Graffiti does not mean that gangs are in your neighborhood! The vast majority of graffiti in Portland, OR is written by "taggers." A tagger writes his or her nickname ("tag") so that it will be seen by his or her peers. Taggers vandalize all parts of the city, and are not necessarily tied to a specific neighborhood. Taggers are usually part of a group called a "crew." Tags can be recognized by their particular style, which consists only of the tagger and/or crew name. Tag names are typically one short word, like "BUSTER," and crew names are usually three or four initials, such as "RLP." Taggers thrive on placing their tag names on as many and as dangerous places as possible. The objective of tagging is peer recognition: the tagger gains more notoriety the longer the tag is "up." Quick removal of graffiti is important because it discourages more tagging.
Gang graffiti is usually limited to a specific home turf claimed by the gang. It is primarily used as a warning to other gangsters to stay out of their territory. Gang graffiti is also used to boast of crimes committed or weapons carried by the members.
Graffiti removal isn’t just labor-intensive, it’s also costly. Fortunately there’s an Anti-Graffiti Coating – a unique clear siloxane product that creates a non-stick surface that repels graffiti from paint, paint spray cans and permanent markers. Ideal for transit stations, bridges, overpasses, rail cars, retaining walls, municipal buildings, fences, schools, shopping plazas and restrooms.
If you are interested in the Anti-Graffiti Coating, please give us a call to schedule an estimate and discuss your concerns.