On my daily school-route cycle I pass a piece of graffiti that bothers me greatly. Complaining about grafitti is not something that I normally do, I am happy with most things that bring colour to our world but I’m making an exception for this one. It is an image of an old grinning guy flashing his underpants from under a trenchcoat. Someone has added gold private parts which does give it a festive feeling but doesn’t take away from the awfulness of it.
The image has been there for years and it gives me the creeps every time I see it. What about people who have ever been attacked it such a way? I can only imagine how traumatic it much be for them. It makes me think of the young girl who was raped not far from this spot last month. She, her family and friends must very sensitive to and scared of such predatorial types.
Maybe I’m too sensitive, maybe I shouldn’t let it bother me so much, but I have decided to try and do something about it!
Follow me on my crusade to rid our streets of this flasher!
Step one in any crusade: Send a tweet about it!
— seriously hilary (@seriouslyhilary) December 3, 2014
Step two: suggest a realistic alternative.
The local autorities have recently been working with graffiti artist SMOK to bring some colour to the area and I think it would be fantastic to have his work here. Hopefully they will pick up on my twitter suggestion to ask him to make something to cover this wall.
Step three: Wait and see….
I’ll be back with an update as soon as I get one.