Prolific ZEB taggers hit Ballard

The ZEB taggers have hit many neighborhoods in Seattle including Downtown, Belltown, Capitol Hill and now Ballard. “The ZEB tag has been pretty prolific in the downtown core,” Detective Mark Jamieson with the Seattle Police Department tells us. “We don’t know the significance of it.”

Sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning, multiple ZEB tags were painted along Market Street, including on the Bergen Place Park mural. “This time the damage is worse than last time. It will take a lot to fix it,” Victoria Sangrey-Hunter, the volunteer coordinator with Friends of Bergen Place tells us, “I am angry, sad and at a loss for words.”

Seattle Police arrested two teenage boys from Everett last weekend, who they believe tagged several buildings with the ZEB tags. The teens were later released to their legal guardians. A 21-year-old male was also arrested on July 14th for the same tags.

There are different styles of ZEB, Detective Jamieson tells us, “Detectives believe the ones arrested aren’t the only ones involved.”

Detective Jamieson says that if a business or citizen has video surveillance of the actual tags being painted, they would love to see it. He also says that any businesses tagged over the weekend should call 911 or the non-emergency line so the graffiti can be documented. (Thanks Justin at CapitolHillSeattle.com for the tip!)

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stussy
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stussy

please, for the love of whatever you find holy, stop posting pictures of the tags.

Zebulon
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Zebulon

When they’re finally caught, these buggers should have their eyes plucked out!

borninballard
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borninballard

are you seriously going to keep doing this? why would you glorify this crap? this blog is getting trashy.

Foo Barolo
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Foo Barolo

Shame on you, My Ballard.

Astro Bouy
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Astro Bouy

For some reason, this tag is a nationwide problem and it shows-up all over the country. A bad fad.

Boomp
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Boomp

Take. The photos. Down.

yep
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yep

I agree with the others.

these ‘zeb'(ra) taggers probably feel like heroes now with all this publicity. better not to have a story like this at all.

gurple
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gurple

Yes, please stop doing this.

If you feel you must post photos, why not just host them and link them in the article? That way people can see them if they want, but you’re not giving vandals front-page exposure.

Me
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Me

Exposure is exactly why people tag. This just gives them more exposure. Might as well grab a paint can and join in Geeky Swedes!

Mondoman
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Mondoman

I’m with the others on this. Perhaps just blur out the tag region, with a link to the unblurred photo?

Neighbor
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Neighbor

Please take the photos down!

pioggia
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pioggia

I notice that someone tagged the Henry Mural on the fence at 67th & 8th as well :<

dear oh dear
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dear oh dear

this is why we can’t have nice things. i agree this pictures should be taken down but obviously myballard wants as many clickthroughs on its ads as it can get.

the guvna
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the guvna

maybe we should all tag our own homes and businesses with this “zeb” tag, that way we won’t feel personally violated, and imagine the horror on these kids’ faces when they realize everybody has jumped on their bandwagon, and they can no longer be cool and special.

jose
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jose

take the photos down!!!!!

randi
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randi

ZEB

Mr Ballard
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Mr Ballard

TAKE THE PICS DOWN, MYBALLARD.

bjorn Toobywild
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bjorn Toobywild

The tagging a useless activity.

Ted
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Ted

Stop posting photos of the vandalism, please.

Priscilla
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Priscilla

Why isn’t the Bergen Place Mural coated with the anti-grafitti coating?I know it’s costly but certainly not more than repairing the images.

Tagging is such a vicious thing and the fact property owners are fined by the city daily for this mischief in a down economy is worse. One person with time on their hands and a spray can does plenty of damage unchecked.

If you see someone doing this call the police right away.

ballardmike
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ballardmike

Toady little SHYTS they are!!

Robby Delaware
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Robby Delaware

As a side note, the bus stop that is at the North end of the Ballard Bridge was also heavily hit. The area with the tin metal fence.

P.S. Completely disagree with the oddballs who call for the removal of photos. Bobo’s in Paradise.

Katie
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Katie

I saw those tags while I was driving down Leary, and they only really caught my attention because I watched the KING5 story about the tagger(s) the other day. It’s too bad that graffiti is such a fact of life that I don’t even notice it any more.

BallardDINK
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BallardDINK

Take photo down!

Also, those kids who were released to legal guardians? Eff that. Charge them, and put them to work cleaning graffiti.

boardbrown
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boardbrown

I don’t see what the big deal is about posting the pictures. It’s public realm. If you think the toddlers with the paint get some kind of rush by seeing the pictures on-line, you’re wrong. They don’t give a shit either way.