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Anti-Graffiti Psyops
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The solution to urban defacement is so simple it's impossible that it has been missed up until now.

Each morning when new graffiti is revealed, a maintenance worker will simply spray-paint to the right of the new artwork one of the following: "suck", "are lame", or "are fags". A suitably cheeky font will be used.

After a month or so of this ultimate humiliation, the taggers will no doubt discontinue their reckless endeavors and the affected areas can be restored to pristine condition.

Committees will be formed to brainstorm a solution to the inevitable "so's your mom" issue.

RobotVoodooPower, Jun 29 2010

Faggots http://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Faggot_(food)
"... first use in print cited in the OED is in 1851 ..." [8th of 7, Jun 29 2010]

some graffiti artists are well respected! http://www.smashing...-graffiti-artworks/
[xandram, Jun 29 2010]

Tit for tat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit_for_tat
[Ian Tindale, Jun 29 2010]


       You obviously don’t know how tagging works in the first place. Your third paragraph in the body copy is based on a fictional notion in your head, which opposes the real-life outcome.
Ian Tindale, Jun 29 2010

       "are fags"?
DrWorm, Jun 29 2010

       Short for "faggots", an economical dish much favoured by the working class in the Northern UK early in your 20th Century.   

8th of 7, Jun 29 2010

       Go on, [Ian Tindale]; tell us how tagging works.
pertinax, Jun 29 2010

       M. Khan is bent.
calum, Jun 29 2010

       So graffiti artists will now simply trade their logos for that of their enemies?
RayfordSteele, Jun 29 2010

       //some graffiti artists are well respected!//   

       Not by me, they're not.
pertinax, Jun 29 2010

       Tagging is a tit-for-tat game played by the youth of a society to explore empowerment whilst also experiencing the reward of escaping a penalty with highly visible and evident evidence of such an act. It isn’t played with a plan for total annihilation, such that every conceivable surface is tagged in one night, but rather, the strategy is incremental, and getting braver with each reach. Conversely, the police and similar authorities rarely plan to rid the town of the problem once and for all, but rather, to curtail and limit the action. One side plays their side of the game, the other side plays their side of the same game.   

       The tactic suggested here of “ultimate humiliation” obviously won’t see a curtailment of the game, but instead, an escalation of activities. It’s a tit-for-tat game, and the action level has been elevated, so their turn will be all the more demonstrative and audacious.
Ian Tindale, Jun 29 2010

       ...Until they're beaten senseless for their crimes.   

       It's not so noble and respectable in real life. A friend has a business in a mid-size city (for Australian standards), and he can't keep his building free from obscene graffiti. No ammount of complaints to police, or private security has helped so far. He's losing business because his shop front (and sides, and back) are covered in lurid sketches, tags, messages, and whatever else these twats think they can get away with. He's spending a lot of money cleaning it up on a regular basis, but regardless, the place looks like a toilet wall 90% of the time.   

       There's nothing respectable about this. He's done nothing to deserve it, it's just his building is right at the border of several gang's territories, something like that. I amuse myself thinking up elaborate and nasty boobytrap ideas that I email him from time to time but so far he's managed to be civil about it.   

       I wouldn't.
Custardguts, Jun 29 2010

       We have devised a better solution.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 29 2010


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