchester had enough of it and made these quirky cat stickers to cover them up. They read: “There was some racist rubbish here but I covered it up with this picture of a cat”, with of course a picture on the side of the sticker of a cat lounging nonchalantly.
Sure, you could always report the graffiti, or attempt to clean it up yourself, but there’s just something so satisfying about taking care of it in the most witty way possible! Not only are you covering up some terrible text or picture, but you’re giving everyone a new awesome message to read that’s positive, and it has a picture of a cat that’ll draw everyone in!
The racist graffiti covering cat sticker won’t solve the problem entirely, but it’ll at least cover it up until the city eventually takes care of it by repainting the wall, cleaning the ground, etc. Plus, the witty cat sticker is not just trying to hide it, but also acknowledge the issue and bring it to the forefront, and face it head-on.
“People have spotted the stickers all around the city (Manchester) covering hoax Extinction Rebellion posters with inflammatory messages about immigration and race. Although the person behind this is unknown, it seems that the stickers themselves come from an Australian organization called Cracks Appearing Distro.”
This isn’t the first time people have attempted to cover up racist graffiti in a unique and witty way. As back in 2016, graffiti artists were helping cover up racist graffiti by turning swastikas into cute little animals like a cartoon mosquito, owl, and a cute tangled-up person. The Verge reports:
“Within a few minutes, Omari and another artist transformed the giant swastika into a cartoonish mosquito, effectively neutering a symbol that continues to haunt Germany. Not long afterward, another friend told Omari of another swastika they had seen painted in a Berlin park, and suggested that he perform the same kind of street art alchemy.”
Their intended use is to cover up racist propaganda
The cat racist graffiti cover-up sticker goes for 6 bucks for a pack of ten over at Cracks Appearing Distro. The witty cat stickers are printed on white gloss paper and should last outdoors for at least six months. Each sticker measures 6.9 inches wide x 3.5 inches tall.
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In most communities, graffiti is seen as a serious crime that negatively affects those who live in the community.
Graffiti is used by “taggers” to establish their identity and in some cases, to mark territory. What they do not realize is that their “artwork” makes a significant impact on their community. From business costs to aggravation, when people of the community have to clean up the mess left behind.
The Cost of Graffiti
Those who own property take on the expense of removing the graffiti from their properties. Business owners and homeowners have to shell out the money to rent or buy machines or paint to cover up the writing on their buildings. If they do not have the means to remove the graffiti then they face devalued property.
If the city must remove the graffiti then it takes money that comes from taxpayers. It is one way that the city loses money from other programs since they have to move funds around to remove graffiti from buildings and other city property.
The cost also comes in the form of how its residents and visitors view the area. If the graffiti is allowed to remain then residents will start to feel indifference towards the community. Subconsciously, it is hard to care for a city that others do not care about. Since that it is the impression given to others, you will see a decline in visitors to your community which will affect your city’s revenue.
How to Remove Graffiti in Your Community
When it comes to removing graffiti, the sooner you do it the better. That is because the faster it is to be removed, the less likely it is for it to reappear.
Methods for removing graffiti include:
• Painting over the graffiti is one option.
• Power washing can also remove graffiti from certain surfaces
• Dry ice blasting is another fantastic way to remove graffiti
Keep in mind that murals can also deter individuals from writing on the side of your property.
Dry Ice Blasting for Graffiti Removal
If you are looking for a method in which to rid your business of graffiti and other debris then look to dry ice blasting. Not only is it great for removing harsh spots but can clean other areas of your business and home as well. For more information about the benefits of dry ice blasting, look to Ice Tech.
— Photos by Jennifer Honetschlager • Vision 2020
May 11, 2015 – 11:42 AM
By Jennifer Brooks • [email protected]
In Mower County, beautification is in the eye of the beholder.
A colorful mural that volunteers painted over a mess of bridge graffiti is about to be painted over itself.
To the community activists who donated their time and energy to the project, it was a way to give back to their town, deter vandals and brighten up the underpass beneath the historic Roosevelt Bridge. To Austin officials, however, the new paint job — a multicolored sunburst — wasn’t much of an improvement over the spray paint scrawl it replaced.
“This group attempted to do something good for the community, and it ran afoul of what we consider a historic structure,” said Mower County Coordinator Craig Oscarson. “We want to keep the bridge in its original form. Artwork, no matter how pretty, is not part of that.”
The county just spent $2.7 million to restore the 80-year-old stone arch bridge, only to have it tagged repeatedly with gang graffiti and spray-painted obscenities. The county whitewashed over the mess, only to see the taggers return. When the community group Vision 2020approached Oscarson’s office about painting over the graffiti again, he thought they meant to scrub it clean or paint the underpass white again.
Vision 2020 had something a little more colorful in mind.
Using volunteer labor and cans of donated paint, the group began work on a colorful mural — a bright orange sun shooting rays of pink, orange, yellow, blue and green across a wall that arched beside a riverside bike path.
The paint wasn’t even dry on the still-unfinished mural when the complaints began.
“I didn’t anticipate the kamikaze look,” Mower County Engineer Mike Hanson told the Rochester Post-Bulletin. “I don’t know if it was meant to scare the gangs; it sure scared me.”
Laura Helle, head of Vision 2020, wishes critics would hold their fire until the mural is finished. The group is dedicated to building community pride and beautifying eyesores like graffiti-covered walls. Most of the reactions they’ve gotten to the Roosevelt Bridge mural have been positive — an online poll by the Austin Daily Herald showed 63 percent support from residents who liked the sunburst and wanted to keep it.
“The public response has very much been in favor of the project,” Helle said. Nevertheless, if the county decides to paint over their artwork, “it will still look better than the graffiti did [and] there really are lots of other places that we can work and put up murals. We intend to keep going.”
On Wednesday, the county commissioners decided the art had to go. The commissioners instructed the county engineer to paint over or scrub off the mural and underlying graffiti and apply a graffiti-resistant coating to the underpass. They sent Vision 2020 a note of thanks, but no thanks.
“We thanked them for their efforts and said that was, at best, a miscommunication between county staff and their group,” Hanson said. “We apologized for that miscommunication, however, we want to keep it historic. We don’t believe there should be any artwork on that bridge.”
The controversy hasn’t discouraged the Vision 2020 volunteers. In fact, Helle said, they’ve gotten even more calls from interested volunteers.
“Community work is messy. It’s a lot of failing forward,” she said with a laugh. “We’ve had more people come forward and say they want to be involved, which really makes me feel great.”
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Different Types of Graffiti Art
A Graffiti Piece is a form of Graffiti that has a very complex design. Usually these pieces take a long time, therefore there are fewer pieces created illegally in public places because the artist would run the risk of being caught while making it. Many graffiti pieces can now be found in dedicated and professional galleries. Of course, there are always the brave few that still plaster their work on public and private walls. Graffiti tributes are also known as “pieces”. Tributes pay homage to people who have passed away. For example Tupac, Mother Teresa and others could be seen all over New York after they died.
