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Playground Named for Beastie Boy Defaced With Swastikas

Someone also spray-painted 'Go Trump!' on Adam Yauch Park

(Newser) - A Brooklyn playground named for the late Beastie Boys' star Adam Yauch was vandalized with swastikas and the words "Go Trump!" the AP reports. Photos show the swastikas and words were spray-painted on playground equipment in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. The city named the park for the late... More »

NBA Player Apologizes for Big 'Mistake' in China

Houston Rockets' Bobby Brown says he's sorry after sharing photo of tagged Great Wall

(Newser) - It's not quite as bad as peeing on the Alamo , but Bobby Brown of the Houston Rockets is still getting a hard time from commenters in China after leaving graffiti on the country's Great Wall. Brown, who played in China for three seasons, not only tagged the wall... More »

McDonald's Sued for Allegedly Ripping Off Dead Graffiti Artist

McDonald's graffiti decor bears a resemblance to work of Dash Snow

(Newser) - McDonald's is being sued for allegedly appropriating the work of a deceased graffiti artist without his estate's permission, Consumerist reports. According to Artnet , Dash Snow, who went by the tag SACE, was known for spray painting high-profile locations like the Brooklyn Bridge and even clothes being worn by... More »

Community Wipes Out Racist Graffiti Before Family Sees It

Dozens turned out to paint Wash. family's home

(Newser) - If the goal of whoever scrawled racist graffiti on the home and truck of Marvin Phillips on Friday night was to make the Tenino, Wash., family feel unwelcome, it backfired spectacularly: Dozens of community members got together to scrub away the graffiti—which included "KKK" and the n-word—and... More »

Graffiti Defaces National Park Trail

It's at New River Gorge in West Virginia

(Newser) - Long Point Trail in West Virginia's New River Gorge offers spectacular vistas of the mountains, the namesake river, and now, the affection of "AW" and "TK." National Park Service officials are looking for the person responsible for spray-painting "AW (heart) TK" on a rock located... More »

Woman Banned From 524M Acres of Public Land

Casey Nocket gets 2 years' probation for tagging national parks in 2014

(Newser) - Casey Nocket left her mark on national parks across the West, but she won't be able to go back and reminisce—at least not while she's on probation. The 23-year-old San Diego woman pleaded guilty last week to defacing rock formations in seven parks, and for the next... More »

Man Allegedly Graffitied Over Prehistoric Rock Carving

He reportedly claims he was drunk and wanted revenge on his boss

(Newser) - Authorities say a man recently sprayed graffiti on a prehistoric rock carving of a bighorn sheep in California's Sequoia National Forest. Prosecutors say 58-year-old Christopher Harp sprayed a black substance on several large rocks, including one depicting a bighorn sheep. Special Agent Brian Adams with the US Forest Service... More »

Artists Sneak Anti-Homeland Graffiti Onto Show

They call the series 'the most bigoted show on television'

(Newser) - Three graffiti artists hired to add local color to a refugee camp set on this week's episode of Homeland instead took the opportunity to troll the makers of the show, the Guardian reports. "Homeland is racist," "Homeland is a joke," and "#blacklivesmatter" are just... More »

Partying on the Appalachian Trail Raises Ire

Trash, graffiti, and all-night parties become a concern

(Newser) - When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring—not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch a good night's sleep while listening to the sounds of nature were instead filled with trash, graffiti,... More »

Archaeologists Find Rare Writing, Then It Disappears

Inscriptions on plaster in ritual bath have now been sealed

(Newser) - Archaeologists digging for ruins ahead of a new construction project in Jerusalem made an incredible discovery—that immediately began to vanish. During the last hours of a "salvage excavation" two months ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority stumbled upon a 2,000-year-old ritual bath when a stone suddenly disappeared into... More »

Cliff-High Prom Invite May Prove Costly

Destiny's suitor faces local, federal charges

(Newser) - Not the destiny he was looking for: A hopeful suitor, still unidentified, is in hot water after painting his prom invite on the Black Cliffs outside Boise, Idaho, reports the Idaho Statesman . The problem is that the giant "DESTINY, PROM?" message could bring graffiti charges punishable by six months... More »

UK Artist Fights Potholes With Penis Drawings

'Wanksy' says town now often fills potholes within 48 hours

(Newser) - He's inspired by artists such as Grayson Perry and Banksy. But instead of decorating ceramic vases or spray-painting a wall, an artist in Ramsbottom, England, is drawing attention to a town nuisance by drawing male genitalia around them. "I wanted to attract attention to the pothole[s] and make... More »

WWI Soldiers Left Moving Legacy in French Tunnels

Huge collection of well-preserved notes found in Naours, France

(Newser) - An archaeologist in France planned to study the medieval history of a quarry—but in the process, he made a much newer, and deeply moving, find. During World War I, soldiers made almost 2,000 inscriptions in the series of underground chambers, which were a tourist attraction at the time,... More »

Racist Graffiti Shuts Connecticut College Down

President calls for one-day hiatus to address 'ignorance and hatred'

(Newser) - There are no classes today at New London's Connecticut College, but it's not for a holiday or snow day. Instead, events to eliminate what President Katherine Bergeron calls "this ignorance and hatred" have been planned after racist graffiti was found scrawled in bathroom stalls yesterday at the... More »

Singapore to Cane Guys Who Spray-Painted Train

One of 2 Germans convicted: 'This is the darkest episode of my entire life'

(Newser) - With a dozen cans of spray paint at his side as evidence, a Singapore judge sentenced two German men today to nine months in jail and three lashes with a cane for vandalizing a train, the Local reports. Andreas Von Knorre, 22, and Elton Hinz, 21, were charged with entering... More »

Tourist to Pay Big-Time Over Colosseum Vandalism

Russian man was caught in the act

(Newser) - A Russian tourist has been hit with an eye-watering $25,000 fine for doing what visitors have done for thousands of years: leave their mark on Rome's Colosseum. The man was caught in the act of inscribing a 10-inch-tall letter "K" on a wall inside the ancient building,... More »

Why Banksy Might Be a Woman

Kriston Capps at Citylab makes her case

(Newser) - An upcoming HBO documentary about the ever-elusive street artist Banksy is worthwhile for fans, but "it doesn't cast a light on who Banksy is or what she looks like," writes Kriston Capps at Citylab . That's right, what she looks like. For a variety of reasons, Capps... More »

Woman Graffitis Nat'l Parks, Leaves Instagram Handle

Feds are on the hunt for 'creepytings' from New York

(Newser) - Cartoonlike images of faces and serpents that appear to be the work of one person are popping up at national parks across the West, and the feds want to know who's behind them. Fortunately for them, the "artist" also signed the graffiti with her Instagram handle, creepytings, and... More »

Road Work Leads to Discovery of WWII Graffiti

A 1,900-year-old ritual bath was defaced by Australian soldiers in Israel

(Newser) - An Israeli construction project to widen a major road unexpectedly uncovered a 1,900-year-old ritual bath and a 1,700-year-old water cistern. But when archaeologists went to inspect the finds, they found engravings left by two Australian soldiers on the water cistern's exposed ceiling. The marks were nothing fancy—... More »

Graffiti Suspect Allegedly Tags His Courtroom

And catches felony charges for his trouble

(Newser) - True artists never stop working, and unfortunately for him, Francisco Canseco might be a true artist. The 18-year-old was in court in April to face misdemeanor graffiti vandalism charges when, police allege, he whipped out his paint pen and tagged the backs of courtroom chairs and hallway benches with his... More »

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