DALLAS (CBS11) – Fighting graffiti with graffiti, a North Texas man is giving vandals a taste of their own medicine to combat graffiti.
Using some household art supplies, Brent Herling is fighting back against taggers.
“They want a blank canvas to work on I suppose,” said Herling.
Growing sick and tired of the spray-painted tags left up around his neighborhood, Herling decided to go to combat with pain and brush.
“It might be considered as graffiti by some people. I hope not!” joked Herling.
Instead of covering up the tags with a solid color, Herling is painting “murals” over the graffiti.
“If I was to go paint the whole wall one color, guarantee it’s be covered up again,” said Herling.
Months after starting a piece on Marsh Lane, there is not a tag in sight.
“The art stops it,” said Herling, “It’s very rare that they paint anything like that on art.”
While the paintings fall into a legal “gray area,” nearby residents like Lorena Decanini and her kids love the murals.
“We need color in our lives. This is nature. There’s nothing bad on it. It’s culture,” said Decanini.
Decanini drives by the wall every day and decided to stop by on Wednesday to help paint.
She and her kids will not remember they had a part in helping make their neighborhood more beautiful.
“You’re like proud now,” said Decanini. “This looks so different.”
Weather it is painting a mural or doing something else, Herling said the smallest stroke can sometimes make the biggest difference.
“If you have pride in your neighborhood, go and show it,” said Herling.
Dallas Police said it has not received any complaints regarding the public mural.
The councilmember for District 13, Jennifer Staubach Gates, said she has not heard of any complaints either and is fine with the paintings as long as neighbors are happy.
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