Vandalism is bad unless it’s done by clever people. No one wants to see weird dirty thoughts etched into a toilet stall. We would, however, love to see some funny writing on a passive-aggressive note or a silly message covering up a street sign or two.
Not all vandals are created equal. Banksy, for instance, is sending messages of hope or speaking truth to power. You spray painting your name on a playground or sticking a hand in wet cement is not creative or fun or wholesome. If you want to know the right way to make vandalism into art, look no further than this post.
I hope these photos inspire you to make your own wholesome art.
Here are examples of when vandalism made something better:
1. This vandal helped us get into the holiday spirit.
2. A true rebel.
3. This person brightened up our day while spreading factual COVID information.
4. A little nerdy but bada**
5. For your health.
6. Vandals have valid questions.
7. Too afraid to swear but not afraid to fight a cop.
Speaking of law enforcement, it’s important to note that vandalism is a felony if you deface something valuable enough. If it’s the side of a brick building, you’re probably safe. If it’s the Lincoln Memorial, better find that orange vest because you’re about to be picking up trash by the highway.
8. They make the sign match.
9. Vandals speak… something… to power.
10. Fight the power.
11. Reminding us of our favorite characters.
12. Never will I do this.
13. Vandals often cover up less creative vandalism.
14. If it’s important here, you should care about other neighborhoods as well.
15. Just good old-fashioned fun.