Artist Employed by London Olympics Convicted of Graffiti Vandalism

Glynn Judd, a graffiti artist who worked on the backdrops of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, has pleaded guilty to 15 counts of graffiti vandalism at Blackfriars Crown Court in central London. According to the Evening Standard, the 40-year-old artist was sentenced to 16 months in prison for spray painting subway trains between 2006 and 2011 with the tag Noir, causing an estimated £32,000 ($52,000) in damage to city property.

Speaking before the court, prosecutor James Norman described the tracking of Judd’s activities to a Meeting of Styles graffiti convention in 2011. A subsequent search of his home by police, he said, revealed an array of graffiti paraphernalia, as well as bolt cutters, a London Underground reflector jacket, and even a notebook with lists of locations where trains could be found stationary overnight. Judd also pleaded guilty to possessing CS spray, an illegal form of tear gas.

Norman referred to the defendant as a “prolific and determined” vandal, well-known in graffiti circles, though there was evidence that he has been involved in a variety of occupations that are perfectly legal — including a project he claims is in the works to beautify basketball courts in Hertsmere, a few miles north of London. “I am hoping to get some funding so I can involve the local community more,” he wrote on his Web site, “and get the local kids to design and apply some street art that they can be proud of.”

— Reid Singer

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