A store owner called the cops on me today while I was painting a mural at The Commercial Center District in Las Vegas, said I was a tagger! In broad daylight, with painting tarp and supplies, not a spray can in sight. Cops were cool, one even asked my rates. I offered him a business card (though he couldn’t take it while on duty).
I’ve been painting electrical boxes, dumpsters and pillars at the Commercial Center for the past few years as part of a beautification project at the shopping center. Murals are known to deter taggers and vandalism. The wall I was painting today used to be covered in graffiti, but was painted white so that I could add an ocean scene. Unfortunately I didn’t get very far. I guess some people would rather stare at a blank wall than art.