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Anyoen ever heard the story about Silver Circle out in Portland?

The old man who went over everyones shit?

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Yeepp.. I have an article in sum magazine somewhere..If I dont find it online I'll scan and post..He burned everyone doe..You gotta give him props..

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Old guy's hobby

The Portland police have busted a man for spray-painting graffiti around the city's inner east side. They caught the fellow red-handed in the Buckman neighborhood a while back.

 

Not news, you say? Read on. The suspect, ******, is no ordinary tagger. Not only is he 63 years old, but he's also got an unusual motivation for his vandalism: his own hatred of other people's graffiti.

 

** is allegedly the guy who has been painting thick silver circles on top of other tags that vandals have left on walls around town. It seems he despises the tags, and is defacing the graffiti as a way of fighting back against the taggers. "He has always fought against graffiti," his wife, ***, told The Oregonian. "He even caught a guy once."

 

I feel for the "Silver Circle." He's sick and he did a bad thing, but I second his emotion.

 

I loathe graffiti, too, and as long-time readers of this blog know, I kill an hour or two a month removing it and covering it up on street signs, dumpsters, mailboxes, and other exposed surfaces in my neighborhood. Over the years, I've grown less bitter toward the individuals who come out at night like cockroaches and write on other people's property. But it gives me great satisfaction to take down their handiwork almost as fast as they put it up. My goal (largely achieved most of the time) is to leave the surface looking the way it did before the graffitists struck.

 

Of course, the "silver donuts" that Engman has allegedly been drawing aren't as benign as my cleanup actions. The circles do blot out the taggers' message, which is a help of sorts, but they multiply the ugliness and visual blight. Plus apparently he uses a nasty paint that's harder to remove than some of the tags -- I can relate to frustration with that.

 

It will be interesting to see what a judge decides is a fit punishment for this guy, if he pleads or is found guilty. Probably graffiti cleanup duty, which for a tag-hater like ** shouldn't be that bad at all. Heck, I'd even volunteer to go out with him for a couple of hours as he works off his debt to society.

 

Meanwhile, if the city really wants to bust some taggers, maybe they ought to send somebody under cover to this.

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Bump,yea i read about him in a Magazine,dont know if i should name drop but i would of been so pisssed if he went over my shit.He apparently attacked 2 writers one time with a shovel

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