Grime Writer: detergent-filled graffiti pen

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21 Responses to “Grime Writer: detergent-filled graffiti pen”

  1. Jesseham says:

    Reminds me of this from a while back http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLbiBHnJSqw

    • knoxblox says:

       Yes, immediately where my mind went as well.

      At the very least, this is someone who is promoting a message for the public good, and with strong artistic skill. Much better than some fool etching his name into glass or affixing name tag stickers everywhere you look.

  2. AlexG55 says:

    The companies were presumably prosecuted for breaking planning laws and advertising somewhere where they’re not supposed to. Ordinary graffiti artists tend to be prosecuted for criminal damage, and I’m not sure if a criminal damage charge would stick in this case.

    • ChicagoD says:

      Yes. Regular graffiti leaves a mark when the area it was done in is cleaned. Here removing the graffiti leaves a larger area cleaner. Hard to see how that is defacement or damage. And I say that as a person who hates graffiti.

    • xzzy says:

      They’ll just find some other charge to stick on the poor bastard. Law books are so thick that every single one of us is in violation of something at any given point in time.. the only challenge for the police is picking one.

      • ChicagoD says:

        This sort of comment always makes me sad. In fact, most laws are regulations intended to protect people, rules on how the government must act, and other specialized legislation. However, in fact, almost all municipalities, cities, and states (as well as the Federal government) in the United States make their laws readily available, generally in searchable form, on the internet. It’s really not that hard to see what’s against the law for normal people out doing normal things. Business regulations? Yes, those can be complicated. You walking to the corner store? No.

        • dragonfrog says:

          How do you account for lawyers and cops making that sort of comments?

          I’m not going to search out the relevant video right now, someone has probably linked it in a reply to one of your comments in the past.

          • ChicagoD says:

            What? I don’t know what you’re saying.

            I will say that people can always (a) lie and arrest you, or (b) conduct a Terry stop. That just isn’t the same as what that person said.

          • dragonfrog says:

            I’m saying – how do you react when police and lawyers agree that there are so many laws that you are probably breaking them, if not at every single moment, then certainly often enough that no knowledgeable officer has to wait more than about ten minutes to get you on something.

            The lawyer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik
            The cop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08fZQWjDVKE&feature=relmfu

    • “The companies were presumably prosecuted for breaking planning laws and advertising somewhere where they’re not supposed to.”

      I think that you’re probably right – otherwise all those kids drawing with chalk on the street need to be rounded up immediately.

  3. acerplatanoides says:

    So it’s a sponge attached to an empty  tube, shaped like a marker, which you can purchase instead of making yourself.

    Take that consumerism!

  4. Makes me wonder if you could use a refillable envelope moistener.

  5. Chuck says:

    Or maybe someone could clean an entire wall with those things, and claimed they were influenced by Robert Rauschenberg’s White Paintings.

  6. anansi133 says:

    Now I’m thinking about how to combine this idea with stencils. A quick hit and run spritz in a bunch of dirty places could carry quite a lot of impact.

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