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Video: A Day In The Life Of A Man Who Removes L.A.'s Graffiti

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A short video follows a day in the life of a man whose job is to remove tagging and graffiti from the streets of Los Angeles.

YouTuber Tom Explores Los Angeles spent one day shadowing Larry. Larry has been painting over tagging and graffiti on the streets of L.A. for 20 years. Tom first met Larry after Tom's house was tagged and Larry showed up to paint over it. Together, they cruise the streets in Larry's truck.

Larry explains how after eating breakfast in the wee morning hours and caring for his ailing mother, he shows up for work at about 4 a.m. Larry used to work in the Eastern San Fernando Valley, but has been in Highland Park for the past year and a half. He enjoys meeting people and animals, looking at local architecture and not sitting behind a desk all day. He doesn't seem fazed by painting the same walls over and over again, or when those responsible for the tagging get on his case.

"We try to remain pretty much neutral," he says. "We don't take sides with one gang or another. We just do our job. We see graffiti—no matter what type it is, no matter who does it—we see it, we get rid of it, we move on to the next one."

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Larry says it's something different every day, and there is always something new to learn with new problems to solve.