Vandalism shouldn't be encouraged. It's an expensive problem for governments and the public alike, and cleaning up the mess vandals make wastes millions of dollars each year.
However, it also has to be said that not all acts of vandalism are created equal. While much of it is mindless foolishness, some of it is the work of frustrated creative geniuses.
These 15 vandals all had something to say. Some of it has a serious message, but all of it will make you smile. The creativity employed to make these images is truly impressive. We hope you like them as much as we did.
1. The House Under The Wall
We've all been there. There's a problem in a wall or the pavement and you complain and nobody does anything. So why not build a house there instead? A Lego house, for mice.
2. The Microsoft Critique
Remember Clippy, the old Microsoft Windows assistant everyone hated? Here he is again, being just as annoying as he always was. An act of vandalism that is truly educational.
3. The Celebration Of Truth
There is a beautiful irony in taking a pristine billboard and leaving a scrawled anti-consumerist message on it. We wonder how much they'd have charged to put a poster there with that wording?
4. The Low-Budget Harry Potter
Harry Potter walked through walls at Euston Station to find a magical platform. We wonder what awaits this young man on his journey through a wall?
5. Can't We All Just Get Along?
You really don't need to see the name in the star to work out what this piece of political commentary on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is all about.
6. The Pugilist
Now that it's been done, it just seems so obvious, doesn't it? We like the idea of an angry coat hook which loses every fight.
7. Up To Date
There's nothing like a little retro look, is there? This graffiti definitely reflects the basic nature of the old Game Boy right down to the black and white screen.
8. Subtlety Is An Art
It's an art that this artist lacked, too. This is a straight up "get this fixed now" piece of graffiti, and a lot of fun it is for it.
9. Here's Looking At You, Kid
Proving that you don't need artistic talent as much as you need imagination, this is an awesome way to reimagine the hand rail on a flight of stairs.
10. It's His Day Off
Everyone loves kangaroos, and nobody wants to run them over. But wouldn't you love them even more if they could ski? We think you would.
11. Superb Observation Skills
This piece of vandalism just works. It's one of those beautiful moments of serene observation put into action; Marge Simpson, just because that's her hair.
12. Good Question
This is fabulous. Low tech graffiti that anyone could do and which won't cause any harm, and it's just so funny t'boot.
We think this may not be entirely authentic because McDonald's doesn't use two "m's" in its logo. It is, however, extremely punchy. We have no idea why they wanted the second "m."
14. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
This is just lovely. It looks like an act of pure compassion between two inanimate boxes. You can't help having a smile on your face for this.
15. Yes, We Will
This is superb. We like the way that it can be read in two ways and that each of them is funny in their own right.
Weren't they brilliant? We love how these acts of vandalism rise above mindless destruction and try and add something to the viewer's life in a positive way.
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