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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Artist Insists He Can Deface "No Parking" Sign Because He's a Taxpayer

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I don't know about you, but the piece sure speaks to me - ERIN SHERBERT
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  • I don't know about you, but the piece sure speaks to me

Art doesn't always have to look nice, it just has to move you.

If that's the case, we'll argue that the photo on the right is art. Of course, the local police will have a much different take, as one San Francisco "artist" learned.

Sometime before midnight on Tuesday, a 22-year-old San Francisco man was busted vandalizing a No Parking sign in the Western Addition, using a marker.

When a police officer asked him what the hell he thought he was doing, the painter claimed he had every right to deface the sign, considering as a taxpayer, he owned it.

Well, he has a point?

But when that defense didn't fly with the police, the man claimed to be a talented artist, and proceeded to show the officer his artwork. The officer cited him anyway for vandalism.

"Officer Anderson knows good art when he sees it, and was not moved to let

the lad off easily," Police Captain Denis O'Leary told us.

But as they say, art is subjective.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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