I just finished posting on how much I hate graffiti, and now I feel the need to confess. I cannot say I have never done any graffiti myself. I also wish I could say I regret and am embarrassed by the fact that I did it, but I have to admit that I still feel a little pride that it was left up for several years.
My senior year in high school. My best friend was dating my sister’s best friend and the three of us decided to do a little art work. My sister’s best friend and I kept watch while my best friend did the outline. We had it drawn out on paper, so when it came time to fill in the outlines, all three of us went to work and got it done fairly quickly.
We chose the walkway under 4th South that still goes from the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot (Rice Stadium at the time) to the main campus at the University of Utah. We did it during the late-late hours of the night when there would be no foot traffic, but during school hours it saw heavy traffic. It was perfect. Under the street where no one driving would see us, empty at that time of night, but still where a lot of people would eventually get to see it.
I can’t remember how many years they left it up, but I remember walking to class one time and being amazed that it hadn’t been covered over yet. This was 30 years ago, so it’s long gone now. And I can honestly say that it was the one and only time I remember vandalizing someone else’s property.