VIA's CanadianIt's common to see freight cars with graffiti on them. I should say it's uncommon to see cars without graffiti. However, it's a lot rarer to see passenger cars get vandalized.
Jeff Keddy posted this photo of VIA Rail's Chateau Lasalle with graffiti on one side. (thanks to Jeff for permission to post)
|Chateau Lasalle with graffiti. Photo by Jeff Keddy.|
That made me mad. But this one made me furious:
Toys For Tots Train
|Railway Express car with graffiti. Photo by Taras Terlecky.|
|Toys for Tots train, vandalized. Photo by Taras Terlecky|
I don't know if you can see from the photo at right but one of the coaches also has some graffiti "scrawls" on it.
Imagine how many scarce volunteer hours have gone into maintaining and repainting this equipment... and now it will have to be done again.
Thanks to Taras Terlecky for permission to post the photos.
What the Heck?It's bad enough to vandalize freight cars with paint. You shouldn't do this.
But to "tag" passenger cars? And museum cars?
Well, this is a family blog so I won't use the language I really want to use, but what kind of #*$&@#$ jerk does that?
I see a lot of posts about "benching" on Instagram (#benching), which is about watching and photographing graffiti on trains. Here's a big blog post on it. I'm sure it's interesting to watch for known "tags" and some of the graffiti is quite artistic.. for example:
There is definitely some real talent out there.
Most graffiti is just scribbles, vandalism with no art at all.
Regardless of its artistic value, it's wrong. It's not OK to deface someone else's property. I don't understand it at all.
I've written in the past about how I'm conflicted about graffiti on trains - the art of it versus the vandalism. No more.
Just.. StopJust stop doing graffiti. And stop glorifying it.
For my part, I'm not going to post any more graffiti. I mean, it'll be on trains that I photograph - hard to avoid that - but I won't post any photos where the photo prominently features graffiti.
I'm going to unfollow anyone on Instagram who primarily posts graffiti. I might lose some followers, but I don't want them.
I'm sick to my stomach from seeing these passenger cars vandalized, and I'm sick of graffiti.