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September 4, 2001
One thing about graffiti taggers: they leave behind lots of destruction, but very few actual words, so it's tempting to ask, when you see their work: "What were they THINKING?" That's why we're publishing these excerpts from Web sites devoted to the defense of graffiti. - The Editors FROM: "Hows and Why of the War on Graffiti. Things every graff artist should know!!" By Zener, Praez and Chris Caruso of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union: www.geocities.com/SoHo/Museum/ 1519/ war_on_graff.
NEWS
October 12, 2007
LET'S EXAMINE the graffiti thing (editorial, Oct. 10). Graffiti is NOT nasty when done the right way. I've seen graffiti that would make famous artists look twice in amazement. Tagging on any property is ugly - but graf artists are extremely talented and some might not have a chance to show any respectable, established artist or business what they can do. Who's to say that businesses can't benefit from graffiti intended to advertise the business? These cats that are "bombers" are some talented homemade artists who have some of the same knowledge and expertise that established artists have, without all the studies.
NEWS
April 24, 1997 | by Myung Oak Kim, Daily News Staff Writer
If you have the volunteering bug but don't have a project, you have two days to sign up for this one: Zero Tolerance Day II, the kickoff event for the School District's anti-graffiti program. Saturday morning, hundreds of students, faculty and volunteers will paint over graffiti, clean up yards, plant shrubs and do other beautifying projects in more than 22 schools. More schools will do projects on other weekends throughout May. This is the second year for the program, co-sponsored by the Daily News.
NEWS
January 15, 1987
In a Dec. 28 article on graffiti, the question of whether graffiti is art or vandalism was raised. An officer, who exists outside our "subculture" responded, "the whole point is rep" and that graffiti is ugly and could not be considered artistic. Well, unfortunately, this investigative officer has wasted both your time and his. Writing one's name on walls incorporates a specific style. Writers who deviate from this implicit style of writing are considered outcasts; they are not tolerated.
NEWS
March 2, 1997 | By Jan Hefler, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Parents and guardians will be held responsible when their children destroy or damage property under a new ordinance approved by the City Council to help erase the local graffiti problem. Under the ordinance, which was passed Tuesday parents or guardians of youths younger than 18 would face up to 90 days in jail or $2,000 in fines for each violation. A municipal judge also could order the parents or guardians to clean, paint or restore damaged property. The youths would face a hearing in the juvenile domestic relations court.
NEWS
November 22, 1996 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
They're the graffiti-busters, cops whose beat is nabbing the spray-paint vandals and wall scrawlers in West Philadelphia. But Wednesday was anything but routine for the four undercover cops. They tracked down and arrested a murder suspect. And it was a suspect in not just any homicide case. It was the high-profile, purse-snatching-turned-fatal-stabbing of Vladimir Sled, a University of Pennsylvania biophysicist who was slain on Halloween night while walking home from campus with his fiancee.
NEWS
April 12, 1987 | By Richard V. Sabatini and Bill Price, Inquirer Staff Writers
Some fortune tellers read tea leaves. Nick Tamaro and Bill Bain read walls. But unlike some readers who may predict good fortune, the news that Tamaro and Bain deliver is always bad. Tamaro and Bain, both from the Northeast, are members of the Police Department's Preventive Patrol Unit and are trained to read graffiti. They are participating in a major crackdown against high-profile wall-writers in the city. In a little over a year, the unit, headed by Capt. Al Lewis, has made nearly 100 arrests for wall-writing in the city.
NEWS
October 31, 1996 | By Matthew Futterman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The graffiti mystery that has confounded officials for months may have come to an end Tuesday when police arrested a local high school student on numerous counts of criminal mischief. Police took Washington Township High School senior Mandel Harris, 19, into custody at the end of the school day Tuesday. Police said they soon uncovered several pieces of evidence linking Harris to more than three dozen cases of graffiti that included the word sour on private and government property throughout the community.
NEWS
April 28, 1997 | by Myung Oak Kim, Daily News Staff Writer
They looked tiny against the backdrop of the tall, expansive masses of stone and brick. Elizabeth Barone was kneeling in the front yard of Bok Technical High School in South Philly planting palm-sized begonias. William Wallace was reaching up with his paint roller to cover new graffiti on the back wall of Sayre Middle School in West Philly. Young Jason McDowell was sweeping away dirt and trash behind Bryant Elementary School in Cobbs Creek. These people were among the small armies of students, school faculty and parents doing what they could to change those long-time magnets for graffiti and trash into pleasant places to learn.
NEWS
October 21, 1986 | By JOE O'DOWD and JOE CLARK, Daily News Staff Writers
Seven alleged "high-profile writers" - alias graffiti artists - were arrested today and charged with causing almost $35,000 in damage to buses and buildings over the past 1 1/2 months. Juvenile Aid Inspector William Bergman said the suspects, including three juveniles, did the most damage to buses parked at SEPTA's major operating headquarters at 200 W. Wyoming Ave. Bergman said the damage to the buses occurred on three separate occasions - Aug. 28, Aug. 30 and Sept. 3 - and totaled $31,500.
