It has become nearly expected on a wall, overpass or tunnel. Spray paint designs of vandalism. The culprits leave their tag on a location and disappear. However, one Pocatello man is taking a stand.
“I have zero tolerance for graffiti. If I see a piece of graffiti one inch square, I want to paint over it. However, I’m held back by municipal rules,” said Larry Larsen, Pocatello Police Department Volunteer.
Larry has been painting over graffiti for over six years as a volunteer for the Pocatello police department. He takes it upon himself to make a difference.
“I just move through without any fashion, I just mow it down like I was cutting grass,” Larsen said.
Despite Larry’s best efforts, it can often seem like a losing battle. One day he will paint over graffiti and the next day it springs up, however this is his message to those graffiti artists
Larry paraphrased a hit song when he said, “It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the king of the fight, rising up to meet the challenge of our rivals, when the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night and he watches us all though the eye of the tiger. Bottom line: I will be back the next day to paint it over.”
Larry is energetic about his cause and rain, snow or shine will keep working to control localized graffiti.