Taggers of Mural Of Jim Morphesis Monument Put On Notice!

Taggers put on notice

While sitting in my booth at the LA Art Show I looked up and noticed a man young man in his late 20’s in a fashion challenged suit and tie staring at my wide screen monitor of the many photos of the processes of graffiti removal from the freeway mural Jim Morphesis Monument. He asked me why I thought there was no good quality graffiti art in this art expo. We went back and forth with a few ideas and then I asked him if he was an artist.

He had been a tagger in his younger years but he was way over that now. In fact, he was sorry and knows it was wrong. He’s doing some artwork with graffiti art style. He had never heard the term “aerosol art.” He even dropped MCLA’s name as an organization for whom he was doing art.

Then he mentioned, nodding at the monitor, that he knew all about what’s been happening with this mural on the freeway. He said he knew the taggers in town and that there are a couple of “older guys” that are kind of like the God Fathers of tagging. He said they liked the clean up efforts we’re doing to make the mural visible again. After the second time the mural got tagged (after our cleaning), he said, “these older guys put it out over the Internet, on Facebook and stuff, that if anyone hits this mural again, they will hunt them down and make them pay for the disrespect.”

Wohoa! In fact, its been three weeks now… we’ll see.

FACL's booth at the LA Art Show

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Want to donate to help keep graffiti off the murals? Contact Isabel Rojas-Williams at www.muralconservancy.org

About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the "Save Your Stuff" series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/
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