Graffiti Blockbusters are larger graffiti pieces that have been created to cover entire walls, usually with the intention of blocking other artists from using the same wall. The design is often simple and done quickly. Another form of Graffiti that is similar to Blockbuster is Graffiti Rollers. Rollers are Graffiti styles that involve blocking out an entire wall with a single color. This is considered to be lazy graffiti writing. Graffiti Stickers are also used in creating graffiti and is one of the quickest ways to post graffiti on the wall. Like “rollers”, “stickers” are also considered to be a form of laziness on the part of the artist. But, more and more artists are coming up with elaborately designed stickers that combat even the most detailed pieces designed. Stencils are also commonly used in graffiti art. They provide the artist with a way to create presentable pieces without compromising time.
Throw-Ups and Fill-Ins are types of graffiti which are done very quickly, usually sacrificing detailed style for time. This is probably the most common form of graffiti. Usually the lettering is done in bubble or block letters and uses 1 to 3 colors. Throw-ups and fill-ins are also often easier to read because the designs are less complex. In some towns and cities it is common practice to do a Throw-up on a train as it pulls into a station. The artist only has a few minutes before the train fills up and moves off, usually resulting in rapid and wild lettering.
Wildstyle graffiti is a form of graffiti art that sports all sorts of arrows, interlocking letters and points and is becoming very popular. For the unfamiliar graffiti eye, Wildstyle pieces are often hard to read since the letters tend to blend in into one another and result in what looks like an uncomprehensible jumble. Wildstyle Graffiti art is often found in and around the bigger cities like New York, New Jersey and San Francisco.
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An abandoned stretch of roadway that snakes through a mountainous region of Pennsylvania known as “Graffiti Highway” is now getting covered in dirt after a reported spike in crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pennsylvania State Route 61 has been closed since 1993 due to damage from an underground mine fire in the nearby town of Centralia, about 60 miles northeast of the state capital of Harrisburg. The pavement on the roadway eventually was covered with graffiti, which then became its own tourist attraction.
In recent weeks, though, as the coronavirus pandemic has swept the nation, closing schools and forcing people to work from home, officials in Pennsylvania said there has been a spike in visitors.
Schuylkill County local news website Skook News reported on Monday that hundreds have visited the Centralia-area site, drawing emergency personnel to various incidents.
A dump truck with Fox Coal Company dumps a load of dirt onto of the Graffiti Highway outside of Centralia, PA, Monday, April 6, 2020, while working to cover up the tourist denotation. (Jimmy May/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP)
“It’s ridiculous,” Tom Hynoski, Centralia’s secretary, fire chief and emergency management agency director, told the Daily Item. “Oh my God, it’s crazy. They’re supposed to be staying home due to the COVID-19, but they’re coming from New York and New Jersey to be here.”
The groups proved to be the last straw for the property owner, Pagnotti Enterprises, which purchased the property from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 2018, according to the Daily Item.
The landowner hired Fox Coal Company to haul dirt to cover “Graffiti Highway” after people trespassing became a liability, according to Vincent Guarna, the company’s president.
“I think a few weeks ago, there was a fire there, people just starting fires,” Guarna told WNEP-TV. “They’re doing a lot of damage to the community there, and it’s time that ends right now.”
Guarna said that it should take between three to four days to completely cover the roadway with dirt.
A dump truck with Fox Coal Company dumps a load of dirt onto the Graffiti Highway outside of Centralia, Pa., Monday, April 6, 2020, while working to cover up the tourist denotation. (Jimmy May/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP)
“We’ll bring in approximately 400 loads of material, and then we’ll level it off, and then we’ll probably plant it, and hopefully there will be trees and grass growing there,” he told WNEP-TV.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has warned that the Centralia Mine Fire area is “extremely dangerous.”
“Walking and/or driving in the immediate area could result in serious injury or death,” according to the agency. “There are dangerous gases present, and the ground is prone to sudden and unexpected collapse.”
The history of the roadway has been a source of fascination for decades.
A raging fire was sparked beneath the town of 2,700 residents in May 1962 after municipal employees tried to burn trash at a garbage dump and ignited an exposed coal seam. Decades later, the fire is still burning and the former coal-mining municipality is considered a notable American ghost town.
In the years since the initial blaze, extreme heat opened fissures that leaked dangerous levels of smoke and carbon monoxide, forcing the government to issue evacuation orders in 1981.
The underground fire in Centralia has burned since 1962. The intense heat ruptured the earth and leaked dangerous smoke and gases into the community. Experts say the fire may burn for another century. (iStock)
But even after the nearly 1 mile stretch of Route 61 closed, the roadway continued to draw tourists to look at the fissures.
The landowner has started to cover the Graffiti Highway, former Route 61, right, with dirt on April 6 near Centralia, Pa. The Byrnsville Road, left, bypasses the abandoned section of Route 61 and the borough of Ashland can be seen in the distance. (Jimmy May/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP)
Reactions poured in on Twitter to the news of the highway’s burial.
“Thanks to the stupidity of several hundred people who came here during the pandemic, Graffiti Highway is gone forever,” one user wrote.
Another person shared “RIP” to the graffiti highway in Centralia.
“They’re ripping it up and filling it in because hundreds of tourists kept congregating there over the weekend instead of STAYING HOME,” she wrote.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf last week announced that schools statewide would remain shut “until further notice” and the stay-at-home orders intact until April 30 to deal with the growing coronavirus crisis.
As of Wednesday, there are 14,956 COVID-19 cases reported and at least 250 deaths in Pennsylvania, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.
Hello lovely readers! Welcome back to my blog. I know I have been quiet the last week but we are talking about something that I love to study and that is data! Yay! I know how we all love numbers.
Data and statistics aren’t always so much fun but in this case it’s pretty fascinating. The site that I’m doing my research from “Statistics and Facts Database” this site is really nice because there is plenty of side links in the website also. This article isn’t as recent it was written January 15th, 2019 but some of the history and the city information is pretty interesting and certainly worth taking a look at!
As many of us know graffiti started off with a bad wrap. Graffiti was known for gang signs and such and this article talks about that but also how artists in New York started using it to get “notoriety” and to be acknowledged for their work.
Flickr: David Putzier 2009
Graffiti is expensive to cover up and there are many companies all over that specialize in covering up graffiti. In the article in the third paragraph down they discuss how expensive it is to cover up graffiti when it is unwanted. “Cities across the United States spend a combined 12 billion dollars cleaning up graffiti each year.” This is a lot of money to keep covering up vandalism. This site isn’t as positive about graffiti but they are mainly looking at gangs and tagging which is understandable.
Photo Credit: KVAL News
Another statistic that they gave which is they got from another website is that most tagging is done by teen boys from the ages of 12-19. This article states that people can become addicted to tagging and getting away with doing graffiti and I understand being able to get away with something like that can cause a sort of high for someone.
A section that I was really analyzing while reading this was the last paragraph. I wasn’t a fan of how they claim to be a site for statistics but they got kind of personal in the last paragraph. This second was titled “Some Disagree That Graffiti is All Bad”. I’m obviously part of this heading.
Some can be bad we can all agree but not all of it is and people who do actual art shouldn’t be punished for it. In the final paragraph they do give both sides a little bit especially towards the end but it can be seen as being biased. They discuss how graffiti can lead to lower property values but if it is good art then it can raise them and bring in tourists and that’s kind of what is happening in Whiteaker here in Eugene. Take a look at another article that they link. Fast Company: Can Graffiti be Good for Cities? Here in this article there is a sociologist that is discussing art and graffiti in New York and how it can be good for other cities and states.
