Lazy Tagging

Friday afternoon I had spent a couple hours mixing at Blue Tower.  Along National Western drive are some industrial railroad tracks that the Denver Rock Island Railroad (DRIR) uses to park cars that are waiting to be picked up by BNSF Railway for their destinations.  They are close to the road, literally you can reach out your window and touch the cars if you got that crazy notion.  Right outside the front doors of the Blue Silo building was a practically brand new BNSF boxcar, and I recall thinking how nice it was to see a railcar with no graffiti tagging on it.  So Saturday, about 26 hours later, I had to swing by to pick something up and sure enough, there was the same boxcar, tagged by vandals, and I couldn't help but be sad. 

Yes, I would have been much more upset had someone tagged the Blue Silo building, or some other building in the area.  But it was something about the fact that it looked like someone had just pulled up in their car, rolled down their window, and applied some monochromatic, uncreative letters to the side of the boxcar. 

Don't get me wrong, I've seen some really creative graffiti applied to railroad freight cars in very artistic ways.  There's even a Pinterest page dedicated to the topic.  These have required skill, planning, multiple colors, and show some genuine artistic talent in their presentation.  (Up until the 1980s, railroads actually had some color and flare in their freight car paint schemes.)  

I guess what I'm trying to say is there a giant chasm (read: not a fine line) between being an artist and just being a nuisance to society.