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New Orleans anti-graffiti zealot Fred Radtke is (in)famous
for paint-rolling gray splotches over street art, and if you spend
any time in New Orleans
you will see his work everywhere. Even Banksy has referenced him.
(And Radkte himself has been arrested at least once — for
obliterating a legal mural).
On some level Radkte’s splotches are his de facto “tag.”
Indeed, one could argue that he is the all-out king of New Orleans;
he’s tagged up the entire parish.
In tribute, this building could serve as the new center of his
operations. It is time to recognize Radkte’s role as a citywide
bomber: When he goes up over your
tag, he really goes up over your tag. Respect.
Rendering by Sergio Humberto Padilla