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Cretins Graffiti Canyon Trailheads

By Santa Barbara View’s Outdoor Editor, John McKinney @TheTrailmaster

Is nothing sacred?

Not content with leaving their spray-painted messes on Santa Barbara’s urban landscape, vandals recently hit the trail.

Graffiti “artists” tagged trailheads at two of the front country’s most popular pathways—Rattlesnake and Cold Spring.

The Trailmaster was livid. And contemplating how much he would like to whack this nature despoiler with his hiking stick.

Jim Bradburn

However, just a quarter-mile hike up Rattlesnake Canyon, my faith in humanity was restored. There, at a bend in the trail, I met Jim Bradburn, a volunteer with the Santa Barbara Trails Council. He was spending his day with pick and shovel maintaining the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail.

What a guy.

And a lesson for us all. Just as nature has infinite variety and expression, so does human nature.


19 Responses to “Cretins Graffiti Canyon Trailheads”

  1. Anonymous

    What’s the purpose of this? I just don’t get it. Sad really.

  2. Anonymous

    City of Santa Barbara Graffiti hotline: (805) 897-2513

  3. Anonymous

    How do you remove graffiti from a tree? What kind of thinking would leave it there in the first place? Hauling a paint can into a canyon is so much more deliberate and disgusting than tagging a street sign or a light pole.

    • I work with Goleta Beautiful removing graffiti from areas of Santa Barbara and Goleta, The best way to take care of tags on trees is to color match the best you can the color of the bark and then paint over the mess. Eventually the tree itself will sluff off the paints but the cover will look a lot better until then.

  4. Goleta Jim

    I was in a hardware store this week which I wont mention and a bunch of kids were buying spray paint. The clerk sold it to them without any questions. it was pretty clear they were not working on their bikes. A scarier thought. I went to Big 5 and an every more troublesome looking group of kids were buying ammo.

    • Gnarly dude

      I woke up this morning and the sun came up, but I didnt do anything. I hope the federal gov makes a rule for me to follow so I can be a better person.

  5. The litter around Franklin School is outrageous, as is the large graffiti on a school wall, behind a chain link, on Soledad, facing Yanonali Park. …It’s dispiriting, to say the least, the marks left by the punks and the lack of cleanup. (Yes, I pick up along my street….)

    Goleta Jim, why not mention the name of the hardware store? If silence continues so will the offenses.

  6. Killjoy was here

    The cretins who commit car burglaries of hikers at the trailheads are leaving their professional calling card. It is a bummer to just sit and wait until the coast is clear before breaking and entering hikers cars. Solar-power surveillance cameras are in order at all trail heads.

  7. Turf Wars

    Most trailheads are in the County and not the city. City grafitti truck sticks to its city jurisdiction. Trees typically belong to Parks and Rec departments and the city graffiti truck controls only city streets and not trees under the jurisdiction of P&R.

    How much Balkanization of city response makes sense to us when we see a problem and only learn it is virtually impossible to control under current protected turf and budget wars.

    Does the city need a broad re-organization as to its mission and contract with its residents that eliminates these ineffectual turf wars that lead no where other than wasting expensive staff time justifying why they can’t just go out and Do It!?

    BTW: graffiti remover is “organic” and biodegradable and works on trees with a stiff brush if you have problems on your own property. Hose it down afterwards and disperse it.

    • el_smurfo

      That image is blocked at my work, but if it’s the “So suddenly meaningless” near Rocky Nook Park, I actually kind of like it. The “artist” really had to work to get that up on the pipe span and the commentary both on our current socioeconomic system plus the meaningless of the graffiti itself sort of speaks to me in a Banksy way…certainly more than a rusting relic of the 80’s down by Fess Parker’s does.

      On another note, I walk near there often and have called 911 to report kids with markers actively tagging, but the cops never show as long as I wait for them and the kids usually tag and run. The city must have a full time person just for that area, because the tags are painted over almost weekly.

      • I agree with you, el_smurfo, that that is less offensive than the name-markers on trees, sidewalks or, twice, now, on my fence. Why not video the “kids” when you see them and are calling 911? If the police have a file of offenders that would help.

        • el_smurfo

          Not a bad idea, though I get the impression the ones I see are mostly “amateurs”.

  8. Banksy on this

    The difference between art and graffiti is permission.

    Art is in the eye of the beholder. Graffiti with out permission is vandalism and a crime.

  9. Stealth Bombers

    Catching graffiti vandals in the act is virtually impossible. Which is why “punishing the parents” is a stupid response. Which is why “video-taping” the crime is a stupid response. Much of this takes place between 3-5 am and remarkably on public highway overpasses. Only surveillance cameras can work and that means 100% coverage of all public places 24/7. Otherwise, get out a bucket and clean up after this vandalism, because our “village” raised these children.

  10. Is nothing sacred?…..
    The land is sacred,the 1st people of this land are sacred,our sites & village areas are sacred, but the city & the non-Natives that live here dont recognize this anymore….
    So disrespect has been handed down generationally & grafitti or destruction is the result.
    How many burial sites get hiked over every day?….
    Theres your answer…..

  11. Graffiti is an Italian word. It shows up in ancient Pompeii and Switzerland today is riddled with it. One rarely sees it in asian countries. Does your sacred homeland argument to excuse vandalism across the board? Or does the fact you, Dr Fill are looking for excuses and blame create the misguided expression problem in the first place.

    Finding a less profane way to honor sacred spaces would be a far more productive expression of nativist dignity. Mere reaction to perceived abuses, rather than leading by honorable example speaks far more eloquently and wins more respect. Spend some sacred space time with that and meanwhile get a bucket and clean up the profane abuses to your sacred spaces. Peace bro.

  12. Florencia

    Keep the graffitti on the trees and rocks. Its an important cultural reflection of the hispanics. Much like the painted caves of the chumash. Hispanic culture is here whether you like it or not. Maybe hundreds of years from now archeaologists and anthropologists will be trying to preserve that latino art. Like painted cave road, we may enjoy Lil sleepy trail, or Sneaker or Looney Flaca campsite. Graffiti is an important in the culture of hispanic youth… Stop being so hypocritical! Go up and sandblast the chumash painted caves while your at it!

    • WASP Stinger

      Cleaning up grafitti is an important part of Anglo culture.