Flickr: Bruce Fingerhood 2014
As always thank you for reading my posts and taking this journey with me. I appreciate all the feedback and the wonderful words I’ve gotten the past few weeks. I hope you all stay safe, stay colorful, and go enjoy some beautiful art! Check in next time for some pieces that I take pictures of and analyze myself!
Anyone lucky enough to have trees in the backyard can’t help but grow attached to them. If you notice that a vandal has cut into their bark, you’ll immediately want to find tree carving solutions. It is possible to start healing a carved tree. Read on for top tips on how to repair graffiti carvings in trees.
Fixing a Vandalized Tree
Tree bark is very vulnerable to vandalism. You know how even awkward landscaping attempts, like lawn mowing and weed trimming, can affect trees. Deliberate slicing into the tree’s bark can cause even more damage.
If the tree was vandalized in early spring or fall, the bark is looser because of plant tissue growth. This can make result in greater problems for the tree. But don’t worry. You can take steps to start fixing a vandalized tree as soon as you notice the problem.
There are no magic wands when it comes to tree carving solutions. Vandalized tree care takes time and you won’t see immediate progress.
If you are wondering how to repair graffiti carvings in trees, the first thing to do is to assess the damage. Did the vandal carve initials into the tree, or was a large piece of bark cut out? As long as the vandalism did not remove more bark around more than 25 percent of the trunk diameter, it should survive.
Vandalized Tree Care
Healing a carved tree can involve replacing sheets of bark. If the vandal cut out sections of bark and you can locate them, you may be able to reattach them to the tree. To attempt this type of vandalized tree care, put the removed bark pieces back into the bark as if they were puzzle pieces, finding the original location for each piece.
Healing a carved tree requires that you strap these pieces in place with something like burlap pieces or duct tape. Leave this in place for at least three months. Fixing a vandalized tree with this approach works best if you act quickly after the damage is inflicted.
If the cuts involve carving initials or other figures into the bark, you can take comfort from the fact that they probably won’t kill the tree if you jump into action quickly. These types of cutting wounds heal better if they are clean with respect to the vertical grain of the bark.
Go in with a scalpel or exacto knife and cut along the graffiti edges. Cleaning the edges of the wound promotes healing. Cut out groves, not the entire area. Do not use sealant but allow the wounds to dry in open air.
Graffiti Cauliflower is a hybrid variety that produces stunning, bright purple heads that are medium to large-sized. Performs well even in humid conditions. Brassica oleracea var. botrytis. 80 days to maturity. Treated.
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Graffiti Cauliflower is one of the most visually appealing varieties you can grow in a vegetable garden. The bright purple heads are guaranteed to satisfy on a raw vegetable platter or roasted. The heads maintain their color while cooking, although they do turn to a darker, bluish-purple once cooked. To maintain the bright purple color, add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to the cooking water. Graffiti Cauliflower has traditionally large plants and produces medium to large-size heads. Because the heads are darker, they require less wrapping than white cauliflower varieties. This means the harvest window is more flexible. Heads are densely-packed and well-domed. Graffiti performs best when grown for fall harvest, but also has heat and humidity-tolerance for early spring plantings.
Cauliflower may be direct-seeded, but it performs best when transplanted. Transplanting allows for more consistent plant spacing, and prevents cauliflower seedlings from competing with weeds in the early stages of the plant. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Cauliflower transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.
Cauliflower crowns should be harvested when they reach about 5-6″ in diameter. As crowns become larger, plant leaves are less able to wrap the crowns adequately, which can cause discoloration by the sun. Although cauliflower leaves are frost-tolerant, the crowns are not. If frost is imminent while crowns are developing, be sure to use some form of row cover to protect the crowns from frost.
Graffiti Cauliflower Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 12″
Row Spacing: 2-3′
Days to Maturity: 80
Disease Resistance: Downy Mildew
How to Hide the Electrical Box in the Front Yard
Electricity is very important in our lives. However, it comes with baggage that may be a lot to handle, such as a large transformer box openly kept in our front yards for the world to see. Although kept there for the right reasons, many people consider them unappealing.
Instead of looking at your electrical box helplessly and wishing it was not there, you can convert the area around the box into a masterpiece that will keep your front yard glowing with easy DIY tricks. However, proper care should be maintained to ensure your outdoor disguises do not interfere with the normal functioning of the electrical transformer. You should, therefore, contact your electrical company for the right advice.
Depending on the size and shape of your yard, you can come up with great designs to sufficiently hide your utility box. Sonoran LanDesign’s Arizona landscaping service (http://sonoranlandesign.com) suggests creating a small garden around the box, where you can then plant beautiful flowers and herbs to camouflage it. To improve the appearance of the tiny garden, you can also add decorative stones around it to create a perfect outline.
You may also build a corner fence using wood preferably since it is easier to obtain. You can go a little overboard on your creativity and add electrical lamps to your wooden stands so that the area lights up at night to create a magical experience.
However, if you have some spare money you can build corner fences using iron or steel rods. You should ensure that there is proper circulation around the electrical box in order for it to function well. The plants should also be regularly trimmed to prevent them from covering up the box.
Use Steel or Iron Pipes
Who said plants and flowers have to be grown on the ground alone? You can use steel or iron pipes as a type of planter inserted into the ground. Get a number of pipes that are cut to the same size and shape, and place them equidistant to each other and around the electrical box. Fill the inside with both stones and plant supporting soil and plant flowers. You can also paint the steel or iron pipes to make them look good and to prevent them from rusting.
You can see an example of how to use steel or iron pipes in this article from BuzzFeed.
Use Ornamental Grasses
There are many ornamental grasses that you could use. You may opt for taller varieties, or you may prefer to work with shorter varieties depending on the size of the electrical box.
Shorter varieties easily blend in with flowers and are easier to manage.
Tall grasses require more work and may make your yard look bushy and unkempt, if not properly managed. To make it more appealing, you can use shorter grass around the box and also put several flower vases on top of the box.
Use Wooden Fixtures
You can create so many creative disguising fixtures using wood. Wood comes in handy when your electrical box is located near the house, for instance on the house wall. To hide the ugly electric box, you may build a wooden barrier around it.
With wood, your creativity will know no boundaries. You may give it a cabinet look for easier access.
Or you may build a wooden box to cover it. This works for large electrical boxes that are installed on the ground. For a more visual appeal, you may add flowers and porcelain vases on top of the wooden box.
Pinterest has many great examples of the types of wooden fixtures you can build around the electrical box, including birdhouses.
Use Color Camouflage
You can also conceal your meter box easily using paint. The color of the box is usually bright and shiny and offers a contrasting foreground to the rather dull background of the wall.
You can easily turn around this mismatch by painting the box the same color as the wall. If you are not confident in your painting skills, you can hire a professional painter to do it for you. Some people paint their meter box to match the brick or siding of their house so that it completely blends with the wall and unless you are very keen, you may not see it.
