The Unsung Heroes of the OB Graffiti Wars – a Photo Gallery

by on December 9, 2016 · 8 comments

in Culture, Environment, Media, Ocean Beach, Organizing

ob-graffiti-kevin-8Every now and then, there seems to be a spurt of graffiti activity in Ocean Beach. And usually, locals respond and paint over the markings left on walls, fences, and OB cliffs.  Many of those locals wish to remain anonymous – in the photos some of them have been pixelated.

Much of this graffiti and who deals with it is unknown by your usual villager here in Ocean Beach. Out of sight, out of mind.

So, here is a photo tribute to those who deal with it – the individuals and their work; some of the graffiti has been pixelated in order not to broadcast gang markings.

Please dear reader, appreciate and enjoy the before and after shots. (Hat tip to the OB anti-graffiti crew.)











{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Christo December 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Much thanks to the OB Beauty Crew!


CliffHanger December 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm

I can’t believe that here in OB no one knows who any of the taggers are.
Paint ball gun the taggers – a few examples of “tag the tagger” might help.
This crap’s gotta stop, and no, it’s not “art”, especially on the cliffs.
How about an article of what graffiti is from what tagger if it’s known – doesn’t SDPD keep track of this?


cc December 12, 2016 at 7:25 am

Next to the condo I own near SDSU there is a large storm drain/runoff from the canyon that is city owned. It’s cement and in pretty good shape. I can see it from my balcony and it’s only about 20 feet away.

One day I notice a kid down there spray painting on the wall when I’m walking by. He spots me and gets up and leaves. The next weekend I’m in my living room and I can hear faint music playing and it was coming from down there. I look down, he’s down there again spray painting and listening to music out loud in the middle of the day.

I called the police, stayed on the phone with them for 45 mins while this kid kept spray painting and the cops never showed up. I had someone hook line and sinker to be caught in the act and they did not care. The graffiti is still there 2 years later and now before I sell my place I’m going to have to go down there and paint over it.


Debbie December 9, 2016 at 7:32 pm

Thank you to all for cleaning up the mess the vandals caused.

Why are there no police patrol on foot catches these crooks? We get lousy cameras….maybe they should have been placed on the cliffs.


Melvin December 10, 2016 at 5:32 am

Lame article. I enjoy ob rag usually but if filler articles like this become the norm i will have to fulfill my need for real local elsewhere.


Rufus December 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm

Nobody mind Melvin. He lives in El Cajon.

Reply December 13, 2016 at 9:49 pm

You should like their GoFundMe account to this article account so locals who don’t have time to help paint can help by donating money for more paint supplies to keep up the good fight.

Reply December 13, 2016 at 9:49 pm

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