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The 50 Biggest Street Art Arrests

GIRAFA, San Francisco

Date: 2009.

Punishment: $38,000 in restitution, three years probation. 

When San Jose police caught GIRAFA in 2009, they called the artist behind the nursery-style art one of "the most prolific graffiti artists in the Bay Area." He was charged with ten felony cases estimated to be worth $40,000 in damages.

"I paint giraffes to bring awareness that wild animals don't belong in zoos," he once told graff website I Love Graffiti. "Just like a painted giraffe doesn't belong on a rooftop, a city wall, or a delivery truck, right?”

GIRAFA pleaded guilty to two counts of felony vandalism and two counts of misdemeanor vandalism. He was ordered to pay $38,000 in damages to the city and property owners.

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