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Controversial graffiti writer from New York City splashes Detroit with fire extinguisher-propelled paint

New York City graffiti writer Katsu appears to have hit several buildings in Detroit recently with paint propelled from a rigged fire extinguisher.

At least four buildings were targeted, some as recently as this weekend. Some believe the controversial painter also was behind the recent vandalism of the 90-year-old CPA building on Michigan Avenue, which recently was bombed with turquoise paint from a fire extinguisher.

Katsu’s graffiti is controversial because it’s often described as ugly, reckless and effortless. Katsu rigs fire extinguishers to propel paint dozens of feet in the air. He usually scrawls his name, Katsu, on the side of buildings and often paints over other graffiti.

He’s been seen painting on a homeless man in New York City, and brazenly tagged the side of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

One of his most recent works is splattered on the abandoned Hotel Eddystone on Cass near Temple, where Katsu’s name appears in red paint, scrawled over existing graffiti. It’s so new that red paint still covers snow from this past weekend.

“Katsu” also appears on the side of a building one block north on Cass and the facade of a factory at Grand River and Fenkell.

Other fire extinguisher work cropped up in the past month.

Katsu acknowledged his work isn’t necessarily eye-popping.

“Graffiti is not art,” Katsu said in a video for the art mag Juxtapoz. “Decorative graffiti is wack, and the easier the graffiti the better.”

He adds:  “Graffiti writers should love graffiti, and people in the public should hate it.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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  • MoPaidhomieforliefpaidnmaid ThaDreppinmahomies EazyeRiprealthugs

    katsue is dope stop hating on his shit

  • Jake R

    I think any idiot, from New York, who comes to Detroit to gawk at our ruins, should be shot on the spot. Keep the trust fund hipsters out of Detroit.

  • Jake R

    Can Banksy come back, and can this talentless hack go back to Brooklyn?

    • Tommy Blingshyne

      banksy sucks

  • jack

    katsu sound like faggot! he do wear his tight pants as fag! fuck katsu!

  • skeeter dizzle s.w.detroit

    katsu smashes …………that video is dope
    yall haters fuck off ..take a look around u

  • Brendan

    If anyone sees this guy contact police, it’s the most ugly tag

  • theD

    If I see this idiot in my town, I’m going to paint him red and send him back to New York. Come to think of it, he can take Rob Parker back with him.

  • Lorri Weir

    In his words “graffiti is not art”, true at least when discussing his.

  • BomberSquare

    This guy’s a hoot. He represents the dark side of graffiti people like to ignore. I doubt that he did the unsigned vandalism on Grand River, though. That would be a waste of time for someone who is trying to attract attention to their name.

  • jennyc

    he sucks!

  • eno

    transpose a few letters for the troof of it. SUK AT

  • E Beale

    Change your name to crapo since that’s what your work is. Douche

  • petermarkus66

    Write your name under a poem and maybe then I’ll listen.

  • Chip

    What a f bag. I agree with bebow. Plus should get a ouch in the gut form ever residence.

  • amy

    Tell that joke to go back to nyc

  • bebow

    This a-hole should be hunted down and forced to clean up the mess he made with a toothbrush.