The Return of The Gray Ghost
I've noticed over the past month there has been a graffiti explosion throughout New Orleans, but especially along I-10. (I would put pictures of it up here on the blog, but I guess I am not supposed to do that to not encourage and give attention to it.) Sound abatement walls, base of bridges, pylons of bridges, and highway signs along I-10 are being "tagged" bigtime. Hundreds and hundreds of abandoned vehicles parked under several sections of I-10 before the storm (such as the I-10/I-610 split or under the Claiborne portion of I-10) remain and some of those are completely covered with graffiti. I heard Fred "The Gray Ghost" Radtke (head of Operation Clean Sweep) on WWL Radio this morning announcing he's back despite being displaced from the flood to fight New Orleans' graffiti. His nickname, "The Gray Ghost, " is because he and his group covers the graffiti--regardless of where it is, including official street signage--with rolled gray paint. Over the past several years, his battle has been endless as he covers the graffiti up and then days or weeks later it returns. The Graffiti Wars of New Orleans are about to begin once again . . .