Monday, February 25, 2013
Graffiti never stops. It does slow down in winter, but graffiti does accumulate in part because the taggers continue their work even in the coldest months of the year. This is a city of Chicago stop sign circa 1994. It is nonreflective and a good solid metal sign. The newer reflective stop signs were manufactured without taking into account that they will be tagged (the red paint comes off with goof off). This is the Sherwin L viaduct just steps from the alderman's office. You can see that the city has covered graffiti in a patchwork fashion (white over yellow) and this only invites more tagging. Goof off was sprayed onto the sign and then the graffiti simply wiped off with a rag, this took a grand total of one minute. Equal or less to how long it took to put up the graffiti. Four of the other signs were tagged and also there was tagging on a concrete pillar. Caterpillar yellow spray paint is a perfect match for the yellow. Available at most Ace Hardware stores. The photo was taken 2-24-13.