Graffiti is not an option in the forest or on any public land. It’s an eye soar and destroys the beauty of our great outdoors. Like trash left behind or dumped, it didn’t grow there, so it shouldn’t be there. But how do we get rid of it when it’s in such remote locations?
Do we cover it with more paint? That’s one option and it can relieve the offensive appearance, but it does add more paint into nature. Most often, the cover up is an obvious sign that something has been covered up, and we still see the cover up.
Do we remove it? That’s not easy without proper equipment and it’s not always easy to access, especially when it’s way down the trail. If it’s a small amount you may be able to remove it with a spray solvent, brush, a pump sprayer to rinse and a rag to wipe. But when it’s a large amount, you need serious equipment.
Trash No Land has seen an increase of graffiti on public lands in the past 2-3 years. So much so, that the staff at Trash No Land decided to do something about it. Remove it and restore the natural features of our great outdoors.
Through internet searching, I found a nonprofit organization in Arizona, (Natural Restorations), who has been actively involved with cleanups and graffiti removal since 2017. They are using a compact, portable, self contained pressure washer called the Eco Blaster, and biodegradable solvents to completely remove graffiti and restore nature to it’s original condition. I just had to learn more, so I called and spoke with Founders Justin & Nicole Cory.
After a rather lengthy and very informative conversation, it was obvious what we needed to do. Get one of those Blaster thingys and get busy! And that’s what we did.
We purchased the Eco Blaster, along with a starter solvent kit, from the manufacture, Worlds Best Graffiti Removal System, and put it to work the day after it arrived. We were very impressed and quite please with it’s performance. If it were not for the help of a General Fund Grant from a private foundation in Vancouver, WA, we would not be in position to make this kind of a difference. As our donations grow, so will the benefits to our public lands.
Thank you for everything you do. We need you in California.
They deface Topanga canyon, Santa ynez falls trail, topanga overlook. I mean it’s everywhere. It pains me to see just how much people don’t love nature to deface it like this. I photograph rocks. I love rock formations and natural stone. I can’t help but get angry at this tagging and senseless spray painting. The stores should not sell spray paint to anyone unless the buyer has some sort of a license to buy it. I really don’t know what I can do to stop this as some people see it as art. Well I am an artist, just not a graffiti trash. I will share this blog in my page as well
Thank you for your comments, Angeli! Nature possesses it’s own art and no person should try to modify it. Keep man made art where it belongs, but leave nature’s art alone. People stand in awe of the beauty nature presents to us. So keep that shutter clicking and show the world how awesome natural art really is! (and we’ll do our best to help keep it that way).