Friday, November 04, 2005
Thumbs down, not thumbs off
I have little sympathy for graffiti vandals — even the ones who might legitimately be called artists. "Tagging" is neither free expression nor public art, any more than a dog urinating on a fire hydrant. It's a fact of urban life, but not one that should be celebrated.
However, cutting off their thumbs, while likely to reduce recidivism, seems just a little bit extreme. I propose a more appropriate, more modest form of punishment for graffiti: compulsory advertising tattoos for Geritol®, Depend®, and Viagra®. Make these kids walking billboards for someone else's message, and see how they like it.