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How NOT to Sign Your Graffiti

Here's a tip for all you graffiti "artists": when tagging public buildings, do not - I repeat - do not sign it with your online identity!

Here's a story of one Melanie Brockway, who used her MySpace profile in her graffiti:

The 23-year old single mother was tracked down by police through stickers mentioning her online identity – Devient Art – which she left by the side of her pieces.

Melanie Brockway’s page on the social networking website details her age, location and what school she attended, allowing officers to piece together her identity. [...]

Since her arrest the unemployed mother-of-two's MySpace page has been accessed, and now bears the banner heading: "Devient Art does not promote illegal graffiti in anyway. It is illegal you will get arrested, and its wrong... i again do do not promote illegal graffiti in anyway."

Her mood has also been set to “p----- off”.


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People say that cops are "wasting their time" dealing with crimes not as serious as violent crime, but in fact, they have to deal with everything from petty crime to more serious crime. And when you consider vandalism, the majority of graffiti you do see is put there by people who do commit serious crimes and have gang ties.

Either way, you can't expect the police to ignore one crime for the sake of another. A good police force deals with it all.
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I agree with you evil. In some ways. She put more stickers out then spray paint, either way its totally wrong & stupid. Regardless of the cost she will be cleaning any and all of her mistakes.

Despite the vandilism she brought color to our town which is full of drug dealers crack heads thieves and prostitutes.

I think the police should focus on that more and put the graffiti of any one second.

Catch the criminals that could harm out people and the safeness of our once nice town.

Although I see this town going down hill with immagrants and drugs. Graffiti only came with everything else this town has become.
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I agree with you evil. In some ways. She put more stickers out then spray paint, either way its totally wrong & stupid. Regardless of the cost she will be cleaning any and all of her mistakes.
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I've never done graffiti, but that seems harsh. Wow.. and don't police have better things to do? Well then again, I'm not a big fan of most graffiti looks AWFUL and cheap on buildings, but the painting style stuff, like mosaics is art.
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@a friend of mel

As I said, she might be the nicest person on earth. I don't know that, and quite frankly, that isn't the issue.

Your post tells me that you understand where I am coming from with my opinion on the matter. But seriously, what thought process leads a presumably intelligent adult with children to do something like this? It's not just the vandalism, which is stupid enough. Few people want to see their towns vandalized, no matter how pretty, especially when cleaning it up is costly. Even pretty artwork sprayed on a public space makes that place look trashy and even dirty most of the time. Never mind that it isn't her property to decorate.

It's the fact that she put her name to it all knowing that it would eventually lead police to her. She wasn't thinking of her kids when she was being vain and cocky about actually directing the authorities to her web site, and eventually, her doorstep. If she was thinking at all, she was thinking only of herself, and even that thinking was seriously, laughably flawed.

That's like robbing a bank and taking off the mask to blow a kiss at the CCTV camera. Who does that?

You can't defend that. And you know what? It's pretty darned hilarious that anyone could be that clueless. Cruel as it may seem that the internet is laughing at your friend, c'mon, this kind of thing usually only happens on bad sit coms.

That said, I do feel sorry for the kids involved because they don't deserve to be victims of their mother's complete lack of sensible judgement.
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