LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say there’s been an increase of graffiti and vandalism around a Los Angeles museum that has opened an exhibit on the work of taggers and street artists.

The exhibit titled “Art in the Streets” opened Sunday at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art and police say the hall area has been targeted by taggers.

The exhibit has also come under criticism by some in law enforcement who deal with taggers.

County sheriff’s Sgt. Augie Pando tells the Los Angeles Times that the show glorifies graffiti.

Fans, however, say the exhibit is welcome recognition of what makes urban areas special.

Museum officials say they are cleaning up graffiti as soon as possible and surveillance cameras have been installed in the area.

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Comments (10)
  1. Joe says:

    the ones tagging aren’t artist, they are just vandals. They wish they could have their pieces shown in the MOCA.

  2. icecream says:

    Maybe that’s what happens when they make vandalism seem like such a cool thing to do. Vandalism defaces private property that the taggers have no rights to.

  3. Robbo says:

    My bad, i’ll tell the boys to stop.

    1. shutup says:

      Right,as if you had any balls to run your mouth.

  4. Banksy says:

    I love crumpets and tea!!!!

  5. @shutup says:

    @shutup, watch your mouth you lil biznatch. Robbo will do you like he did your mom.

    1. shutup says:

      My mama knows to shoot loudmouth pu$$ies with no balls on sight. Tattoo PU$$Y on your forehead, haul your chicken a$$ out in the open, and we’ll prove it.

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