Graffiti mars Detroit walls, group fights back

December 24, 2012 • Business

In this photo taken Nov. 30, 2012, Rick Robertson stands near the former Ride-n-Shine motorcycle shop on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit. A sign at the location asks taggers not to paint on the building. Merchants and other Detroiters are trying to mount a campaign against graffiti that is defacing [auth] businesses in the city. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Steve Perez)

DETROIT (AP) — Merchants and other Detroiters are fighting back against graffiti defacing businesses in the city, while one graffiti artists talks about what’s kosher and what’s not in the tagging subculture.

Kerry Plague owns Towers Garage on Gratiot Avenue on the city’s east side and recently discovered his clean, white-washed façade marred with black paint.

Plague has been a co-owner of the auto shop since 1977 and says he knows the culprits could strike again after the cleanup.

The Detroit News says community activist Rick Robertson has organized a blog that offers a $1,000 reward for pictures and information that lead to the arrests of those who paint graffiti on buildings.

Established veteran graffiti artist Antonio “Shades” Agee says it’s OK to tag publically owned properties but not private businesses.

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