Park Service ready to prosecute graffiti creep

A gathering of her peers

Feds chase criminal case against artist who marred rocks in parks

She calls it art, blah, blah, blah..

The National Park Service calls it criminal.

The agency on Thursday announced it was investigating 21-year-old Casey Nocket’s recent cross-country jaunt during which she allegedly painted faces and sketches on rock formations in as many as 10 national parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park.

The agency, which did not name Nocket, said its investigation spans the nation’s most iconic Western parks. Investigators said the woman’s vandalism was found in Yosemite and Death Valley national parks in California, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and Zion and Canyonlands parks in Utah. National Parks Traveler on Thursday posted a photo of Nocket’s trademark scribble inside Rocky Mountain National park.

The Park Service was awaiting confirmation of vandalism in Grand Canyon, Sequoia Kings, Joshua Tree and Bryce national parks.

Park officials said in a statement it takes seriously the issue of vandalism, which can be a felony when committed in a national park…

An online petition at had collected more than 2,220 signatures Thursday afternoon, urging authorities to pursue “the most serious charges” and pleading “please don’t allow her to receive a slap.”

I have no sympathy for the Let’s Pretend-to-be-Artists who feel the need to display their crap smears on someone’s home or property, a public place they choose because no one cares to come and look at their pitiful attempts at self-agrandizement.

I have no interest in confronting her graffiti when I set out to be part of nature apart from urbanscapes. As a matter of princple, I don’t need to see her mediocrity on subway walls either. I see no justification for defacing the world around us. I’ll take it as it has grown in life and art, commerce and toil, on its own terms. Play therapy for a middle-class neurotic doesn’t qualify.

Thanks, Mike

15 thoughts on “Park Service ready to prosecute graffiti creep

  1. Update says:

    4/29/16: “Arches National Park Wants Your Help to Find Vandals” Rangers at Arches National Park in Utah are considering options in addressing carvings along a 5- or 6-foot long span on a wall at the Frame Arch. They are uncertain the graffiti carved deep into the wall can be removed. The incident at Arches National Park is part of a flood of such incidents that began a couple of years ago at parks in the West. Apparently Casey Nocket was never prosecuted.

  2. TMA-1 says:

    “It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from.” Utah Department of Public Safety statement released Monday after the discovery of a 10 to 12 foot high silver metal monolith of unknown origin in a remote area of southeastern Utah. “That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying,” UDPS helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings said.

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