Seven alleged members of one of LA’s most prolific and notorious tagging crews, MTA (Metropolitan Travel Assassins), have been arrested, including “Smear” (aka Cristian Gheorghiu), whose work has been sold in LA art galleries. MTA created tagged the LA River near downtown (pictured above), which is likely LA’s largest tag. See MTA’s online gallery of work at 50mm Los Angeles, and some of Smear’s work as shown at Han Cholo in Echo Park.
The thing that gets me about this story is that the Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the cost to the taxpayers to “clean up” the MTA tag on the LA River is $3.7 million (taxpayer) dollars. For what? To restore the concrete entombed LA River bed to its former glory? It’s a damned ditch! No one looks at it! This article also describes the “graffiti artists” (they use quotes) as “brazen” and “destuctive.” Ridiculous. I actually *do* use the LA River to go biking, and I really enjoy the graffiti art.