CROOK

Seriously?!?!

This is graffiti on a tree.
That's right.
A tree.
A Ficus actually.
Look how beautiful she is!

I am sad.

I cannot scrub it off of her.
I cannot paint over it.
I could strip the bark of of her, but that would be like a big tree ouchie.

I am sad.

I am sad because whoever did this is SO detached from a natural world, that these thoughts never crossed their mind. 
This tree is living, breathing...helping us breathe.

This tree is in front of my house...
so now every time I pull in/out of the driveway I am sad.

24 comments:

  1. I'm so sad for you and the tree.

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  2. That is HORRIBLE! I am so sad for you. I am sad for the person who did it - what a loser (sorry I know that is mean).

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  3. Can you paint over it a little in a colour more in tune with her bark coloring? Or perhaps even something artistic -to help at least try and conceal her scar? Or maybe yarn bomb her. She will heal, and in time the scar will just be part of who she is, same as any of us.

    xB

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  4. oh no!!!! still though, what a lovely tree. xo

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  5. This is truly horrible. Here are some ideas I found with a brief Google search:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5151349_remove-graffiti-trees.html
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080407112924AAZIw8Q

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  6. How distressing! Such a magnificent tree.

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  7. What about knitting or crocheting a little scarf-like thing for the tree to cover it up? If you do a goodle search for "knitting graffiti" you'll find lots of examples.

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  8. that makes my heart sad too. wtf is up with people? where can i move to where people like that don't exist?

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  9. I love Jane's idea! I too would be heartbroken.

    Sending you and the tree healing energy.

    Namaste, Nicole

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  10. Whoa Jane...you've opened up a whole can of worms. I am so excited! I'm totally going to knit a bandaid for it. Yes!

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  11. Oh no, I'm so sorry for your tree! I was going to suggest a knitted cozy for the tree as well, but I see that you've already gotten that suggestion, so I'll just echo it. Best of luck!

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  12. My brother's family used to live near this town and that's where I first heard of it...http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/03/knit_graffiti_in_yellow_spring.html

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  13. that was going to be my suggestion...knit a cozy for this sweet tree or wrap it in yarn. she will enjoy a nice warm cuddle. ;) so sorry this happened!

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  14. love the band aid idea....
    so sad....but maybe the person who did it will regret it one day...

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  15. Maybe it might be worth it to leave a sign by the tree. Share what the tree means to you, and what it does for all of us, and why you are sad...just as you did in this post. Maybe it will wake someone up, or I guess it might involve more trouble...I don't know. I am sorry this happened.

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  16. Perhaps a lovely handcrafted burlap bandaid? that is very disheartening indeed :(

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  17. maybe we could knit a cozy....make it like a first aid sign...or the color of a band-aid ;)

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  18. It is terrible, I am sad for all those trees that once lived and grew so beautifully in much of the USA that have now been chopped for grazing or agriculture now creating a dustbowl and exhausted land, not to mention the biggest drought ever. My thoughts are with you.

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  19. yikes! i just woke up after halloween and found the exact same tag on the neighbor's fence across the street (we live in orange!). that make me more upset!

    also, i really enjoyed reading about your experience with tanaka farms...that's how i found your blog.

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  20. Rachel - Weird, Orange is kind of far...whatever it's just silly.
    So are you getting the Tanaka CSA box now?
    xo

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  21. hhhmm, perhaps a little fine grain sand paper? poor dear. xo jayna

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  22. I know this post is really old, but I had to add my thoughts... Instead of being sad every time you see the tree, you could think healing thoughts for the tree, but also for the person who tagged your tree, who is obviously in need of some love and light in his/her life...
    As for me, a neighbor decided to clear their lot... with a bulldozer... and every time I look out the window I want to cry for the beautiful (really old) trees that were lost there :,(

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