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Graffiti removal is treated like a menial job, and it's not, says Adam Kopcho, director of Urban Restoration Group, U.S., Inc., in Glendale, California. "In the end, you're cleaning and restoring people's property without showing evidence you've been through." For Kopcho, whose company sells only products relating to graffiti removal, business is booming. Municipalities throughout California are using one of his company's products - Graffiti Safewipes - to encourage volunteers to fight the blight of tagged signage. Dan Rasper is part of an anti-graffiti movement that is sweeping the country, due in part to the convenience factor associated with disposable,...

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Twenty-five years after its creation, Artist Eliseo Art Silva has gone back to restore his bold and daring mural “Gintong Kasaysayan” with MuralShield and  World's Best Graffiti Coating. It is especially important to protect and preserve this work because it is located adjacent to a public park and is highly susceptible to graffiti tagging.     Regarded by the LA Times as one of the “20 iconic murals of Los Angeles” and beloved by the Filipino American community, it is the largest mural in the United States to depict a story largely left untold of Filipino American history.   We...

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It might have looked suspicious– the woman stooped over, back turned, applying spray paint to an Atlanta BeltLine retaining wall. At least that’s what a concerned citizen thought as he called out to her, “You should be ashamed!”   Turning to face her accuser from her task of transforming a vulgar graffiti tag into a flower until a proper clean-up could be done, the woman’s City of Atlanta shirt clarified the situation for the citizen, who quickly apologized.   After seven years as BeltLine District Manager for city’s Office of Parks, Tucker Hutmacher is both tickled and exasperated as she...

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The murals on 7th Street in Little Rock have been defaced several times in the last few months.   LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Murals with messages of peace and social justice have been popping up along 7th Street in Little Rock since 2016.   But the art really started to spread at the beginning of summer 2020, amid the death of George Floyd and protests across the country, including in Arkansas.                         Images of Floyd, along with those of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and others lost to police violence...

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In Barrio Logan, Artist Tatiana Ortiz moves her brush and with each movement color flows. She has created a mural that “presents a statement of the simple yet powerful gesture of covering our nose and mouth in order to protect ourselves and others. This is an act of love and one of recognition that we are connected now more than ever, not only as a community or a country but as a whole world.” Those words and work were presented by the San Diego Union Tribune in April 2021, right in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic. This vibrant work was...

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