A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Graffiti Mini-Rampage Up and Down H St

Atlas grafitti
Photo by @mcombal

Local Twitter user @mcombal has been tweeting DPW (and others) since Sunday morning about a series of graffiti tags left up and down H St. Hopefully, this will all get cleaned up soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice, just saw the Cool Disco Dan movie, we need to bring this back more

Apr 7, 2014, 11:15:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

need enforcement...? are the police watching people tag and not doing anything?

how about you stop tweeting and start cleaning, if you're so concerned.

Apr 7, 2014, 11:19:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

They also struck quite a few of the alleys along 16th and 17th street near Miner Elementary School.

Apr 7, 2014, 12:14:00 PM

Anonymous FiliusOrtus said...

I am actually pretty ok with alleys being a place for creative expression (graffiti, stickers, street art), but tagging someone's storefront is a dick move.

Apr 7, 2014, 12:18:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

apparently...ACAB is some sort of universal anti-police tag...if you Google the tag...it's worldwide...ugh!!!

Apr 7, 2014, 12:18:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"how about you stop tweeting and start cleaning, if you're so concerned."

^ How to spot a troll 101.

Apr 7, 2014, 12:45:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

tagging businesses and houses with this crap is way worse than that sidewalk "graffiti" we discussed a few weeks ago.

Apr 7, 2014, 1:07:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a baseball bat to the knee caps offense. The spray on the Heineken mural at Murry's is infuriating. Spare the rod, spoil the child.

Apr 7, 2014, 1:40:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:18 - Obviously you don't live on an alley. Not ok when it's the side of your house!

Apr 7, 2014, 2:48:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

no one would be complaining if it was Banksy, Cool Disco Dan has work in the Corcoran, how do we condemn graffiti when it appears to be an accepted art form

Apr 7, 2014, 3:22:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMO art and vandalism are two different things.

Apr 7, 2014, 3:37:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the example in the pic is really tasteless graffiti. i am not a big fan of our police, but spraying anti police slogans is bit excessive. even if it did look nice, spraying on private property is way different than spraying on a public sidewalk.

banksy is talented. the people who did this are sloppy. these people who did this aren't artists.

Apr 7, 2014, 4:27:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought we were supposed to be cool with vandalism, right Alan?

Apr 7, 2014, 6:15:00 PM

Blogger inked said...

What Alan wrote about was a small amount of paint on a public street. It has mostly worn away. That is vastly different than painting on a privately owned building where it will not naturally wear away quickly.

Apr 7, 2014, 9:29:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, you featured some graffiti on this website a couple of weeks ago that you thought was cool. This is the exact same situation. It is also a crime. Boom!

Apr 7, 2014, 9:47:00 PM

Blogger Robert Mann-Thompson said...

Hmm, I am sorry the businesses that have to deal with this have this burden. I think street art is cool, but on abandoned buildings but on the front of Joy of Motion is tacky.

Apr 7, 2014, 10:19:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

dumb kids. don't they know that paint will run on glass?

what do the three dots mean? what is ELP?

Apr 8, 2014, 1:09:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

inked -- that is quite a stretch. both are vandalism, both are illegal, and both make the neighborhood look like shit

Apr 8, 2014, 9:17:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inked, you are plain out wrong here.

Apr 8, 2014, 9:40:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like we have another imgoph on our hands -- useless tweeting at public agencies about problems. actions and solutions not so much. agree with apr 7 1119; certainly not a trolling comment either

Apr 8, 2014, 9:58:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this 'artist' is probably a participant in a youth program that spends district funds to teach kids graffiti?

Apr 8, 2014, 10:45:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm with robbie. the guy/gal could have just done it on the next door down and hit a vacant property. guaranteed it would stay up longer too, and its already an eyesore.

Apr 8, 2014, 11:28:00 AM

Blogger Alan Page said...

"Inked -- that is quite a stretch. both are vandalism, both are illegal, and both make the neighborhood look like shit"

If you honestly don't know the difference between stencil printing on sidewalks (which is temporary) and spray-painting the front of a private business (which requires serious effort to remove and is a much more visible eyesore), there is no reasoning with you. You're probably the kind of person who complains when kids write on the sidewalk with chalk.

Or, more likely, you're a troll.

Apr 8, 2014, 1:15:00 PM

Blogger Alan Page said...