If you are the wild-type and don’t mind colorful art in your front yard, then you should try graffiti. The electrical box offers a large canvas that you can use to express how you feel by use of art.
But be wary of the rules and regulations in your area. Many people do not find graffiti appealing.
Taking prompt, proactive steps to report and remove graffiti is the best way to prevent it from occurring in your community. The city’s Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner.
How to Deal With Graffiti
Report graffiti: Use the online report form, download the Find It, Fix It mobile app, or call the City’s Graffiti Report Line at (206) 684-7587 to report graffiti on public property, or on private property that has persisted for a period of time. Make a police report online or call (206) 625-5011 when graffiti appears on your property. If you see an act of graffiti vandalism in progress, call 911 immediately. Graffiti vandals must be caught in the act to be prosecuted.
Remove graffiti: When graffiti appears on your home, apartment building, or business, take a photo to document for insurance purposes. After the police document the vandalism, remove or paint over the graffiti immediately.
Volunteer to clean up graffiti. Become an Adopt-a-Street volunteer and receive City support and supplies to clean up graffiti.
Make your property graffiti-resistant. Steps that are known to work include installing improved lighting and flashing motion-sensor lighting, growing vines or appropriate vegetation to cover unpainted retaining walls, installing a graffiti-resistant coating on your walls, keeping matching paint on hand to quickly paint out graffiti, and installing cameras to monitor activity on your property.
Graffiti on Public Property
Please report graffiti on city buildings, vehicles, litter cans, and recycling bins by using the online report form or the Find It, Fix It mobile app. You can also call the Graffiti Report Line at (206) 684-7587.
Seattle Public Utilities’ Graffiti Rangers and removal crews from other departments such as Transportation and Parks remove graffiti from City property. Consistent with the Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance, the city strives to meet the 10-day timetable for removing graffiti from its property.
Hate graffiti gets high priority treatment. The City takes hate, sexist, racist graffiti seriously. Our goal is to respond to such graffiti on public property as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.
How do I remove graffiti (spray paint and permanent marker) from a wall previously painted with oil-base paint (or perhaps nitro paint – not sure) without damaging the original paint?
I’ve seen a variety of removal substances on the market, but not sure if they leave the original paint intact. So far I’ve tried acetone and white spirit – they are more or less effective, but removal process is extremely slow and looks more like an uphill battle than an efficient process.
What ways to remove graffiti from a painted wall are there?
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I think your best bet is to just paint over it/re-paint the wall. On exterior concrete/brick walls it is easy to power wash or sandblast it – the goal is to remove everything. However neither of these will work inside – aside from the mess they’d create, they’d probably take more then just the paint off your walls!
You might find some chemicals to help remove it, but because spray paint is paint afterall, you will undoubtedly damage the paint underneeth it. Permanent Markers can often be removed with Isopropyl alcohol if the markings are relatively new – you might have some luck with this on the spray paint too. However, with markers, generally speaking, the longer you leave it, the more difficult it is to remove.
By the time you get this stuff off, fix the wall, re-paint the parts that need it, you’d probably would have spent more time then just repainting.
Steven’s answer is pretty much the correct one.
In the past, I’ve used the 3M magic eraser products. But that, like most chemical/mechanical removal ends up leaving a damaged area that looks just like the original graffiti.
Your best bet is to repaint.
When you do repaint, you can consider looking at anti graffiti coatings:
Or. consider landscaping. rose bushes or some other similar shrubbery that make the wall less appealing to paint.
I’m rather disappointed to find almost no useful information on how to remove a specific painting substance from a specific type of painted wall. That’s surprising since graffiti is a widespread problem and I guess millions of people face it every year. The typical answer indeed seems to be “repaint and get over it” yet repainting would be a lot of hassle in my scenario – even sub-optimally removed graffiti would be beneficial.
So I’ll describe my findings here. Fact is one has to find an appropriate chemical which is usually some organic solvent like acetone. Each solvent will have two key parameters. Parameter one is whether it dissolves the painting. Parameter two is whether it dissolves the original paint. Obviously you’re only interested in solvents that do dissolve the painting and don’t dissolve the original paint too much and the don’t dissolve the original paint more that they dissolve the painting.
So I was combatting spray paint and permanent marker used over some kind of oil-based or maybe nitro original paint.
The “white spirit” solvent would dissolve the spray paint very well and wouldn’t dissolve the original paint at all. So I wasted something like a half roll of paper towels to have about one square meter of surface cleaned and the spray paint was removed. However this solvent would have no effect on permanent marker.
Acetone would dissolve the permanent marker and also it would mildly dissolve the original paint. I wouldn’t mind having a thin layer of the original paint removed, but the problem was that dissolved marker would mix with dissolved paint and that would leave ugly stains in the upper layer of the paint.
Also I tried windscreen washer concentrate which is water plus isopropyl alcohol plus some unrelated chemistry. It would dissolve the marker and have no effect on the paint but the dissolved marker would burr and immediately adhere to the surrounding paint so I had to wipe the burrs immediately and still would have minor low-contrast stains.
Then I figured out how to combine acetone and isopropil alcohol. The deal is that the marker trace is rather thick – the lower layer is in direct contact with the base and the upper layer is not in contact with the base, it is separated with the lower layer. The alcohol wouldn’t remove the lower layer because of it good adhesion to the base, but it would dissolve the upper layer. The acetone would dissolve everything and mix it int ugly mess, most of which was the marker ink upper layer. So I used alcohol to remove the upper layer, and then acetone to remove the lower layer together with some original paint. That did some damage to the original paint, but it looks minor especially compared to the high-contrast graffiti drawing removed. In my opinion that was a win, but not an epic one.
Dave Thomas uses black paint to cover over a piece of graffiti he put up on the Oso train trestle decades ago. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)
For 36 years, the old train trestle along State Route 530 in Oso has had a message painted on the top: “Welcome to Oso — party town.”
Dave Thomas said Tuesday that he and a group of friends painted that message when they were teenagers.
“I was 16, dumb, and drunk when we put it up there,” said Thomas. “So that’s not really heritage to me.”
But it was something special to others who live in Oso and have grown used to seeing those words on the train trestle.
So when Thomas climbed to the top of the trestle and used black paint to cover over the words “party town USA,” his action wasn’t welcomed by all.
“He destroyed a piece of Oso history by what he just did,” said Gayle Moffett, who lives across the street. “It breaks my heart. We’ve been through enough already.”
Thomas said that since the devastating mudslide that took at least 41 lives, Oso could never be considered a party town. He also didn’t want President Obama to catch a glimpse of the sign as his motorcade drove by on Tuesday.
“It just didn’t seem fitting,” said Thomas.
“It may be a small thing to some people, but to the people up here it meant something,” said Moffett. “Nobody has ever messed with that before.”
The president did drive by the trestle twice, though it wasn’t known if he looked at the small bridge that now simply says, “Welcome to Oso.”
But at least one neighbor vowed to climb up there and put “party town” back on the trestle.
“It will be back there by the end of the weekend.”
According to the Small Business Administration, one act of vandalism can cost an average of $3,370. As a business owner, you pay for this damage in several ways. A break-in or reported act of vandalism can cause businesses to lose customers out of fear. The repairs can be costly for businesses to cover.
