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On Bathroom Graffiti

December 4th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I’ve noticed over time that political bathroom graffiti seems to be overwhelmingly… “populist”?  Most frequently I see messages of a few different varieties: 

  • “F*** Bush”
  • “Republicans are Greedy”
  • “Cops are Pigs”
  • “End the War”
  • “Rich People are Bad”

Most graffiti I see that attempts a political assertion takes one of these angles.  Why not any of the opposites?

Where’s the “Barack Has No Experience” graffiti?  How come nobody is writing “Stop Welfare Entitlements”?  I have 3 increasingly likely theories:

  1. Geography: People in the Seattle area just don’t hold these beliefs as frequently.
  2. Timing: Republicans are in power, so non-Republicans have more beefs with the status quo.
  3. Self-Selection: People who agree with the things written on bathroom walls tend to be people more likely to write on bathroom walls.

What do you think?  Agree with any of these theories?  Got your own?
As a special treat, here is my favorite bathroom graffiti to-date; I found it on the wall in the men’s room of the Edmonds Theater:

Graffiti: "Rick Steves!"

Awesome.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Scott Robinson // Dec 4, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I like your first theory; but, think it could go further.

    Go to conservative leaning venues. Or smaller towns in not so blue states.

  • 2 Cassie // Dec 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    It’s probably your first hypothesis, but here’s another hypothesis to add:

    4. Republicans (in general) care deeply about private property rights and thus would be not inclined to participate in graffiti.

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