Protesters vandalize two more Ballard billboards

Last week this vandalized billboard was turning heads near the Ballard Bridge. Now two more billboards have been defaced with political messages. All three seem to be the work of the same person (or group of people.)

Robby sent us these photos. This Starbucks sign is on Leary near 11th.

And this McDonald’s sign was on the opposite side of the Starbucks billboard. It has already been replaced.

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xerces
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xerces

Now that's amazing, I hope they leave it up.

workethic
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There really needs to be more of this. Kudos.

JohnF
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JohnF

Really? What's the difference between this and defacing the mural at Bergen Place?

Rounder
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Rounder

I think there is a big difference between some gangsta wanna-be scribbling his name on art like a kindergarden, vs. politcal and true statements. Mcdonalds is $hit, $tarbucks is the cancer of coffee…

Ellen
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Ellen

It's still vandalism, regardless of your opinions of the parties/corporations involved.

Tanner
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Tanner

Graffiti is graffiti… No matter what has been defaced. This person or people need to grow up and think of more constructive ways to express their thoughts rather then vandalizing other's property.

mason
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mason

yes, but it is hilarious vandalism!

moniguzman
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moniguzman

Wonder how long it takes to bring these down. Anyone know how long they've been up? Also – how does somebody go up there and make these changes without being caught?

Black ock
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Maybe “some little wanna-be gangster” scribbling his or her name on art IS a political and true statement. Maybe even moreso than calling starbucks the “cancer of coffee.” Come on… I can see if you don't like starbucks (which I don't)… And I could even see if you stretched an argument far enough to say that because of starbucks' sheer proliferation was ruining the chances of smaller coffee shops
to be profitable (which said would also be a stretch but I would grant it to you anyway – just on strength of concept alone). But … in NO way is starbucks ruining coffee at large.

Hooray for vandalism (and f*** yo' couch)

Ballardog
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Ballardog

The irony is if we did not have capitalism we would not have as much of a choice and likely would be subjected to crap far worse than McDonald's. If you don't like it don't eat there. And what 'specifically' is so bad about Starbucks?

The argument against capitalism is an argument against freedom and opportunity and the principles this country was founded upon. If you don't like freedom you are 'free' to leave unlike some other non capitalist countries.

I hope they catch the vandals and deport them to North Korea.

bmvaughn
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bmvaughn

Funny once… now it's just vandalism. This is no different than the vandalism of the Bergen Place mural, you just may like one more than the other.

gurple
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Yep, these are still funny. And that's the difference between these and tagging. Not any less illegal, just funny. And meaningful — I guess it doesn't hurt that I agree with the message.

Black ock
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The argument against capitalism is an argument against the worldwide exploitation of people. Capitalism does not equal freedom, you sophister. Go argue with other people who practice doublethink – more entertaining for you.

To all, since we're talking about freedom now, maybe the best thing about public art in a free society is one's ability to go vandalize it if you don't like it. Unless these companies are paying me for my eye-space I applaud anyone who takes certain liberties. I mean … It can also be destructive but…

NEIGHB0R
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NEIGHB0R

No sir you are wrong. The argument against capitalism is an argument against the corporate hegemony that has drained our neighborhoods of their souls and have left so many Americans out on the streets, spending their last dimes on triple-non-fat lattes as the drive their SUVs past the McMansion they lost to foreclosure because the couldn't pay their subprime mortgage! Revolution has to start somewhere and it might as well be a billboard owned by the fatcats~!

Annamatopoetry
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Annamatopoetry

Belltown seems to have the same thing happened recently: http://www.belltownpeople.com/2009/06/25/three-

gurple
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Incidentally, if you're not already familiar with the McLibel trial:
http://www.mcspotlight.org/case/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458425/

it's a great case study in why some people might feel that these kinds of methods are justified and necessary against this particular corporation.

RH
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RH

So let's see… in the Bergen Place thread we have people violently opposing even legal graffiti as an art form, and here it's applauded on the grounds that “it's funny”. So, if somebody defaced the Bergen Place mural with something really funny nobody would mind, is that right?

Ernie_98107
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Ernie_98107

Sorry Neighbor, you can't blame “capitalism” for the fact that lots of people are stupid. We live in a free society and people choose to spend their money however they want, even if it's not responsible or the way you would choose.

Now if you want to start a petition to eliminate billboards all together, sign me up.

workethic
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The difference is that the mural at Bergen place isn't an advertisement for multinational earth raping corporations that could care less about the well being of people. If we are forced to be subjected to the constant bombardment of mental waste that is advertisements that do nothing more than support a morally corrupt and failing capitalist system then I see no harm this very minor (in comparison to what really needs to be done with these advertisements) offense. On average, and obviously depending on where, Americans are exposed to anywhere between 300 and 2000 advertisements a day. Whoever is taking the risk to make this statement certainly differentiates between doing so and pre-teen misplaced rebellion and disregard for things that are culturally meaningful.

Ballard_Rocks_Now
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Ballard_Rocks_Now

As an aside, lookup the coffee sales trends in the 5 years before Starbucks started to grow. Alternatively 60minutes did a bit on it as well which you can watch streaming on their website.

Coffee shops work in agglomeration economies just like car dealerships. How many coffee shops are on Broadway? How many are Starbucks?

silence_kit
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silence_kit

You don't get it.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

wow, so capitalism has drained America's soul? Really?
I haven't seen anything but the left handing nuggets to the capitalists, just so they have something to whip in perpetuity. (evil rich, etc.)
Destruction is NEVER the answer, NEVER acceptable.
How about some accountability all the way around?
From wall street to main street to Olympia, all they way to Pennsylvania Ave., accountability is what we lack.
We don't get it unless we demand it.

gurple
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RH, this “people” group that you refer to actually contains multiple individuals with differing opinions.

I think that whoever did this should be punished if caught. I also think it's wonderful and hilarious.

xtevex
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xtevex

Lots of people's hypocrisy showing in this thread.

So if the vandals of the Bergen Place mural had defaced it with some anti-corporate sloganeering, you would be cheering it?

Sarah
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Sarah

What about the “Everything that cracked Dad's arteries?” That was awesome because they took the extra steps to change “Grade A eggs” to “Grade A shit” and “I'm lovin' it” to “I'm dyin'.” That was the first one I saw. I have a picture, if you guys want it.