The hearts of the matter: Brandon Hughes’ art puts him in court
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Original Article Appears Here
Brandon R. Hughes wanted to give Wenatchee a gift of sorts, and he wanted to go unnamed.
Instead, the soft-spoken, off-the-grid 28-year-old got arrested for his trouble, and became the most visible creator of a graffiti style that’s coming to the fore in NCW.
In September 2008, Hughes’ 12 stencil-painted hearts, pink and sometimes accessorized with a scribbled motto “CHOOSE LOVE,” beckoned from lightpoles, signal boxes and mailboxes around downtown. When a bystander spotted Hughes spray-painting a pink heart on a pole near midnight on Sept. 18, police were called, and suddenly Hughes had some explaining to do.