While business owners have property insurance, it’s important to know what is covered when it comes to vandalism, and what the owner is responsible for.
More Than Just Aesthetics
When we think of vandalism, we tend to think of broken windows or graffiti covering buildings. However, a vandalized building can have so much more of an effect than just aesthetics.
- Broken vehicles or machines can cause a business to come to a standstill. A broken machine cannot track orders, broken computers do not allow employees to complete their jobs. Damage like this may force your business out of your location while repairs happen. This may cause production to slow or even stop.
- If additional space is needed, costs can increase with additional rent, supplies, not to mention the repairs necessary to bring the original building back to normal.
- Sales are lost when customers stop appearing. Once news of a break-in hits the community, fear can pass through the business’s customer base. This can cause customers to refrain from visiting the business out of fear of personal safety, potentially decreasing sales and ultimately cash flow.
- While we tend to think of physical vandalism, it’s also possible that crime can happen to technology as well. If your business is hit by a cyberattack, this can cost downtime to production. This can also include loss of sale – not to mention the need for an increase in security for all of your technology.
In worst-case scenarios, a cyberattack can leave your tech incredibly vulnerable to repeat problems like pop-ups, an increase of junk emails, slower systems, and much more. It can also produce a security breach for customer or account data, leaving businesses vulnerable to losing more and more customers due to a lack of trust.
What is Covered Under Property Insurance?
Insurance coverage for property damage and loss does not cover all types of vandalism or graffiti. Property insurance will cover losses including damage to:
- Interior damage caused by vandalism
- Broken windows
- Debris removal
Businesses may also have coverage under their policies for losses if they are forced to close for clean up purposes. Income that is lost during the closings may be covered – this is known as dependent properties or contingent business extensions of coverage.
When looking at purchasing commercial property policies, it is important to consider the following while you shop for the right coverage and while processing a claim.
Look at all policy options. Check all coverage and exclusions. A professional can help you make sure that all needed coverage is included in your policy and that nothing will be excluded especially vandalism claims.
When necessary, track all damage, including expenses incurred from the damage or any loss of income. Insurance companies require detailed proof of loss at the beginning of a claim. Be sure to track all damage thoroughly. To make things easier to collect, consider creating a unique accounting code to log specific losses due to insured damages.
Keep damage to a minimum. Try to reduce the amount of damage as much as possible. This means boarding up doors and windows quickly. Consider calling in a professional team like Roth Companies that can take over the board up process.
At Roth Companies, our board up process will do exactly that – board up any broken windows or doors to prevent additional damage or theft to your building. This service will keep your property safe until the Roth Companies can begin the cleanup and restoration process.
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“I think it’s ridiculous,” one resident said. “It’s the only time you get them to respond.”
By David Chang and Aaron Baskerville • Published May 7, 2019 • Updated on May 8, 2019 at 12:28 am
What to Know
- A resident of a Point Breeze neighborhood spray-painted an obscene image in order to get the city to fix a pothole.
- Residents say the pothole has been in the street for weeks and the city hasn’t responded.
- The city plans to cover up the graffiti Wednesday and figure out how to fix the pothole.
Fed up with a pothole in the middle of their street, a resident of Philly’s Point Breeze neighborhood took obscene measures to get it fixed.
The pothole has been on 17th Street near Tasker for several weeks. Residents say they’ve heard the constant noise of cars driving over it.
“It keeps us up all night,” Marlee Finkelstein told NBC10. “We’re wearing earplugs at night. It’s crazy.”
After getting no response from the city, an angry resident decided to spray paint an attention-grabbing image next to it; a penis.
A metal cover was placed on the crude graffiti though the outline was still visible. It ultimately caught the attention of Philadelphia’s Streets Department.
“While we appreciate a resident using an imaginative way to get our attention, the best way would be to just call 311,” a spokesperson for the Streets Department said.
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If graffiti is on a painted surface, the best solution is to cover it with paint.
For the best results, follow these tips:
- Paint over the graffiti as soon as possible
- Put a primer coat over the graffiti and under the new paint
- Use matching exterior paint
We do not recommend painting on unpainted surfaces. Painting over surfaces like stucco or brick can make them difficult to maintain. Always try to remove graffiti from unpainted surfaces rather than painting over them.
Do not “picture frame” graffiti. If you cover graffiti with a block of paint in a different color from the original exterior paint, you will create a “picture frame” noticeable by vandals. This could make your property a target for future tagging.
Paint entirely over the graffiti. Do not just trace over the letters or symbols with paint. Apply matching paint in a square or rectangle larger than the tag and blend the edges.
Ideal painting weather
Painting over graffiti is more successful in dry weather. Rain, snow and high humidity can cause problems including uneven drying.
We recommend following these temperature guidelines:
32 degrees or higher
22 degrees or higher
50 degrees or higher 1
1. Some paint stores sell paint additives that allow for painting in temperatures of 32 degrees or lower.
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If you have been arrested for making graffiti, you’ve probably wondered how long you can go to jail for it. While this may seem like a trivial matter, it is important to know that you will likely need to do restitution as a result of the charges you’re facing. A felony charge can land you in jail for four years, while a misdemeanor charge may land you in jail for only a few months.
It is possible to spend as much as a year in jail for making graffiti, but there are some limitations. In some states, graffiti is a class “A” misdemeanor. However, in New York, you can only go to jail for one year, as long as you did not intend to damage property. The other thing you must consider is that there are many exceptions to this rule.
If you commit the crime without the consent of the owner of the property, the prosecutor can initiate formal adjudication. The prosecutor will present evidence to the judge. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a judge may order a fine, probation, or community service. The sentence is based on the size of the crime and the damage to the property. This makes it extremely important to consider the consequences of your crime when deciding on how long you can go to jail for graffiti.
Если вас поймает полиция, прокуратура попросит вас предоставить доказательства преступления. Прокурор может запросить разрешение собственника до вынесения обвинительного заключения. Обычно вам нужно доказать, что вы виновны в преступлении. Например, если жертва – взрослый человек, он или она должны будут предоставить доказательства того, что вы действовали в рамках закона. Это означает, что вам нужно будет получить разрешение от владельца собственности, прежде чем вы сможете назначить дату суда.
There are several factors that determine how long you can go to jail for graffiti. First of all, it’s important to remember that you will need a judge’s approval to paint on private property. In some jurisdictions, you can go to jail for a year. If you’re caught on the same grounds, you’ll be sentenced to a maximum of five years. In some jurisdictions, you can also be convicted of a crime if the judge deems it to be more serious than a minor.
In the United States, the maximum penalty for graffiti is a year. In New York, a minor can be sent to jail for a year. A youngster may have to stay in prison for a year if the crime is under $400. For adults, the punishment may be as low as PS2,500. If the offense is committed by a parent, it can result in a fine of up to $10,000.
In the U.S., it’s possible to get a graffiti conviction. If it’s a repeat offender, the sentence can be as long as seven years. As a result, you’re likely to go to jail for up to five years. This is because it’s illegal to paint over an entire wall or to cover the entire wall with a single drew. The punishment is often harsher for repeat offenses, and the amount of time you spend in jail is based on the crime.
