Who You Gonna Call?

Graffiti is vandalism, it scars the community, hurts property values and diminishes our quality of life. Ouch. Not my words, rather, this is a direct quote from our city’s Graffiti Blasters web page. Last week our yellow-brick building was tagged. I’m like the old grouchy lady who mutters under her breath. You know the kind. And the only thing you can make of it is, “those crazy kids.”

I can’t help but get the Ghostbusters theme song stuck in my head when I hear the phrase Graffiti Blasters. I can’t even say it out loud; it seems so silly. It’s just too bad our problem is minor compared to the big marshmallow man. I loved that guy. (Anyone?). On a side note, whoever can read it, wins.

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  • Leslie8.4.10 - 8:44 AM

    To me, after tracing, it looks like it says transhans or traushaus. I don’t know what either of these “words” could mean, but usually the tags are used to mark territory for groups or just to be obnoxious.ReplyCancel

    • Kim8.4.10 - 9:43 AM

      Leslie, I think you’re on the right track with traushaus! Oh, those catchy kids…ReplyCancel

  • Tina B8.4.10 - 9:58 AM

    I’ll show it to my boyfriend and ask him what it says–he has dabbled in graffiti before. Yes, those who do it to mark their territory or deface homes, I don’t agree with. I do, however, agree with graffiti in some places. It can be a beautiful piece of work. My parents home is right next to a railroad track, and I loved watching the trains roll through to see all the graffiti that was tagged on them. The coolest thing I ever saw was when my guy and I were visiting my parents and a train came through. We were looking at the markings and he recognized a piece of graffiti from an artist that he loved. I of course can’t remember the name now, but it was just very cool to see that.ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House8.4.10 - 10:02 AM

    I would be muttering something incomprehensible about the people who did that, too. Except my adjective of choice might not have been “crazy”… And I agree with you on the Graffiti Blasters name being silly.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle8.4.10 - 10:31 AM

    There is a ton of graffiti near my work. Most of it is on the newly painted freeway over passes and abandon buildings. Some of it is very cool, while others makes me mad! That sucks that this was done to your building. At least they could of added the Red Wings symbol!ReplyCancel

    • Kim8.4.10 - 11:23 AM

      Oh, Danielle, you are sneaky, eh? Very funny, made my morning!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda8.4.10 - 12:00 PM

    Tell us tell us! An example of some very cool graffiti is Banksy. Still illegal, but oh so cool. Google him. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim8.4.10 - 12:10 PM

    Amanda, I only wish Banksy was the one who “defaced” our building! And to clarify, I have no idea what the graffiti actually says – but I’m hoping you sleuthing masterminds can clear it up!ReplyCancel

  • Tina B8.5.10 - 12:03 AM

    According to my boyfriend: “The verdict is: MANSMANS. Typically, the first and last letters are written correctly, the middle letters are written backwards, and tags can be repeated, sometimes quite often in a row. It depends on that person’s style.”

    If nothing else, consider this a little extra useless knowledge. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Stevens8.5.10 - 9:44 AM

    There’s a difference between graffiti art and tags. Tags are just “Kilroy was here.” Even so, I always wonder what even graffiti artists would say if one chose to spray paint their clothing or other possessions, for example, without their permission.

    I’m ok with “Graffiti Blasters;” it’s what they do: soda blast graffiti. It could be worse: “Division of Image Disappearance.”ReplyCancel

    • Kim8.5.10 - 10:33 AM

      Tina, we always love to learn something new. We’ve never heard this before!

      Lynn, you have a great point.ReplyCancel


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