Just caught this one today.
A company called Graffiti Tracker Inc. provides GPS and Internet technology to assist government officials in researching and analyzing graffiti markings before they are removed.
As a result, vandals can be linked to more than one drawing and ultimately be prosecuted for several vandalism violations at once.
Founder Tim Kephart said Indio police will receive this free system on a trial basis for one year.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Kephart. “The Indio police departments are motivated hard chargers who will act on the intelligence we’re providing. There is actual evidence that these messages can be decoded, but they must be documented before they are painted over.”
Read More: Graffiti fight gets help from technology
And more related news:
Fontana to adopt system as well! Source: Expert to discuss ways to combat graffiti
So, recently I’ve been getting messages from random writers, and/or so-called writers, through MySpace and other places, basically asking me who I am, where’s your work toy, you graff groupy, and other random lame statements…so I guess I should state who I am and where I came from.
I grew up in the ghettos of San Bernardino, California. (Southern California) I was brought up by street writers. I originally got into graffiti through my older brother (over a decade ago) when I was about 14. He was always having his friends over and they were always graffing in their blackbooks and I just got interested. They were in a crew at the time called NRG (No Reason Graffiti) and they also hung out with other writers from MSK, CSE (Can’t Smoke Enough) and NTS. I learned how to do throw-ups before I even learned how to write tags from one of my brothers’ friends from MSK. I learned bubble letters first then got taught some wild styles. We started going out when I was 15 to random spots to practice when I learned the rules of the game. You know, don’t go over anyone unless you have beef or it’s been dissed, don’t write on churches and schools, et cetera.
Eventually my brothers crew NRG quit writing and I kinda lost interest for a year or so. After that I met a few crewless writers at my school at the time and we started going out. We formed a crew called [...content removed...] and started killing ish all over the Inland Empire. At this time I got into burners heavily and was keeping up with the top writers in the hoods. Also, at this time I honed my tag skills to the utmost and was widely known for having the best signature in the hoods.
We started meeting various writers from everywhere but stayed low-key with them as we were very protective of our identities (as I am now and will never tell a soul) and wouldn’t let anyone know what we really wrote. (What do you write? I write [...content removed...], lets leave it at that. But we sometimes made up fake names to tell people so they would think we were toys.) Unlike other writers we had a different idea behind our reasons. We wrote our names alone, without the crew signature, for somewhat obvious reasons (if you actually have a brain you will know). We would of course go on outings where we would get the crew name up alone so it would get known. Anyways, you get the idea behind us at this time so yea.
Well, now, it’s been about 6 years since I’ve been out bombing with my [...content removed...] homies and I find myself fiening to go out and just straight KIL ish so I just find stuff online to tide me over or find legal spots to hit when I can’t take it anymore.
…when SKUF from NYC said “it’s like a virus, an addiction…” he wasn’t kidding. I absolutely love graffin’. I’m definitely addicted to this form of art. It’s my addiction…my form of expression…my life.
Stories like this are becoming more and more common, unfortunately.
Graffiti taggers who caused more than $500,000 in damage were sentenced to 16 months each in prison.
The three men were sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in Antelope Valley Superior Court to felony charges ranging from vandalism to marijuana possession.
Authorities said the trio formed a Palmdale-based graffiti â€œcrewâ€ that spray-painted the California Aqueduct and freight trains, billboards, bus shelters and freeway walls in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys and Kern County.
They committed more than 5,000 acts of graffiti, Los Angeles County sheriffâ€™s Detective Bob Schneider said.
â€œSixteen months in prison, I think, was a gift for the amount of damage theyâ€™ve done,â€ Schneider said.
The men were arrested in March after a two-month investigation.
Prosecutors have asked that the men be required to pay more than $155,000 in restitution. A court hearing on the restitution matter was scheduled for June 13.
Source: 3 sentenced for $500,000 in SoCal graffiti damage
Never really noticed this person around before. But then again I haven’t been out much lately at all. Anyways, I caught this flick in Fontana around one of the best yards in southern California.
If anyone has more info/flicks with this writer let me know.
All I can say is WOW and this guy should have got himself a real lawyer…I’m sure all he had was a lame Public Defender, poor guy.
An Oxnard teen will be the first in California to serve prison time for tagging.
Daniel Juarez pleaded guilty to 40 counts of graffiti vandalism and will serve 16 months in state prison as part of a plea agreement. Both the D-A and Oxnard Police believe that 19-year-old Daniel Juarez will become the first tagger ever in California to go to state prison for graffiti vandalism.
Read More: Tagger to Serve Prison Sentence