Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Inartful Expression a Confessed Graffiti Vandal Needs Time to Rethink

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Inartful Expression a Confessed Graffiti Vandal Needs Time to Rethink

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For years Pittsburgh has suffered the usual public pockmarks at the hands of graffiti vandals.

There was the racist message in December, "Go back to Mexico," scrawled on the side of a grocery and taqueria in Brookline.

There was the defacing last fall of the Birmingham Bridge by a spray painter who taunted PennDOT and law enforcement officials with more than 2,000 posts of the vandal's other work on Instagram.

There were the 200 grave stones in Armstrong County that were sprayed with unintelligible scribbles and lines, X's, infinity signs, numbers and the words "help" and "down" - all in red paint.

There was the person who defaced a 100-year-old ad for Mother's Bread, "100% Pure," on the side of an old house in Polish Hill.

None of this vandalism was art - it was atrocity. …

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