Tagging trains is one aspect of graffiti culture that you don't really see these days for various reasons. Some adventurous soul will do it once in a while and it's a big deal for a day or two, and then everybody forgets. This latest incident in Boston on the other hand is one that people won't soon forget, especially those who work for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Transit police are searching for the taggers responsible for vandalising two trolleys that were on display at the Boylston Street Station. The trolleys were painted with the names "FUGUE" and "CIGA," tags that definitely not new to the Boston area. The trolleys are said to be of the last of their kind, the first having been built in the '50s at the Pullman-Standard Company and the second in 1924 by the Brill Car Company for the Boston subway system.
According to Boston Magazine, MBTA officials would not say how the taggers got access to the trains (which are displayed behind a metal gate) but they did say that Transit Police have surveillance footage that will hopefully lead them to the vandals. Cleaning the graffiti off of the trolleys will be a much harder job than cleaning a normal subway car, and probably way more expensive.
[via Boston Magazine]