Is This the Splasher?

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Photo: Gothamist.com

Earlier this month, New York's Sam Anderson looked at the curious case of the Splasher, the anonymous vandal who was destroying some of the city's best "street art" — that's a highfalutin term for fancy graffiti — with aggressive splashes of paint and wheatpasted pseudo-Marxist posters decrying the creeping gentrification of the street-art scene. Anderson talked to lots of prominent street artists, a number of the Splasher's victims, and several potential Splashers. He never quite fingered the true Splasher, but he ended the piece with a strong candidate: an anti-capitalist named Zac. The other day, the city blog Gothamist — run by Jake Dobkin, one of Anderson's first suspects — received a Unibomber-like manifesto from the Splasher, and subsequently fingered the bad guy as one Zach Dempster. We'd explain more, but, frankly, it all confuses us.

The Splasher Speaks [Gothamist]