Although you can go to jail for making graffiti, you can only be charged with it if the crime is more serious. Typically, a graffiti case will be a misdemeanor. If the damage to the property exceeds $1,000, a felony charge is filed. If your offense is serious enough, you can be arrested and sentenced to one to a year in jail. If the crime was not committed intentionally, there are a few other possible outcomes.
If you’ve already been arrested for graffiti, you need to seek legal representation right away. While there are a number of different reasons you might be arrested, if you’re doing so is an illegal act. You’ll need to show the value of the property. If it isn’t more than $400, you’ll be sentenced to two to five years in jail. The punishment can be even more severe if the damage is more than $300.
Graffiti are markings that are applied illicitly on walls or other surfaces, usually in a public place. It can damage or weaken the original building material (the substrate), and also leave unsightly markings both from the original tags and the effects of visible overpainting or shadows after removal.
Graffiti also have a strong correlation to crime and undesirable activities that affect the public perception of an area. If applied without owner consent or proper approvals (such as compliance with sign codes or other land use requirements), graffiti is considered vandalism or defacement. Most local jurisdictions have laws against graffiti, with civil and criminal penalties for violations.
The National Park Service Preservation Brief on removing graffiti from historic masonry emphasizes that quick response to remove graffiti as soon as it appears is important both for its elimination and its recurrence. Quickly removing the applied coating can keep it from permanently adhering to the building material. Quick removal also acts as a deterrent to vandalism and reduces the likelihood of recurrence.
The goal for graffiti removal is to remove the marking without damaging the underlying material. It is important to use the gentlest means possible to avoid harming the substrate. Otherwise, the graffiti removal can be as harmful or disfiguring as the markings themselves.
To select an appropriate removal method, it is necessary to identify both the material of the substrate (such as brick, basalt, glass, concrete, or wood) and the media of the coating (e.g. spray paint, ink, wax, or markers).
A recent technical study of graffiti prevention and removal in Honolulu’s Chinatown identified four major graffiti removal methods: microabrasion, chemical methods, water methods, and overpainting. Any method should be tested on mock-ups or small areas before applying more widely.
- For Hawaii’s commercial historic buildings, the primary recommendation is to use low pressure rinsing with a neutral or non-ionic detergent. Make sure the mortar is well-pointed before using pressure washing to avoid water damage. Open joints should be sealed and the façade should be watertight. The application should also avoid using tools that would damage the stone or masonry, such as wire brushes or scrapers.
- Chemical cleaning tests found that “Dumond Smart Strip Pro” was most effective chemical removal method for spray paint and silver coating on basalt and brick (but not for use on softer materials, like limestone or marble substrates). It is more effective when used on freshly applied paint. Be sure to follow all safety instructions, manufacturer’s directions, and disposal directions to protect against environmental contamination. For more information and availability go to www.dumondchemicals.com
- Overpainting may be used on surfaces that were painted historically, such as stucco or painted brick, but should not be used on surfaces that were historically not painted. The paint is used to cover the graffiti instead of removing it. It should match the base paint in color and sheen, and be compatible with the base paint.
The study also examined available protective coatings that serve as a barrier to prevent the markings from adhering to the substrate. Unfortunately, none of the tested materials proved to be effective and many of them left files and discoloration on the substrate. Other prevention methods include site modifications, such as lighting, security cameras, and spikes or barbs on horizontal surfaces.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series discussing graffiti in Centralia and an anti-graffiti ordinance currently under consideration by the Centralia City Council.
Even as the Centralia City Council considers how to address graffiti in the Hub City, and citizens debate methods of mitigation, volunteers are working quietly on the sidelines to abate the blight, despite obstacles.
For Leah Wegener of Centralia, and her home-schooled children, Henry and Jacob, covering graffiti is also a lesson in community responsibility.
“It’s a matter of civic pride,” Wegener said. “I didn’t want to tell my kids, ‘why doesn’t someone clean that up,’ when we could do it.”
Wegener has been painting over graffiti for several years through a Centralia First United Methodist Church group called “Together Against Graffiti,” or TAG, a church outreach ministry she started. So far the group has gone out about once per month, Wegener said.
“If we see something we contact the homeowner,” she said.
TAG uses discarded paint from the Lewis County transfer station for the paint-over. But the church group, which includes young people from the church, is limited in the type of graffiti it can tackle. Brick surfaces require pressure washing equipment, which they don’t have, or chemicals, which they can’t use if kids help out. And using either method would require training.
“Without training there isn’t much we can do,” Wegener said.
TAG is also hampered by the homeowners themselves, many of whom are absentee landlords.
“It’s hard to get permission from the property owners,” Wegener said. “We just want to clean it up, but it’s difficult to track them down.”
TAG was out Monday painting the brown garage door of Erin Miller’s north Centralia home, which fronts an unpaved alley.
“I bought the house a year ago,” Miller said. “I didn’t bother painting it because I just figured it will happen again.”
A building across the alley was covered with what appeared to be both old and new graffiti of various colors, some of it gang related. Wegener expressed concern about the ability of some property owners to mitigate graffiti.
“I’m not sure the victims, the property owners, are going to be able to keep up without help. That’s why I’d like to see volunteer groups available,” Wegener said of the proposed city graffiti ordinance.
The ordinance under consideration by the Centralia City Council would add graffiti to its list of city code “nuisances,” and give the police department’s code enforcement section the authority to cite properties that have been tagged with graffiti. Owners would have 14 days to cover graffiti or face “the criminal justice system,” according to a Council Agenda Report.
“These are difficult financial times,” said Miller, who was unaware of the city council’s deliberations regarding a graffiti ordinance. “To have one more thing to deal with is difficult.”
After looking around at the condition of the buildings in her neighborhood, Miller questioned the wisdom of a graffiti ordinance in relation to other issues.
“I look around this neighborhood and it’s dreadful,” she said of the view from her alley. “I look at the buildings and their dilapidated state and it seems pointless. But having a work party to get things done seems hopeful.”
Volunteering can be addictive, especially for children, as anyone who has worked with young volunteers knows. Wegener noted that kids who have participated in graffiti abatement take ownership in their efforts, and often go back to check if their work has been defaced again.
Wegener hopes the attention the proposed graffiti ordinance is generating will in turn generate an interest in volunteering — not only to help cover graffiti, but also for homeowners who want help covering tags on their property.
“I’m not interested in fighting crime, just in cleaning it up,” Wegener said. “It would be easier if people called us so we didn’t have to track down the owners.”
To volunteer yourself or your property, contact TAG through the Centralia First United Methodist Church at (360) 736-7311.
Would you turn a blind eye if you happen to see a racist graffiti? Or would you be like this mysterious hero who keeps covering up insulting graffiti with cat stickers? Society has been gradually embracing graffiti as a form of artistic expression in the recent years. While it is still mostly illegal, people are rather fascinated by meaningful murals and eye-catching street arts. However, not all graffiti art conveys a positive message. Sadly, some people are misusing street art to express hateful messages, racial slurs, and insulting symbols that are meant to malign certain social groups.