"I thought we were supposed to be cool with vandalism, right Alan?"

If you're going to address me by my name, sign your comment with yours.

Apr 8, 2014, 1:17:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alan -- Ah yes, the fallback of calling someone who disagrees with one of the blog author's point a "troll". if you can believe it, there are some people who think that all areas, whether public or private, should be respected and not be defaced in any way by someone who does not own that particular space, however temporary or permanent the defacement (i'll make an exception for sidewalk chalk since you went down the old slippery slope). if you cannot differentiate between that and "trolling", there is no reasoning with you.

Apr 8, 2014, 1:36:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have to agree with Anon 1:36 .. there is no difference between ACAB and a cutesy stencil on the ground. They are both the same thing, you just happen to like one and not the other.

There is nothing less permanent about a stencil on the ground vs. the glass wall. It's spray paint .. one was free hand, the other involved a stencil form.

Apr 8, 2014, 2:34:00 PM

Blogger inked said...

I assure you that something spray painted onto a heavily trafficked sidewalk will wear off faster than something spraypainted onto a wall.

Apr 8, 2014, 3:39:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is indeed a difference visually between the runny red mess on JOM and what was on the sidewalk.

i agree with alan's positions on this thread, but yet again alan is being juvenile.

Apr 8, 2014, 4:18:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry inked you're missing the point. No one should have to worry about timeframe for cleanup in either case. The fact that we do makes it vandalism in both cases. And as someone said, just because you or anyone else finds one or the other visually appealing doesn't make it alright.

Apr 8, 2014, 4:53:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll say it again - there is a difference between art and vandalism

Apr 8, 2014, 5:12:00 PM

Anonymous Annoyingmous said...

Great. Yet another discussion thread on Frozen Tropics in which one trolling anonymous poster creates sockpuppets to talk to himself. What an empty life that person must lead, that *this* is how he/she finds fun.

Apr 8, 2014, 7:11:00 PM

Anonymous not-a-troll said...

Ugh, everyone take off the skinny jeans and step back. As long as we think pithy little bumper sticker euphemisms spray painted on the sidewalks are 'artistic' and this crap is not, we are destined to become the U St corridor with its requsite crime, stabbings, etc. and not Barracks Row (another Main St grant.) No one tags buildings or sidewalks in areas that are nice to live. This is not NYC.

Apr 8, 2014, 9:22:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not-a-troll: concur

Apr 8, 2014, 9:58:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

People we are not here to debate the merits of art or taste.

This post is about the tag on the glass,and is what we all agree should be universally condemned end of story.

If you want to discuss the merits of your child's after school projects create another post.

Apr 8, 2014, 10:45:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alan and Elise, could you please provide us with your addresses. I have some artistic stenciling that I would like come and do on the sidewalks outside of your home. The “art” will contain a witty phrase of my choosing and will be incorporated in permanent spray paint on the public sidewalk just outside of your house.

Yeah….I didn’t think so because no one wants this type of vandalism outside of their home.

Apr 9, 2014, 8:46:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

those are gang emblems. if police aren't gonna stop them, the citizenry must arm themselves. arm up h street.

Apr 9, 2014, 11:22:00 AM

OpenID RobbyCU said...

Reading these comments are silly. Stencil or tagging on a property w/o permission is vandalism. I don't care if some here have a fondness for Urban art. I think when it's on some abandoned buildings that are eyesores it's pretty, but there are fewer of those now. Clearly the Atlas building wasn't one of them. There are a lot of people here who seek to hold on to some gritty city coolness. If that's what gets them off then let's invite folks to stencil and tag their houses. This isn't about art appreciation, sorry Alan, it is about property respect being a decent human being. Buy your own damn building and tag, stencil, paint, and what ever on it. But to mar a building someone else owns is wrong. For a blog that purports to be about helping the area grow, endorsing this type of stuff is dangerous. For example "Cool Disco Dan" wasn't that cool if you had to paint over that stuff. In particular if you were a small business along the Red Line that had to pay good money to do so. We can either be adults and respect each other's property or we can be children and cleave to self-centered ideals of the power of art and defend it's encroaches on the liberty of free people and their property. I'm going to stand with liberty.

Apr 9, 2014, 9:45:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Apr 10, 2014, 12:28:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ACAB will attack again in a city or town near you.

Sep 20, 2014, 1:03:00 AM


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