Mason Gepp doesn’t condone graffiti, but he tells us where he enjoys reading his classmates’ uninhibited musings.
Each time I walk into the bathroom at my high school I am greeting my newly scribbled remarks from my peers. The underground practice of writing graffiti is obviously a popular pastime. Many of the postings are vulgar. Some appear to be gang related and others simply detail what someone intends to do after school that day. The prose is typically written with a Sharpie pen and is rarely more than a few lines long. Many of the authors apparently need to work on their penmanship because it is hard to read their handwriting. Our poor custodian works hard to paint a coat of white paint over each of the musings but he has a daunting challenge. Even after a fresh paint job, I often see new remarks written on top of the damp walls. It makes me wonder how much tax payers have spent on all the gallons of paint that are needed to combat this cycle of graffiti.
Though I don’t condone my classmates damaging school property, I will admit that I find the messages entertaining. Trips to the bathroom are quite humorous. I can live vicariously through the postings of some punk and laugh at his latest “accomplishments”. Nowhere else in my school do students seem so uninhibited and free with their thoughts than on our bathroom walls.