Manchester, just like any major cities, has its fair share of graffiti, both the good and the bad. But recently, citizens have been noticing more and more racist graffitis posted around the city. The derogatory graffitis contain provocative messages about immigration and race. However, an unknown hero had enough and decided to simply cover-up these racist graffitis with cat stickers. Along with an adorable image of a cat, the message on the sticker reads ‘There was some racist rubbish here but I covered it up with this picture of a cat.’
Someone in Manchester uses funny cat stickers to save the city from hateful, racist graffiti
Apparently, passers-by would rather see a photo of a lovely cat over a hateful graffiti. Although technically, putting stickers on public spaces is still an act of vandalism, this is definitely something that the citizens could get behind. Hilariously, the cat stickers aren’t shy to point out what they are intended for. Even people outside Manchester applaud the idea of using cover-up stickers, especially with a photo of kitty involved.
It turned out that the cat stickers were made by Cracks Appearing Distro, an Australian anti-fascist group that offers a wide range of cover-up stickers. Each sticker is printed on white gloss paper measuring 7 inches by 3.5 inches. These stickers are intended to cover up racist propaganda and other hateful scribbles on public surfaces. If your city is also laden with hateful graffitis, these cover-up stickers are a great way to erase all the negativity.
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How To Fix a Bad Paint Job?
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Two Windsor men spent Thanksgiving Sunday covering up anti-Islamic graffiti spray painted across the city.
‘I am covering up hatred in our society, in our community,” said Jon Liedtke, while standing beneath an underpass on Huron Church Road, brushing white paint over the words ‘Islam means surrender.’
“I have painted over six of these.”
Liedtke saw people posting pictures on social media of anti-Islamic messages that had popped up overnight. He decided to take matters into his own hands.
“This type of hatred can’t exist in our community. When we see it we need to stamp it out and if that means grabbing a can of paint and painting over public infrastructure so be it, give me a ticket,” he said.
He wasn’t the only one horrified by the messages scrawled in black marker or red spray paint on underpasses, signs, bus shelters and garbage cans.
Ahmed Khalifa has been documenting anti-Islamic messages in Windsor for the past few months. So far, he has collected about 20 pictures of what he believes are statements of ignorance and bigotry.
“It is really concerning to me, being a Muslim in the community … My whole family is Muslim we have been living here, born and raised here,” said Khalifa. “To realize there is this type of hatred in this community is really scary.”
Some of the pictures of graffiti he has collected read ‘death to all Muslims’ and ‘Islam = Isis.’
“First step is to stand as a community united and make sure we stand against bigotry, misinformation, misrepresentation,” he said. “I would encourage everybody first to do their research to see what Islam is actually about.”
Senior reporter, law & politics, DC.
Italy’s rich history has something for everyone. The country that brought the world fine artists like Michelangelo and Sandro Botticelli, and gastronomical treasures like mozzarella cheese and tortellini, is also where Benito Mussolini’s fascism was born in the early 20th century, an ultranationalism exported across Europe.
Neo-fascists still thrive in Italy today, with a strong resurgence recently especially, and they use symbols of the past, like the Nazi Party swastika, to promote hate. In Verona, where foodie and street artist Pier Paolo Spinazzè lives, hate propaganda has been on the rise. Spinazzè fights it with love, combining his longtime passions for food and art.
His subversive street art transforms divisive messages into culturally appropriate art almost everyone can get behind. Known as “Cibo,” which means food in Italian, he systematically covers swastikas and hate speech in Verona with paintings of, well, food.
As he told Vice in a recent report on his project, Italy’s food culture is a source of pride for him, while its divisive, racist, and hateful tendencies are a source of shame. ”It’s more than what we like to eat,” he says of the local cuisine. “It represents who we are.”
The artist’s work is subversive partly because he, like the neo-fascists, repeats symbols. He often covers a swastika with a painting of pumpkin tortellini, for example. People who see the work have come to know that Cibo’s image is replacing a hate symbol. “In this way, I create an icon and a repetition,” he tells Vice. And his work has become so well-known that followers on social media inform him whenever new neo-fascist rhetoric appears on the streets so he can get out there and turn it into visual treats.
Spinazzè not only enjoys drawing food, he also works in the restaurant industry and cooks himself. Before he used his love of all things culinary to subvert hate, he was painting giant groceries, basically, on empty walls throughout northern Italy. In 2008, after a friend was killed by extreme nationalists, the artist started using his paintings to remove traces of fascist propaganda from the streets.
For Spinazzè, even the most quintessentially Italian dishes symbolize cross-cultural unity. A caprese salad of mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil is an international project and a “message that cuisine is open to the world,” he says. “The basil comes from India, the oil from Syria, the mozzarella is Italian, and tomatoes originate in Colombia.” The street artist used this salad image (top) to cover up hate graffiti from a far-right group.
Cibo’s street art is admired for its style and the substantive underpinnings. On his Facebook page, a fan recently wrote, “You are a hero.”
Still, Spinazzè receives threats from those who don’t appreciate his subversion, he says, and he doesn’t want to be the only one fighting hate with art. He urges others to join him in his mission to save Italian cities from dangerous propaganda and politics. “Unfortunately, fascism was a dark moment in our history,” he tells Vice. “The ideology, the hate, the separation that fascism promulgated is now being promoted by some of today’s parties. I’ve taken a stand because of this.”
Updated Apr 22, 2022 | Posted Aug 28, 2019 | Professional insight | 10 comments
The best paint to cover and block a stain
There are several different stain blocking products on the market which are all good in a different ways, or for blocking and covering up different types of stain. I’ll take you through the main paints in this article, which will help you make the right choice. You can research each product on the Decorators Forum UK.
Generic Waterbased stain blocks
Each of the main paint manufacturers have their own water-based version of stain block. These are quite simply labeled “stain block” and are by far the easiest option, however, may not be as effective on harder stains. This doesn’t mean they don’t have their uses; a ceiling which is affected by nicotine from cigarette smoke for example. Just don’t expect miracles, any heavy stains need to be dealt with by something a bit more robust.
Stain block and Finish Coat in One
As paint technology is advancing, we now have all these new “all-in-one” products that are really quite impressive. Johnstone’s StainAway is a white, durable matt emulsion which blocks out stains quite affectively and leaves a nice finish, eliminating the need for more than one product. This product works well on pretty much any type of stain, except maybe water marks. It is important to leave the first coat for at least 4 hours before applying your second.
Another fine example of this is Zinsser Perma White. Again, it will block out mild stains, doubles up as an emulsion and has mold inhibitors, meaning it will combat mould and mildew growth in the future. It is the perfect product for a bathroom or kitchen.
The other advantage is Zinsser Perma White is durable enough to use on ceilings, walls and woodwork and it can also be tinted. Note, this product will not block a stain as effectively as some of the products listed below, but if you want longevity in a room susceptible to mold growth then this is the product for you.
Oil-Based Stain Blocks
Now we are talking!! These products are the most effective at blocking and covering stains such as grease, water marks, heavy nicotine and graffiti. Just make sure if you are applying it inside over a large area, you keep your work area nice and ventilated. Otherwise the fumes are a bit much. Look out for Zinsser CoverStain, or any oil-based undercoat. I personally feel these work very well. You can buy coverstain from loads of trade outlets but unless you have a trade account it may be better to purchase it online.
