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Genome's Guide To Getting Away With It


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Genome, you're providing an excellent service for everyone by maintaining this thread. It's got oodles of valuable info for the toy, I meannnnn, NEW kids, around here. It’s also really useful for other facets of life, not just getting busted for vandalism. Thanks a lot for taking the time to write it up, it’s probably under appreciated by most of the fuckers around here, but it’s appreciated by me at least.

As far as getting away from the police:

Watching Cops you really feel like you can out-sprint any of them easy, often the chase ends with the fat ass officer gasping for air. Maybe you can outrun that guy, or even his partner, but what about the other few squad cars they have parked around the corner just waiting for your ignorant self to run into their trap? Cops arrest people - that's their job. They even have to make a certain amount of arrests a month, depending on which unit they work for. They're pretty good at talking you into admitting guilt enough to put cuffs on you, but they're usually VERY good at actually physically catching you if you try to run. "A friend of mine," was being questioned by the police - "he," managed to talk his way out of it - and when "he," started walking home (in the most paranoid roundabout way possible) there were 2 squad cars parked around the corner! Assuming it was the same in the other direction, that's a total of 5 squad cars, and potentially 10 officers. 10 officers for one dude! Now i'm not saying that's the norm, or even that it's impossible for you to get away. All i'm saying is that it's the police's job to make that as tough as they possibly can for you to escape, and they can make it really, really tough.

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First of all I gotta say hats off to this thread and all the great information provided. Genome, thank's for giving your time to type that up and school all us youngsters. I was just wondering if you can elaborate more on the "typical vandalism charges" part. What constitutes typical? Does it depend on what exactly you're doing (quick tag, throwup, piece)? What is the whole "class A,B,C" thing? Who decides how much damage you actually did?

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Crystal.method: I'm sorry that I wasn't on to respond to your questions, I had to head out to the Czech Republic to visit family for a few days, and missed all the action. I'd like to thank everybody in this thread that helped out Crystal, too. I'm glad things turned out well for you. Keep that head of yours above water, buddy, and keep the faith.


And everybody asking about silencing their cans, again, please, wrong thread. Use the search function in the Forum Index to find that thread for more information.


Also, as people have commented here already, DO NOT put your personal information up in this thread or any other thread on 12oz. By all means, ask questions galore, even regarding your personal case or previous experiences, but never mention any of the following, listed here in no particular order:


1.) Your name or address, or the city you get up in.

2.) Any aliases that are different from your login and posted work here on the forum.

3.) The name of your lawyer, judge, or arresting officer.

4.) Any other information that I didn't mention here that could identify you, your case, or anybody else in the forums.

5.) The name of your crew, or anybody else, ever. Even if they fingered you.


Remember, The Mechanical Ghost of Graffiti Past from the Future will visit great destruction upon any who narc out their fellow writers. This goes double for the toys. Despite what the man tells you, smoking does make you cool, and fingering your friends does not.


-Genome out.


P.S. Okay, I lied. Smoking doesn't make you cool, at least not when you turn into an old fart like me and have trouble getting up a single flight of stairs. Is it any wonder I advocate not running from the cops? ;)

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In a horrific twist of irony, your buddy Genome was just arrested by the Polizei, after nearly a decade of owning a clean criminal record. As in, non-American, non-escapable German police officers. They were nice enough to get me a cup of water (but no lawyer,) take my keys, go into my house, take all my supplies (art and graffiti) and translate the really hard words back into English. Now, looking at the possibility of thousands of Euros worth of fines, and being shipped home across the Atlantic, I realize the truth of what my fiancee told me while the cops ripped our bookshelf apart - I'm a fucking moron.


Sorry guys. Looks like I'm looking at the end of my job, my time in Europe, my economic stability, all because unlike in America, these guys got to do whatever they wanted with me, as long as I was told in English to sign a piece of paper, one way or the other. That is, of course, if the fiancee doesn't kill me, first.


So, essentially, what I'm saying is, my computer has been confiscated, along with my livelihood, and I'm borrowing a buddy's lappy to write this current post. I'm going to have to abandon 12oz, and obviously this thread, for a little while. Take care of each other, and if somebody would be so kind as to keep bumping this thread up, adding new advice and commentary, I'd owe them one. The irony of creating a new I.D. to beat the heat, and then immediately be arrested, does not in any way escape me.


Wish me luck,



P.S. If anybody knows of the right ways to "rub" the German legal system, let me know here in the thread. Much love, guys.

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Hey guys - I'm back in for a minute to check in while I have the chance here.


I got busted with only a couple cans of paint, and a couple of caps - I was just doing a bump and run through the city on my way back from the bar. By sheer coincidence I did have my blackbook on me, because a buddy who was scanning some stuff from it gave it back to me at the bar. I got nailed because some lady out window shopping at 3am called me in and gave a description and the direction I was heading.


The supreme irony of this is that I don't paint illegally anymore. I had the paint to touch up a legal mural I had done. I haven't, as I said earlier, actually broken the law in any way for a few years. I was just drunk, though - stinking drunk - and for some reason I thought that an old fart like me who was too drunk not to cover his hands in paint, and too slow to stay clear, should go out and get up in one of the most over-policed towns in Germany.


My favorite part was when one of the cops asked me how many pieces I had illegally painted in the town since I got here. Knowing I was already completely busted, I cooperated and told him "Only five." He naturally didn't believe me, yelled at me for thinking he was stupid, etc, etc.


So my plan is, since I'm supposed to be here until May, assuming they don't cart my ass home, to write an apology letter, point out that I was drunk and stupid, that I have a clean arrest record in the states, etc etc. Then I'll offer to do Graffiti scrub for community service, or somesuch, and beg the mercy of the court.


Anyhow, guys. That's the situation over here in Europe, and before anybody asks, no, I'm not going to jet to avoid charges. I'm too old for that shit now.


Anyways, keep the thread going, get your legal advice up here for each other, have fun, stay safe, and keep you heads above water.


Much love,



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