QP Exclusive: How would you like to wake up to a brazen hatch-job with your name all over public property? Chair of The NYC Council Public Safety Committee Peter Vallone Jr. knows what it’s like and he’s taken it all in stride, just part of the everyday life for “The Man Who Hates Graffiti,” a nickname given to him by the NY Times.
For the past 10 years Vallone has been a staunch advocate of graffiti free neighborhoods, but sometimes the vandals strike back. Sometimes they organize themselves and mimic campaign signs. A conspiracy perhaps? Not likely. This is New York City and yes, some vandals are capable of a half assed political hatch-job.
Vallone has authored some of the toughest anti-graffiti laws in the country. Right here in NYC, the place that some consider a ‘bombing palace,’ which is slang for the best place to vandalize to become ‘infamous’ or ‘all-city’.
Graffiti culture is very strong in New York, especially Queens and the Bronx. There are some people that even glorify it and call it art. This is not true. I don’t see art in graffiti. I see vandalism and so does Vallone.
JA – adek – les – pinz . Chances are, you’ve seen the work of these notorious Queens vandals many times.
I see young people buying Sharpies and Krylon and aspiring to destroy public and private property. There’s no glory in it. But there is infamy. QP asks CM Peter Vallone what he thinks of the fake signs that were put up illegally and without his authorization.
QP Interview With CM Peter Vallone:
Peter, who did this?
“I think this just another attack by graffiti vandals and they wanted two things: to call me a hypocrite for committing acts of graffiti [Vallone referring to the act of campaigning – vandals often try to equate bombing to democracy] and they wanted my campaign to get fined
…but they were too stupid to get the sticker right.”
How did you respond?
“I reported it to the police and the Department of Sanitation. Well see where the investigation leads.
Bombing destroys property and they know it. Most people feel the way you and I do.”
How do we stop vandalism in the future?
“It’s unfortunate that a lot of these vandals get the support of big corporations that are trying to make money by using graffiti.
It sends the wrong message and ends up putting them all in jail.
There’s even a beer called ‘bomb beer’ and its marketed at the younger crowd of vandals and it’s just pathetic.
I will do my job as public safety and chair the toughest anti-graffiti laws in the country”
Clearly Peter, you must be doing something right if they are going through that much trouble to attack you. Keep up the great work. -QP