Think All Graffiti Taggers Are Poor and Underprivileged Youths? Think Again!

Think that those urban graffiti are all left by poor, underprivipeged taggers or teenagers led astray by gangs? Think again: the Los Angeles County sheriff just arrested tagging crews who are surprisingly rich:

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies today arrested at least eight alleged members of the notorious Metro Transit Assassins tagging crew, some of whom are believed to be responsible for a several-blocks-long “MTA” tag in the concrete Los Angeles River bed that authorities say will cost millions of dollars to remove.

The arrests occurred during a series of early-morning raids centered in the Hollywood area. Among those detained for a parole violations is a famous tagger whose work “SMEAR” has has won acclaim in the art community. [...]

Most those detained are in their 20s; one of them drives a $60,000 BMW, and another member possesses a diamond-and-ruby-encrusted Metro logo pendant with paperwork suggesting it's worth $29,000, Finkelstein said.

Link - Thanks Tiffany!

Photo: Al Seib/LA Times


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in reality, the only ones who appreciate the supposed art of tagging are those who does them. There are only few legitimate graffiti artists out there but there are no intelligent human beings out there could consider a neon-color yellow tag that says "T-bone rulez!" an art.
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I am sure most people will reverse sides, if the graffiti artists draw glorifying images of Jesus or a race car, a big fish or something, instead of crazy loopy text, threatening images, happy images that aren't related to any famous brand, or arts that most people don't have time to understand.
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