When KATSU tagged a spot just outside of the White House in broad daylight, the video spread around the web like wildfire. It wasn’t the biggest or baddest piece of graffiti that was ever done, but it was KATSU and it was cool. Fans were in such a rush to share the video with their friends that they forgot to, you know, watch the video properly. The video is a fake. KATSU just filmed himself doing the motions for a tag in that spot and edited the “paint” in later. Regardless of the authenticity of the video, it has received nearly 100,000 views on YouTube, so that seems like a success to me. With this video, KATSU showed very clearly that graffiti didn’t need to exist in the physical world for graffiti writers to still gain the fame that a real-world piece might get them.

Above: KATSU White House