Shellac Based Stain Block
Shellac is a material made by beetles and used in both nail varnish and paint The beauty of using shellac-based primers to block a stain is the effectiveness and speed of which the product dries. There is probably no paint more capable than shellac to block any stain.
The best product of this type I have used is HB42 Primer Sealer, which is available online. You’ll find the opacity and ease of use better than most other shellac-based products. It will hold any type of stain back, and you can paint over it after around 40 minutes. Unlike other shellac, or oil-based primers, there is very little smell from it.
You will have problems washing your tools out afterwards, so I suggest using cheap painting equipment, then throwing it away after use. This product is for interior use only.
It’s always important for a school to have an arts program. However, said arts should be designated on paper or canvas, not on the walls, stalls, or lockers. Graffiti and vandalism are a constant scourge in educational facilities all across the country, and keeping up with it can be a stressful and costly endeavor. The key is to find a graffiti resistant material to combat vandalism and graffiti in a way that’s cost efficient and beneficial to your school facility.
The Problem with Graffiti in Schools
While public art can have numerous benefits, such as a showcase of talent, or even a conversation starter, its best reserved outdoors and permitted by building owners and managers. In schools, graffiti can not only be destructive to property, but also to a member of the school like a student or teacher. As a facility manager, it’s your responsibility to take care of the mess, and it’s your job to prevent it
The most common way to cover up the graffiti is by painting over it. But while this seems like a simple fix, there are a few factors that may make you want to rethink your graffiti-removal strategy. The paint may not match the surface that the graffiti is on, so this little cosmetic imperfection can reduce the aesthetic value of your facility. Another byproduct of covering up the graffiti with paint is the VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions that’ll reduce your air quality and possibly lead to health issues with the students or faculty.
A Cost-Effective & Sustainable Way of Battling Graffiti
One of the best ways to combating vandalism and graffiti is by utilizing durable materials that can actually resist the paint or marker that’s being used. HDPE (high-density polyethylene) is a solid plastic that can stand up to graffiti. Due to its homogenous coloring, it doesn’t absorb the paint, and any graffiti can simply be wiped away without having to paint over it.
HDPE can be utilized as both lockers and bathroom partitions, the most common locations for unwanted graffiti to pop up. Bathroom partitions are far more commonplace for graffiti due to its concealment. But using HDPE materials in these locations has numerous benefits, the obvious being its impressive stance against graffiti.
Due to the solid construction, HDPE won’t endure any damage to its exterior. It’s impact resistant, and it won’t crack due to excessive hits. The material won’t even become infested with mold and mildew because it can stand up to the humidity and moisture that’s common in restrooms.
Making the Jump to HDPE
While replacing your traditional lockers and bathroom partitions can seem like a massive undertaking, so can keeping up with the removal of repetitive graffiti. HDPE lockers and partitions require very little maintenance, saving you a lot of time and money. And when graffiti does appear, simply wipe it away.
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Here are 33 Interesting Graffiti facts.
1-5 Graffiti Facts
1. After uncovering the ruins of Pompeii, researchers discovered ancient graffiti including phrases such as: “Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!” – Source
2. A German graffiti artist painted a 250 square meter bridge to make it look like it was made out of Lego. – Source
3. Some Viking runes are simply graffiti, translated as “Ingigerth is the most beautiful of all women” or “Tholfir Kolbeinsson carved these runes high up.” – Source
4. The Romans left graffiti carved in the pyramids like, “I didn’t like anything but the sarcophagus,” and, “I can’t read the hieroglyphs.” – Source
5. In 1992, a youth group descended into a French cave with steel brushes to remove graffiti and ended up partially removing 15,000-year-old bison cave paintings. – Source
6-10 Graffiti Facts
6. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin contains an anti-graffiti chemical which turned out to be manufactured by the same company that made the Zyklon B gas used in concentration camp gas chambers during WWII. – Source
7. In WWII an American popular culture trend resulted in people graffitiing “Kilroy was here” across Europe, which convinced Hitler that Kilroy was a spy and Stalin even investigated trying to find out who Kilroy was. – Source
8. The water-repellent properties of NeverWet spray can be used to create invisible ink street graffiti that only shows up in the rain. – Source
9. The oldest known depiction of Jesus is graffiti of a man venerating a crucified man with the head of a donkey, accompanied by the caption “Alexamenos worships his god”. – Source
10. Banksy’s New Orleans work is under attack by an anti-graffiti vigilante known only as ‘The Gray Ghost’. – Source
11-15 Graffiti Facts
11. Early Renaissance artists were electrified when a young Roman fell through a cleft in a hill and rediscovered Nero’s Golden House. Subsequent tourists to the spot include Michelangelo, Raphael, Casanova, and the Marquis de Sade, all of whom left graffiti in the ruins. – Source
12. When in North Korea in 2011, graffiti saying “Park Chung Hee and Kim Jong Il are both dictators, Park Chung Hee a dictator who developed his country’s economy, Kim Jong Il a dictator who starved people to death” was found at a Pyongyang college, the entire city went into a 3 day lockdown. – Source
13. A graffiti artist bought an abandoned warehouse in Iowa and recreated, in half-size, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. – Source
14. It was a tradition to cover an aircraft with graffiti when it landed on the wrong carrier before sending it back to the right one. – Source
15. In 2005, Facebook hired graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals in their new office space. Choe accepted Facebook shares instead of a small cash payment of several thousand dollars, and when Facebook went public in 2012, his payment for the murals ballooned into a 200 million dollar payoff. – Source
16-20 Graffiti Facts
16. The word graffiti is actually the plural of graffito. – Source
17. To promote his newest single, Paul McCartney painted “Hey Jude” on the window of a closed boutique store. A Jewish passerby mistook this as anti-Semitic graffiti (“Jude” meaning “Jew” in German) and smashed the window. – Source
18. The largest graffiti tag in the world consists of a single line of paint dripped over 8 miles in Manhattan to spell out the artist’s name (Momo). – Source
19. The Reichstag, the seat of Germany’s government, has Russian graffiti leftover from WWII, including one that says “I f*ck Hitler in the Ass.” – Source
20. Thierry Noir was a college dropout who, in 1984 using graffiti, pioneered the trend of painting the Berlin Wall as a form of protest. Climbing through small holes and avoiding gunfire, Noir was able to paint 5 km of both the West and the East sides of the Wall. –Source
21-25 Graffiti Facts
21. There are ancient Viking graffiti on The Hagia Sophia’s Marble Parapets. They may have been engraved by members of the Varangian Guard in Constantinople in the Viking Age. – Source
22. There is a type of graffiti that involves knitting. – Source
23. The Valley of the Kings in Egypt was a popular tourist destination in ancient times. There are over 2100 instances of graffiti done by ancient tourist from as far back as 278 B. C. in languages such as Greek, Latin, Phoenician, Cypriot, Lycian, and Coptic. – Source
24. A study in the Netherlands once showed that the presence of graffiti doubles the number of people littering and stealing in a neighborhood. – Source
25. The White Rose was a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany that propagated anonymous graffiti and whose key members were beheaded after being caught. – Source