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Morris Street public restrooms tagged by stealth artists

La Conner has more than its share of renowned artists, but there are some who choose not to sign their work.

They displayed their latest creations inside the Morris Street men’s public restrooms last week. The images were in Christmas colors, but there was hardly good cheer linked to the finished products.

At least not at Town Hall.

Initial reviews there weren’t kind.

That’s because the spray-painted walls and door of the men’s restroom bore symbols often associated with gang graffiti.

One image resembled an icon used to represent anarchy.

Such unsolicited art has become more frequent recently, according to Town officials, who intend closing the restrooms earlier – around 3 p.m. – now that tourist season is winding down.

The new plan should also reduce paperwork, they say, though not that of the office variety.

“They’ve also been taking toilet paper,” lamented Town Administrator Scott Thomas, noting that restroom vandals have been swiping wipes in addition to practicing their crude form of interior design.

Skagit County Sheriff’s deputies are gathering leads to identify the taggers. They responded to a complaint 8:30 a.m. Sept. 17.


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