Saturday, August 23, 2008

"The Graffiti Tour," yet another form of insanity...by Sybil Adelman Sage

As if we don't have enough of a PR problem abroad, two Americans, Jim Clay Harper and Danielle Bremner, have been accused of spray-painting their way across the continent, putting their tags — "Ether" and "Dani" — on trains in London, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt and Hamburg.

Given the current exchange rate, how did a 26-year old New Yorker and her 23-year-old boyfriend afford such an ambitious trip? Can graffiti "artists" apply for grants? Bremner attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, but apparently was willing to forego Fashion Week for this adventure.

Upon their return this week, police arrested them for having caused thousands of dollars of damage to New York's transit system and greeted them with handcuffs, not yet decorated. If convicted, each faces up to seven years in prison, which, if the penal system is smart, should be in a fixer-upper.