Some people have such a visceral reaction to graffiti that they will go through great lengths to cover it, even if it means making the whole wall, door or gate look way worse than the newly scrawled tag or fill-in. In an effort to document and evaluate these eccentric acts of post-vandalism, ANIMAL is launching a new series called “Buffed Up.”
Who: SEV [pictured above]
Where: South Street Seaport
Why: Writer’s moniker is still visible. The whole purpose of buffing graffiti is to discourage writers by completely removing their name. That didn’t happen here.
Where: Midtown West
Why: Is the person buffing the names or adding to them? Terrible job.
Why: The piece is still recognizable and the color of the buff doesn’t match the existing wall.
Why: Like the SEV, it’s still totally readable.
Where: Broadway Lafayette Station
Why: Tag is still visible.
Why: WTF is this? The tag looks more weathered than buffed. Very lazy. The buff started from the bottom but didn’t get any higher than MENT’s E likely because of the wire sticking out of the wall.
Why: You can still see everything behind the buff paint and in this case, those tags look better than this hatchet job.