Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Graffiti Artist And An Exasperated City Worker's Hilarious Exchange Over A Year (28 Pics)

We're not condoning vandalism in any way, but you have to admit that graffiti can sometimes be very, very funny. Such was the case with street artist Mobstr, who rode past the building below for years on their morning commute. Mobstr noticed that the city had a rather strange method of removing graffiti from the building: they would paint over it in one area with red paint, but power wash the rest of the exposed brick.

The building, which would apparently get tagged enough to warrant a system of graffiti removal.

This gave Mobstr something to think about, and eventually, an experiment was designed to see what this "Mysterious Frontier of Red," as the project came to be known, was all about. "This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield," Mobster explains. "Below is what transpired over the course of a year."

And thus began the experiment.

Another unrelated tagger also joined in.

True to form, the graffiti was painted over in red.

Time for Trial #2.


And so on.





This time, a third (also unrelated) tagger added to Mobstr's "RED."





Now things get interesting. Does the city dare venture out of the red border?

Not this time.

They're sticking to their M.O.



Maybe the pressure washer was in the shop?

And then...tradition is broken!

How alarming!

The city officials, now probably seething (if not laughing) were caught in action one day. It looks like the pressure washer is back.


Mobstr's insistence, combined with the squiggle on the other side, seem to cause the city to reach something of a breaking point.

"You want red? FINE, you get red!"

We have to say, the red paint job is kind of an improvement over the worn-out brick.

Of course, Mobstr had to get the last word, even if it was a concession.


We assume that the last message from Mobstr was also painted over in red, but the series ends here. It also goes to show how a little cheeky graffiti can actually get a shabby old building its own makeover, although that was probably just an unintended side effect.

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