Washington, D.C. — You may not have noticed it, but there’s a new kind of graffiti crime: it’s happening in your backyard.
In Washington, where graffiti-scrawled murals are a daily sight on the sidewalks and parks of the Capital Beltway, the number of graffiti tags and other illegal graffiti has skyrocketed.
So what’s causing this new, dangerous trend?
The Washington Post spoke with some experts to find out.
It all started with graffiti-artist Rick Gautreaux.
Gautreal, who grew up in a working-class suburb of Milwaukee, is an artist and writer.
He’s also a graffiti-cleaning expert.
He believes the graffiti industry has been on a downward spiral since graffiti-writers went to prison for more than a decade.
Now, he says, the problem is getting worse.
“There’s a lot of new artists in the graffiti business who are trying to be creative with graffiti, but they don’t want to do anything illegal,” Gautretreaux says.
“They’re looking for something a little more creative to be able to pay their bills.”
What does this mean for you?
If you live in the D.O.C., where graffiti is ubiquitous and common, you’re in good shape.
If you’re not, you can still get a tattoo.
That’s a good thing, says Rick Gaultreau, a tattoo artist in Maryland.
But Gautresa says you should consider getting a tattoo when the weather is warm and sunny, and that the ink itself isn’t too dangerous.
For more tips on getting a good tattoo, see “How to get a good look at your own body” and “How tattoos can make you a better writer.”
You can also take an art class.
There are a lot more opportunities in the art world than in graffiti, and some people who paint are also tattoo artists, says Gautreau.
So if you want to learn more about art, he suggests you get a book on painting, such as “The Art of Painting” by Michael K. Andrews.
Andrews teaches art classes for a living and says the art of painting is a craft that you can learn with little effort.
But if you don’t have a studio, you should also look for some art classes in your area, he advises.
There’s a growing trend to take art classes at art galleries.
The trend is growing, and it has a lot to do with the fact that galleries are opening and becoming more crowded with art lovers, says Jennifer DePierro, a curator of the New York art gallery Gallery.
So a lot artists are turning to art as a way to get their work out there, DePierso says.
It’s a more accessible art form, she says.
Art in particular is an alternative to advertising, DePaul University’s DeProu says.
A lot of artists are taking art classes to teach themselves.
So you may not get the same level of exposure that you would with an advertisement.
But for artists, it’s a way of building their portfolio.
“You can learn from art as much as you want,” DePou says.
There have been other reports that graffiti-related incidents have increased, and the graffiti community is hoping it’s just a blip.
But graffiti, graffiti and more graffiti.
There has been a spike in incidents involving graffiti tags, says Michael J. Vazquez, who runs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the University of Maryland.
Vazaquez, a professor of criminology at the university, is one of the authors of a paper that looked at the relationship between graffiti and hate crimes.
Vizquez says the increase is likely related to a desire among some graffiti artists to be seen as legitimate.
The paper found that the graffiti tag is an easy way for graffiti writers to get in front of the cameras and gain publicity, Vazquosays.
“If you look at it in terms of the numbers, it really is a pretty safe area,” he says.
But he says the increased tagging is also making it more difficult for graffiti-taggers to find victims.
That means there’s more crime.
And it means the number one target of graffiti writers is themselves, Vazaquos says.
So the best way to keep yourself safe is to stay away from graffiti-tags.
And for people who have gone through the graffiti-saturated graffiti-scape, there are also other tools to help with that: the removal of graffiti and other graffiti tags from public spaces.
Some cities are also making efforts to enforce graffiti-policing.
Last year, the federal government started to crack down on graffiti and vandalism on federal land.
That has created more opportunities for graffiti to be tagged and removed.
The National Park Service is working with the National Park Foundation to get rid of the tags and the markers.
It hopes to have graffiti-removal tags, or markers, on federal property by 2021.