- The historic and iconic Greenspot Restaurant in Montreal's Saint-Henri neighbourhood has recently been vandalized, in the worst possible way.
- The beautiful old-timey mural on their outside wall was tagged, completely ruining the art underneath, and the owners are dismayed.
- There are only 5 words for the tagger: Watch who you cover, toy.
Open since 1947, Greenspot Restaurant in Montreal's St-Henri neighbourhood is a go-to spot for everyone that loves classic Montreal steamies. For years, Greenspot's driveway off Greene Avenue has been adorned with an iconic Coca-Cola mural that's been the spot of many an Instagram photo.
Yesterday, Greenspot owners discovered that vandals defaced the mural with a large tag.
The owners of Greenspot say that they have the taggers on camera but they hope that someone will recognize the tag and provide a name. The mural has been part of the community for quite some time and Greenspot owners are dismayed that it's been ruined by careless graffiti.
Montreal is full of graffiti tags and while the city does an adequate job of removing them, there are still many derelict buildings and even metro cars that are covered. While there are some local taggers who have achieved renown for their work, others tag indiscriminately without care.
If you view it as an art form, tagging isn't a nuisance and has value. Many, however, believe it to be horribly ugly and completely unnecessary.
Where ever you stand on the matter, most established street artists would probably agree that you should never tag a business or a residence.
Unfortunately for the owners of Greenspot, taggers also have an unwritten "no snitching" rule, so it's unlikely anyone from the street art or graffiti community will step up and name names.
While they have the person on camera, it might be difficult for them to identify who it is. Still, they hope that someone, anyone will know who this person is.
Greenspot is an iconic Montreal institution that's been serving some of the finest hot dogs in the city for over 70 years. It's one of the few remaining old-school diners in the city, complete with mini tableside jukeboxes (which, unfortunately, don't work).
One Facebook user said that the tag was "ugly AF". Whoever tagged Greenspot certainly wasn't expecting a public backlash.
Montreal is a hub for street art and even hosts the Mural Festival every year, which brings together some of the best local street artists. Despite being adorned with arguably the world's best collection of street art, Montreal has a bit of a tagging problem.
The new Turcot Interchange, for instance, has already been covered in tags despite efforts to reduce the practice. The city spends upwards of $80,000 a year to remove graffiti.
There are also many dangers associated with tagging. In 2010, three teenagers died after being struck by a moving train while tagging in the Turcot railyards.
Despite the dangerous and illegality of the practice, its clear that tagging is alive and well in Montreal.
If anyone recognizes the tag, help a local institution out and let the owners of Greenspot know about it.
It's the least you can do, especially if you've enjoyed a meal there in the past.