Carroll Gardens has always been a rough and tumble section of Brooklyn. A recent burst of graffiti has been plaguing the neighborhood with the tag “Share.” Such a retro art form and hippie aesthetic leaves many longtime residents feel as though they are living in 1984. Residents have seen this tag for some months. Now police are on the scene and the “Share” bandit should be put on notice or risk being taken away for vandalism.
According to Brooklyn Paper (1) “the mad – but possibly generous – inker struck most recently on October 2, tagging four times: once on the wall of Bar Great Harry on Smith Street near Sackett Street; twice near President Street, and once at the corner of Smith and Douglas streets.” The inking has got residents paying attention again to a scourge which many thought went out with new wave music and Velcro high-tops.
Police are getting tough with officers stepping up patrols in and around the afflicted neighborhoods. While the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime, graffiti is a little different in that once it’s been done, even if you go back and appreciate your handiwork, that doesn’t automatically make you a suspect.
A police source told Brooklyn Paper “Graffiti is not art when it is defacing someone’s property. It’s a serious thing that diminishes the look of the neighborhood.”
While the last chapters of this story haven’t been written yet one thing is clear. Officials in Carroll Gardens are not happy with this recent spike in graffiti art. They’d undoubtedly like to share their displeasure with the artist personally.