London: A graffiti artist called Mobstr has created and photographed a series of creative and entertaining examples of street art. He combines empty billboards, blank signs, and unusual architectural elements with subtle irony resulting in some smart street art. Here is the link.
Atlanta, Georgia: The stammering Looney Tunes cartoon character Elmer Fudd, well known for chasing rabbits, has been turned into a poignant piece of social commentary street art. The well-sprayed Fudd was wearing a police uniform and the sign beside him read "Negro Season". Given the many intense reaction to the issues of racial injustice and police brutality, this was thoughtful, provoking, clever, understated, and painted with significant skill. Link here to photo of the street art.
As the frequency of graffiti tagging continues to rise, so too do the costs for cleaning it up. In a creative attempt to force the graffiti taggers to shoulder a greater percentage of the financial burden, both to cover real abatement costs and to discourage future graffiti tagging, in San Francisco, the City Attorney is filed a civil law suit against a graffiti taggers to cover the costs of cleaning up her graffiti tags. The complaint lists 58 tags and assigns the remediation cost at $53,788 or $927.38 per graffiti tag.
In this case, most of the property owners will be city or transit agencies.
City graffiti abatement staff photograph graffiti tags prior to removing them using the city's 311 app so that a database of graffiti tags can be accumulated.
The Sunrise Trailhead in Clark County, Nevada was designed to showcase the beauty of the natural landscape of Las Vegas away from the Strip. Intended for picnickers, hikers, and horseback riders, the site is now closed due to a significant spike in vandalism. Graffiti, broken glass, arson of park property, and even the burning of a car have resulted in over $22k of clean up since Spring 2014.
Montreal, Canada: After waiting over two years, the anti-Semitic swastika has finally been removed from a Ile-Perrot community mailbox. The swastika graffiti was originally reported to the Canada Post. The Canada Post directed residents to the city. The city directed residents back to Canada Post. Finally, after two years of finger pointing, a graffiti abatement company was contacted who was able to remove the offensive graffiti in approximately 2 minutes.
Brookfield, Connecticut: What was once a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook School Massacre was painted over with a grey paint. The tribute mural had been up since December 2012. It is unclear why the bridge was painted out, but the assumption is that the rail company that is responsible for the bridge did so as part of their routine maintenance.
Not all graffiti should be treated equal.
Chicago, Illinois: Outside of Chicago, Highland Police are searching for a suspect in his late teens for multiple graffiti attacks at the local high school and public park.
Surveillance footage is helping to identify the suspect. The graffiti celebrated serial killer Ted Bundy.
The school custodian was able to quickly remove the graffiti. This rapid response denied the opportunity to anyone to see the graffiti and is considered a best practice in graffiti abatement.
San Antonio, Texas: A reward of $11,500 has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the graffiti vandals who attacked the Rodfei Sholom Synagogue. Rodfei Sholom Synagogue is the second largest synagogue in San Antonio.
The spray paint graffiti attack resulted in anti-semitic and racist graffiti on the synagogue and over 30 cars. The graffiti included swastikas and Ku Klux Klan references. A rock smashed one car's window.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott condemned the vandalsim, calling it an “offensive and disturbing attack on people of all faiths.”
London, England: For the second time in a month, anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on a Jewish Girls School in London.
The graffiti included a Nazi swastika and the words "Yids Sh*t". The earlier graffiti attack included the words "Yids Out"
Los Angeles, California: With municipal budgets already strained, the City of Los Angeles spends millions of tax-payer dollars every year to clean up graffiti.
The specific numbers are hard to pin down, but over 30,000 graffiti reports are received by the LA Office of Community Beautification per month.
LA County reportedly spent $30 million dollars abating graffiti in 2007.
From Clean City Innovation Graffiti Watch