Left: View of marquee from southbound Secor Road
(Toledo, OH) Graffiti is not unusual in this Rust Belt city, not is its presence on commercial streets particularly noteworthy.
I did find, however, that the graffiti on the marquee of the former Showcase Cinemas on Secor Road - some twenty feet in the air - to be a bit unique, as well as the fact that the graffiti taggers managed to deface both sides of the sign.
I refuse to call them "artists," since the vandals only used lettering. Feel free to sue me for being insensitive to the plight of graffiteers.
Left: Marquee as viewed by northbound traffic
The act of vandalizing these signs took a fair amount of daring, as Secor Road is one of the city's busiest surface streets. Even at night there is a steady stream of traffic in the area.
While the taggers used that annoying faux gangsta script, making legibility an issue to the non-initiated, the messages do not appear to contain any overt gang references.
Then again, what do I know? I have never been a gang member, and the last seminar I attended on local gangs was several years ago. Perhaps there are new groups whose nomenclature I do not recognize.
"SAYL" is probably the acronym for "sorry about your luck," but beyond that I am open to the interpretations of readers on these messages. I have also posted these photos to give a certain results-oriented mayor a friendly reminder about the high-profile nature of this particular eyesore, a short hike from the soon-to-be-christened Costco.