Friday, February 12, 2010

Run Coco.... Run.. But You Cannot Hide.

I love my *oh so scary husband.*

Maybe not cuz he's scary looking to me, but scares the shit out of other people.

(don't mind the finger... he's not that fond of photos.)

Now, don't be nervous when you come to Guadalajara and we invite you out to drinks. He really is the coolest, most hospitable guy I've ever met... and after a few drinks, you'll realize he's quite charming.

Except to little f*ing taggers.

Those of you that have followed me for awhile, know that I'm not exactly fond of the local right next to me.... not only the guys that work there, but the clientel that they bring. They are the reason why GDL has a problem with graffiti. They let stupid ass kids open stupid ass shops allowing stupid ass kids to tag all over the place.

Despite our past frustrations with the shop next door, we've kept our distance and gave them their space... WITH the agreement that they could sell their trash AS LONG AS their clients didn't write on OUR space/walls/door/gate etc..... for both the tattoo shop and sex shop. We had an understanding. They told their clients the bank on the other side was fine.... but the next cuadra was off limits. (This was after Sex Shop got tagged.) And since then... we haven't had a problem.

Until 5 minutes ago.

Stupid kids came in and asked hubby what time the shop opens next door. Hubby said he didn't know... but they should get there soon. We walked to the farmacia, and while waiting for the light on the way back.... Hubby spots stupid kids tagging on our door.

"Change. Change. Change. CHange." Hubby was just waiting for that light to turn.

As we walked up to the shop, the kids casually stopped and acted like nothing had happened. Hubby grabbed one on the back of the neck, arm behind his back and *kindly* escorted him into our shop.
 They had tagged all over our painted door.  And they had NO CLUE as to why hubby was mad.

Well, he explained everything to them.....

while they were cleaning off their paint.

And after, hubby took copies of their credentials/school id's just in case we have a future problem... and the cops need to actually be put to use.

I swear those kids' must have pissed their pants.

Now scary tattooed hubby had their tagging pens, information and photos of them. I don't think we'll be seeing them for awhile.

Now don't get me wrong.... Mrs Artist cracking down on other artists, wtf?   That's not exactly the case. We have commissioned professional taggers. We have plenty of friends that tag BEAUTIFUL artwork.... but not scratchers. Stupid kids. How can you walk into a local, ask a question and then tag all over their place of business WHILE THEY ARE THERE?

Back in the day, I remember kids being smarter. If you were gonna tag, it was for a purpose. You tagged on Starbucks, Walmart... companies that exploited people, resources etc.... Maybe I'm reaching a bit here, but tagging had a meaning when I was young. You didn't tag on personal property.  And now, we are investing a shitload of money into a tattoo shop and the tattoo industry in Mexico to bring the industry level UP and change the perspective of art.... not to keep the industry on the calles

Stupid kids. Now I have to repaint the door.


On Mexican Time said...

OMG - that is one of the single best posts I have ever read!!! I think it is CLASSIC that you and hubby made those kids clean the mess up themselves... CLASSIC!!!

I love the story so much I even had to tell hubby the story, and show him the pic!! Why? Because I bitch and complain alllll the time about those damn kids "tagging" all over the damn place. For what? Do they even know what they are doing? The streets here in Cancun look awful. I hate the graffiti more than ANYTHING. It makes every thing look TRASHY.

Anyways, sorry that it happened to you guys and you have to paint again!!

Mama of 4 said...

hahah I LOVE that your hubby scared the shit out of them!!! My hubby can be scary looking too but he is also a really nice guy once you get to know him ;)

Leslie Limon said...

Ha ha ha ha ha! I'm laughing just imagining the look on the kids' face when your Hubby grabbed them. I doubt you'll have any taggers in a long time! :D

Ritamg said...

I lived in south Texas where the local little shitheads tag their friggin' signs on the expressway, peoples homes, businesses, etc. It's not art or the young expressing themselves creatively. They are just little wannabe gangbangers. I've often thought it would be cool to catch them in the act and taser their asses. What you guys did was a class act. Way to go. I applaud you both.

Refried Dreamer said...

I must say, tasering would have been cool.... but when their voices started cracking and they started fumbling all over the place... I assumed they learned their lesson.

I don't have a taser, but I do have pepper spray...


Gringa-n-Mexico said...

OH my God you took their pictures and posted them on the Internet!




*best post ever!!!8


Little bastard punks!


You guys rock so much I can't handle it. Oh lordy, gaaaahahahhahahahha best, friggin, ever.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Good for you!

Around Cancun we have quite a few professionally done graffiti walls.

Like you, I still fail to understand why people are possessed to write illegible nicknames on walls. In black. BORING! At least make it pretty or interesting to earn yourself some respect. Poor guys.

Sunshine said...

This post wins post of the freaking year!
..this is soooo funny...then you stood behind them and took their picture...all the while they are cleaning the door....that's even funnier! Did they ask you if they could leave? Were they so scared or what? Lesson to be learned, dont mess with the gringa and indio! Bawhhhhaaaa

FernandezManzoFamily said...

Hola Melissa! I left u a message on myspace a few weeks ago, when you get a cahnce check it out please, I'm heading out there on March 13, so what I was talking about on the message I can actually deliver them myself :) if you would like some, ay me avisas! Take care.

Esperanzita said...


There was (is) a tagging problem in the neighborhood my dad has his shop in. My mom has taken to finding out their names and talking to them and asking the kids how they've been, how their day was, how their mom's are...the crappy tags stopped.

Dumb ass kids.

I'm in the same school of thought as you, that if you are going to deface something, make it something to make a statement, not to scribble your crappy wannabe graffiti all over the place. Because graffiti when done well, is gorgeous and makes a real statement.

Leah Flinn said...

Way to go! I am an advocate for people making these obnoxious delinquent kids tow the line. What I can't understand is why they have nothing better to do than defecate the landscape with their excrement of varied hues. Thank you for stopping them.

Tulum Living said...

OMG I cannot wait to visit. Our hubbies are going to get a long great. I love having a hard ass that is soft to me.

I love that you took the photos- that is so funny. I know what you mean about tagging- there was a reason. And well done graffiti is wonderful but stupid markings is F*()ked up. I love your response- well- hubbies-

I have to go so Ruben can read this-

sonoraTim said...

Haha that was funny. Pinche mocosos causing havoc. Your husband should of given them a Coscoron or two.

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