So, these guys accomplish the impossible. They do a complete top-to-bottom set of 10…count ‘em 10, whole train cars painted with the theme “Monopoly” recently in New York. See images below.
So, what’s so newsworthy about this you ask? (Other than the obvious.)
These guys totally sold out!
You would think anyone else would just take the fame with stride and that’s that. Should be enough, right? Well, these guys bring a video camera with them and record the whole thing with purposes of producing a DVD of the process so they could earn a few bucks.
In an interview at The Streets Are Saying Things shortly after the crimes took place, the MUL crew was asked a question and they replied:
We would love to release the DVD afterwards to the public but realized that by giving exclusive rights to an outside party may yield more money selling 1 copy then selling many copies at $20. Think about it, after someone got his or her hands on the video it would end up all over the Internet anyway, killing the value of the DVD. Weâ€™re gambling that this DVD could go for some good money if the media goes after the story.
Well, that said enough about that but I have more up-to-date information to tell you. Really juicy stuff too.
…they stated above that “we’re gambling that this DVD could go for some good money…”, I just hope they didn’t bet the farm because all they made from the auction was $5,201. They did manage to sell 2,860 shirts with an image of their Monopoly themed train cars and MUL NYC printed on them though. (As stated on their website.) Something smells fishy here.
Personally, I think this whole thing is suspect for foul play. Their website is produced to look amateur-ish, but me being a web developer found flaws with their coding…in laymen terms I basically can tell an amateur surely did not make their site. Whoever posted this article at Razor Apple hit it right on the money and without a doubt I think this whole thing is a stunt!
Bottom line, the NYC Vandal Squad gets a half-kudos from us for faking the biggest subway hit since 1986. But then they also should learn some things from this:
1. If the site is to look amateur-ish, make it amateur-ish! No SEO techniques whatsoever! Gah, newbies.
2. An illegal graffiti writers crew is NOT going to use a real domain along with a local host to control their site. They will use a free host somewhere and maybe steal the domain name somehow and point it to the free hosted site. No ifs ands or buts about that one.
3. No true illegal graffiti writer is going to be stupid enough to further incriminate themselves by selling shirts and dvds of their crimes. That’s just stupid.
4. The Internet is NOT an all-knowing entity. Yes, you can find abundant information about almost everything on the net, but you are better off investigating street crimes where they took place, on the streets.