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NYPD Intel Op Targets Dot-Matrix Graffiti Bike

For WIRED: Ryan Singel 04.10.07

Joshua Kinberg's internet-connected, sidewalk-printing graffiti bike
got him a lot of attention ahead of the 2004 Republican National
Convention; he was Boing Boinged, Slashdotted and featured on CNN and
in Popular Science.

Though he didn't know it at the time, his gadget also landed him a spot
in secret files being compiled by the New York Police Department's
intelligence arm against protest groups across the country.

'El Barto' graffiti vandal sentenced

San Francisco Chronicle Staff Report

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Santa Rosa graffiti vandal was sentenced Monday to 1,000 hours of
community service and three years of felony probation after he pleaded
no contest earlier this year to two counts of felony vandalism,
prosecutors said.

Defacer With Mystery Agenda Is Attacking Street Art

Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

The evidence is the bright green and purple splashes of paint that
began appearing on walls in Brooklyn and Manhattan more than a month
ago. The carefully aimed blobs obscured or disfigured dozens of pieces
of street art created by people who may not be household names, but who
have achieved the esteem of peers and some recognition from the
mainstream art world. The targets of the paint attacks have included
posters, paper cutouts pasted on walls, and images stenciled on the
sides of buildings.

Taggers spread gang image


Here's an article about gang graff from my temporary home town:

Des Moines, other cities wrestle with rise in graffiti reports, costly cleanups

By TOM ALEX
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
October 24, 2006

The writing is on the wall: Des Moines police expect 2006 to be a record year for graffiti.

SRJC student arrested as prolific tagger

By BOB NORBERG
AND JEREMY HAY
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT (Santa Rosa, CA)

A Santa Rosa man suspected of being the prolific tagger "El Barto," whose widespread graffiti has caused about $100,000 in damage, was arrested Friday, police said.

xxxx, an 18-year-old Santa Rosa Junior College student, is suspected of several hundred graffiti incidents throughout Sonoma County and in other parts of the Bay Area during the past year, making him one of the region's most active vandals, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Lisa Banayat said.

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