Eugene Cho

you’ve been tagged…

We’ve been tagged – literally.  I’m not talking the game ‘tag,’ bloggers that say, “You’ve been tagged,” photo tags, or other technological mumbo jumbo.  I’m talking graffiti tag.

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First the rocks.  Now the multiple tags around the church building.  Again, I’m just thinking and hoping that it’s the nature of being a presence in the city.  And nothing more.  But it still sucks.

People like me.  People like Quest.  We’re nice.  People like me.  People like Quest.  We’re nice.  People like me. People like Quest.  We’re nice.  People like me.  People like Quest. We’re nice.

Filed under: church, emerging church, religion

6 Responses

  1. Reyes-Chow says:

    Poignant that it says “Doubt” – Maybe you can tag OVER that one that says,
    “It’s okay to doubt”
    “Doubt can bring change”
    “God can handle doubt”

    That’s just what you want to start, a tagging war!

  2. Wayne Park says:

    oh man.. it was going to happen sooner or later…
    maybe you can commission some people to do a mural.. it won’t stop the tagging but will at least incorporate it…

  3. daniel so says:

    Bruce — That reminds me of an SNL sketch I saw where Mayor Rudy G’s plan to eliminate graffiti was to take a stencil that said “Sux” and spray that onto everyone’s tag. So, for example, if the original tag said, “Tonic” then the anti-graffiti version would say, “Tonic Sux.” 🙂

    Eugene — When I was living in Philadelphia, a friend of mine who was a graffiti artist converted me into somewhat of a believer in more elaborate “pieces” both as urban protest/reclamation and legitimate artwork. However, even he was deeply annoyed by taggers who would toss up sloppy junk all over the place.

    Maybe you should try some reverse psychology on these taggers. Try to meet one of them and then be all, “That ‘graffiti’ you kids do is pretty neat. I’m thinking of trying it out myself. Here’s my tag: ‘FreshSkillzPastor’ — I would say it’s ‘2 legit 2 quit,’ wouldn’t you?” That should effectively turn them away. At least, that’s my plan to prevent my daughter from getting a tattoo in the future — I’ll get a flaming skeleton battling a dragon (maybe throw in some Led Zeppelin lyrics in the background too) across my back and then ask her if she thinks it is “radical.” 🙂

  4. leochen says:

    we should use that font from the tag and make signs and t-shirts that says “DOUBTers are Welcome here!” Make Lemon into Lemon Juice! I might need lots of sugar in this case though… =)

  5. e cho says:

    I’m still liking the

    “Turn or Burn” banner off Dravus…

  6. Wayne Park says:

    i had to lol about Daniel’s snl-inspired suggestion – doubt…sux

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