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Jerk Street Artist Is Barely Apologetic For Spray Painting Up Joshua Tree

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The boulder tagged by André in Joshua Tree National Park. The photo was originally uploaded to André's Instagram account but later deleted. Modern Hiker now has it on theirs. (via Modern Hiker on Instagram)
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Take a second and try to remember all the way back to February of 2015 when an article published by Modern Hiker accused alleged street artist André Saraiva of tagging up Joshua Tree National Park.

Remember how, on Instagram, Saraiva denied that the tag was in a national park by saying how "This mr was made with love at friends privet back yard and not in your national park! [sic]"? Then, do you remember how Modern Hiker continued their investigation and determined that the tag was, in fact, definitely in Joshua Tree? The comments section raged, filled with accusatory remarks directed towards Saraiva and his wanton disregard of nature and national parks.

Well, Saraiva recently sat down with the L.A. Times, over french pastries in Hollywood, to offer, basically, his apologies for spray painting up a rock in Joshua Tree. As he said to the Times, "Graffiti should only be painted on what humans have built—not on nature's land and rocks... Joshua Tree was the wrong place for it, and I am sorry."

Saraiva also remarked that he was the one who cleaned the marks off the boulder, using a toothbrush, sand and water. He criticizes outlets (just like LAist) for posting an allegedly 20-year-old image of his graffiti on a rock, supposedly in France, as evidence of defacement in Joshua tree.

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"As a result," he said to the Times, "park rangers had to spend hours and days searching for nothing."

😥 . It's not like they would have had to spend hours and days searching for nothing if there was no initial tagging.

The Times also chatted with Casey Scheiner, Modern Hiker's editor who initially broke the story. Scheiner said that he questions Saraiva's "whole 'woe is me' attitude... I wonder if he would have taken that attitude if he wouldn't have gotten caught. He had the opportunity to talk to me and clarify things. Instead, his response was instant anger."

Anyway, don't tag up national parks. It's way unchill. Back in May, more than a year after Saraiva was busted, singer Beth Orton thought it was okay to spray paint a protected Joshua Tree just outside the national park for a music video.

Guess what? It's not okay!