Throwing Axes at Trees Is "Graffiti" Now

03.28.12 Marina Galperina

The “vandals” in their 20s who violently hacked at two trees in Inwood’s Isham Park have been captured. Apparently, they were “bored” and “throwing the ax at the tree for sportsmanship and fun.” They were charged with criminal possession of an illegal gravity knife, criminal mischief, possession of a graffiti tool and making graffiti. Wait, what? This? If graffiti is still “writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place,” then the NYPD’s understanding of “writing or drawing” is getting highly abstract.