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Park group looks to repaint Charlesgate murals defaced by tagger

Defaced Charlesgate taggers

The Esplanade Association reports that sometime late last night or earlier this morning somebody spray painted over " Patterned Behavior," a series of three murals painted last year by Silvia Lopez Chavez on three supports and a wall under the Bowker Overpass.

Association Executive Director Michael Nichols says the group has started looking at the cost of re-doing the murals and is talking to Lopez Chavez.

The group has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the restoration.

Anybody with information about the vandal should contact State Police.

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People hate graffiti taggers. Scumbags, and what's worse I cannot call them out by their tags because they are so bad I can't read them.

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Norm

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They should lean on the imprisoned scumbag Marc, as he probably could finger the culprits. All of those taggers know who each other are.

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It says Nerk and Regs. Pretty legible and not bad.

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But as you can even see letters not visible in the photo, I defer,. But since the letters are debatable, perhaps they are pretty bad, in addition to them being the defacement of actual art.

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Not really though. There's rules to graffiti. You don't typically go over someone's mural like this. Maybe they didn't get what it is.

So this isn't reflective of the graffiti world in general.

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Since this sort of behavior is beneath "the graffiti world in general", is "the graffiti world in general" going to clean up this mess?

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The stuff they allegedly vandalized look like graffiti as well so likely just bad luck they tagged some alleged artwork.

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It’s obvious you’ve never seen the complete work, so why don’t you just STFU, troll

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I never understood the vanity of it. It must be a dark place in the mind of a person who has to compulsively post their name everywhere in public. An act indicating an incessant quest for recognition. From whom are they seeking recognition is my question?

They are almost universally recognized as sneaky vandals destroying other peoples property in the dark of night. Read: cowards.

Do they paint these giant messes on the sides of their parents houses out in Wellesley or Newton, where they most certainly come from? Doubt it.

It reminds me of the morons that vandalize nature by make little stone piles everywhere they go.

Nobody wants to see your stupid little temple to your vanity

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I'm with you, except the Newton and Wellesley part.

You don't know where the target is from. And why should it matter?

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It matters because they're not crapping on their own communities, they're crapping on Boston. You do get a certain amount of that from suburbanites who have ideas about Boston that aren't really grounded in reality, and who thinks it doesn't make a difference if they come here and act like jerks.

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Not a dark place in the mind at all. If you're curious about where graffiti came from there's plenty of information out there.

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Ohh, the cairn debate. In some places, like Mt. Washington, they're very helpful for following the trail in poor visibility conditions.

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you probably should not be on the trail, especially Mt. Washington.

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Wayfinding cairns are not the same as the piles of stones in question

https://guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/regina/laufskalavarda-add-...

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I wish the esplanade association would take a more aggressive stance in recognizing the impacts of the highway that plows through our park. If not them, maybe some other new group could take this mantle of actually advocating for the park and against the highway that mars it. I wish I had the time for that myself.

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to the Charlesgate Alliance working to remake the space under the Bowker Overpass. https://charlesgatealliance.org

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Just this week their Executive Director is on video calling for changes to Storrow Drive...

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/09/18/it-happens-here-storrow-drive/

Want to support their efforts? You can donate on their site - www.esplanadeassociation.org

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Where are guides about interpreting the most cryptic ornamented grafitti lettering?...

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His "name" is Merk. He is the controversial artist who painted the mural in Allston

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/10/18/artist-who-painted-controve...

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I'm kind of surprised that no one wrote that before.

Still, marking up pre-existing art is jerkish, regardless of the rhyming quality of the statement.

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That clearly says NERK, not MERK. Guessing you're not well versed in urban tag lettering

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and then they get vandalized again.

Probably best not to have murals where taggers like to tag, like bridge supports?

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Probably best not to have murals where taggers like to tag, like bridge supports?

Probably even better to cut the taggers hands off, then we could have nice murals wherever we wanted.

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The city should use stuff like this on surfaces they don't want damaged by tagging:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-graffiti_coating

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