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NEWS
April 28, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fairhill Elementary School haunted Pepón Osorio: a boxy, unlovely structure at Sixth and Somerset, all graffiti, trash, and broken promises. The artist and professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art often rode his bicycle past the building, one of two dozen schools the Philadelphia School District closed in 2013. "There was a sense of abandonment around the building, of lifelessness," said Osorio, whose work often touches social-justice themes. "And the idea came to me: What if I reactivate this area?
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Nothing all that unusual seemed likely to unfold at the Philadelphia Orchestra's second consecutive subscription week with principal guest conductor Stéphane Denève: A potentially pop-slanted John Williams film score suite; Graffiti , a choral work by the increasingly popular Magnus Lindberg; and excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet. Yet the orchestra, Philadelphia Singers Chorale, and the audience had plenty to contend with at Thursday's concert, which was one of the more distinctive programs of the season - a confounding, mixed success.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Someone spray-painted the N-word on a sign at the entrance of Lincoln University overnight, according to a message sent to the university community Thursday morning. Public safety officers at the university in Chester County discovered the graffiti on its northwest corner entrance sign at 1:50 a.m., and the word was gone later Thursday morning, officials said. "This incident is a sober reminder that our forebearers persevered in the face of hatred and intimidation, yet achieved and maintained standards for excellence which Lincoln University has become known," acting president Valerie I. Harrison told the university community.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 50 people - including religious leaders, political officials, and community members - gathered in Yardley on Friday afternoon to denounce an anti-Semitic slur apparently spray-painted onto a family's garage door this week. Organized by State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks), the event featured speeches from him and Lower Makefield Township Supervisor Jeff Benedetto as well as two rabbis, a nun, a Presbyterian pastor, a representative from a local Islamic group, and other community members.
TRAVEL
December 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Ma, For The Inquirer
Graffiti crawl up exterior walls like webs of ivy, bending and twisting around rows of shuttered windows. At some street corners, layers of posters pile unevenly over this graffiti like papier mâché, stitching together urban blocks. When I traveled to Greece this year, my original itinerary focused on ancient history sites: the Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Agora. These places all tell valuable Greek stories from centuries past through classical busts, orderly columns, and symmetrical ruins.
NEWS
October 20, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly 50 years ago, on the bunk of the troopship that carried him to the Vietnam War, Pvt. R.T. DiFerdinando scribbled an enigmatic message. He drew a Valentine's heart that bore the name of a woman - the meaning of that obvious enough. Nearby, he wrote his name and an odd phrase, "The Fabulous Furie's. " Was it a commentary on their relationship? A nickname? The title of a favorite book? None of those, it turns out. Today that inked missive is part of the new Independence Seaport Museum exhibit that tells troops' stories through the graffiti they left on canvas racks aboard the USNS General Nelson M. Walker.
NEWS
May 4, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fraternity whose Greek letters were spray-painted onto a dead whale in Atlantic City issued a statement Friday decrying the "reprehensible act. " "While we don't know if any of our members were involved, we have been in contact with the authorities and have offered our assistance in their investigations," reads the statement sent by Jesse Cohen on behalf of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity Inc., the national umbrella organization. "This act is in direct contradiction with our mission statement and our teachings of friendship, chivalry, and service, and we wholeheartedly condemn it," it says.
NEWS
May 3, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY A two-ton minke whale that washed up dead under a pier was given a further hazing: a graffiti tag of Greek letters spray-painted on its side. The letters appeared to be "Tau Epsilon Phi," painted in the lavender that corresponds to the New York-based fraternity, which has chapters at Rowan University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers University. It was followed by what looked like "94. " Fraternity representatives from the Rutgers-Camden and Rowan chapters referred questions to the national organization, which could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A quiet neighborhood in Mount Airy was shaken up Thursday by racist, anti-Semitic, and sexually graphic graffiti on garage doors and a church. In purple paint, the perpetrators drew swastikas and penises, and wrote derogatory terms for African Americans, along with the names of gangs, on three houses on the 600 block of East Durham Street and at Germantown Christian Assembly on Mount Pleasant Avenue. Graffiti was also found on the 400 block of East Durham, although the messages were not as offensive.
NEWS
October 8, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The first time Salina Santiago saw the neglected vacant lot under the Frankford El on Kensington Avenue, she was afraid to venture too far inside. Old black tires hid like coiled snakes in deep weeds. Addicts left calling cards of used syringes, others carelessly dumped bags of garbage. But Santiago saw beyond the razor wire and broken glass. The 18-year-old graduate of Frankford High School saw a sanctuary for robins, sparrows, and house finches. She saw a place where neighbors could sit on benches and watch birds feeding, bathing, or building nests.
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