Now that itís warm outside, the city is ramping up its graffiti clean up efforts now that it's warm outside. From scraping to painting four men are on the move ridding Rochester of graffiti. They're called the Defacer Erasers. Tony Diaz says it's impossible because the problem never goes away. ďThe problem is big. It's getting bigger. I mean I'm out here doing this stuff every day. It seems the more I do the more the kids do," said Diaz.
The city saw a 75% increase in graffiti last year alone. That's why this spring there are two two-man crews on the streets removing graffiti - instead of just one. Between paint, sandblasting costs and labor the city budgets $100,000 a year for the clean up. Tony says that's taxpayer money that could be spent on something better. "I mean walking by a person's house and writing on it there's no respect in that. Keep it on paper. Get a pen and pad do your tag on that," said Diaz.
The Defacer Erasers take before and after pictures of the graffiti to keep on record. City Council is expected to vote on stricter graffiti laws next week. One of the proposed changes is forming a graffiti registry to track incidents for clean up and enforcement. "As the law sits now it's a slap on the wrist to deface a property with harder laws maybe they'll stop," said Diaz.
Tony says he knows a sure way to get the culprits to stay out of the paint. "They need to be out here removing it and seeing all the things we have to do to remove it," said Diaz.
City Council plans to vote on the legislation Tuesday, April 15th. In addition, the city is hoping to get $80,000 dollars of state funding to go towards graffiti removal in the northwest part of the city.
"Keep it on paper. Get a pen and pad do your tag on that," said Diaz.
For somebody to say that shows they just
don't understand what graffiti art is all about.
Ignorant people.......LORD BELROCI KNOW I ROCK
what the fuck you mean the golden age has fallen- bols is out there killin it in the streets- either you out there bombin or you ran home to momma-and if these stiff fools cant appreciate the art screw em god loves us. keep i T R eal
no right no wrong- movin towards enlightenment- might have to leave it all behind...
all u pussy talk all that shit but dont put nothing up never heard of ya'll and prob. wont, theres a difference in talking about it and being about it no game influences here jus pure graff king da city twice in my life time. i seen graffrs come and go but im still here and pimping beeeooootttccchhh!
we gets busy and taggs, stickers, mobils,bombs,pieces,scrappens,stencils,bloodstains, rooftops oh yea shout out to Heaven Dwellas and the Smash Brothers. any ways all elements take graffers soul to perform. i rather see writerz going work creating talk than legal beagel shit and talks about faggets getting married on the news. we r alive not dead. we r relevant we exist but i said BUT! WE HAVE TO KEEP IT REAL TO A DEGREE. the HFK .EBS. slogan is go hard or go home! marc ecko influence c'mon with that shit is wack. and i take flicks of my own shit, and others and thats why i get up hard since i was a youth because my moma coudnt afford toys so i never played with them. i go in to war "G" style because im hard body me and my p.n.c rumble through the ruffest shit. bloodstains twisted ankles taking out shoe laces to create a pully to get up buckets of paints and a radio like we camping out! and i cant tell you all the shit we go through to get up! however we dont do it for fame we leave fossils and dents wich create a story so motherfuckers thats coming up can use our oil to heat shit up or use as gas to K.I.M AKA keep it moving. so i will continue to take my.my.my.my.own flicks of my own shit. what the fuck i look like not posting up my own work what fucken graff code is that? and im not going to get my bitch to open a account on here to post my shit undercover. fuk out of here puregraffati.com wouldnt be at there best if they waited for some 1 to take a flick of your shit. because your not going to help me shine and help me appreciate my crew work. the rock crownd me and i wasn't even looking for no fame but freedom is what i found even the po-po give us props and want order graffs BUT! NO CAN DO "WE DONT KNOW SHIT WE WORK AT HOME DEPOT AND JUST GETTING OFF OFFICER" SO POST YO SHIT keep it REAL WRITERZ cause yall aint seen shit yet. BIGG CAHUNAAZ OVA HERE.I KNOW THEY KNOW HELLO HATERRRZ HFK AND EBS BEEN DOING CAPERRRRZ.