Wednesday

No Audio

A guilty pleasure of mine is to watch that TV show, Cops, like when I’m running on the treadmill at the YMCA. I watch it without sound because I always have some sort of fast, aggressive and heavy music searing my inner ears via iPod. On the episode I watched today, two cops in Cincinnati, Ohio got dispatched to a graffiti call. The two cops arrived at the scene, an apartment building. Two guys were sitting there outside the building, beneath a long graffiti sentence. They made no move to flee, they remained still. The graffiti looked like it could have been written with a grease pencil or an oil pastel in black. It said, “I have a vision and I want to see it through.” One of the guys had black stains all over his fingers, the camera zoomed in on his hands. The guy looked like he was in his early to mid twenties. He rose and spoke with the officers. I have no idea what was being said, I just wanted to watch. For some reason it seemed like the spectacle would be more pure if I didn’t have the audio. The kid didn’t seem drunk or anything. I mean, I don’t know. He wasn’t swaying. He wasn’t shaking. He wasn’t twitchy. There was something odd about his eyes though. He looked like he was on the verge of crying if you looked at his eyeballs...but the rest of his face conveyed resolve. He seemed intent on standing there and conversing with the cops and responding to every question they put to him. After about seven minutes of questioning, the young man turned around and placed his hands behind his back. The police put handcuffs on him and escorted him to the back of their patrol car. The two police men then walked up to the graffiti on the wall. They read it and looked at each other and smiled. And then the show went to a commercial.

17 comments:

foam said...

arresting artists ..
tsk ..

daily intake said...

man, i love cops. don't get to watch it nearly enough anymore now that the kid has commandeered the tv.

laura b. said...

I think seeing it soundless was probably way better.
His artistic statement sounds like something that would show up on PostSecret...

Bobby said...

Foam, I wonder whether he got a felony or a misdemeanor - I think it depends on the price tag on the damage.

Daily, dude I know, I've been TV-less for a year. Cops-less for even longer. I got no cable, and we don't get the Fox out here in the sticks.

Laura B, Post Secret is so brilliant!

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

I kinda wonder if it was staged? It sounds like an interesting episode.. Maybe the guy was let off on a warning..

Tara said...

My mom and I used to watch COPS all the time. The theme song is hard to get out of one's head too.

My mom will mute the TV while watching baseball, because she can't stand the one sports commentator. She'll listen to the ones on the radio, though, while watching the game on TV. She's got a system down.

Bobby said...

The band that sings that - Inner Circle - is actually a pretty good Reggae band.

Yeah, sports are good to watch with no volume. Also, westerns and war movies.

Bobby said...

I hope he was let off with a warning. Maybe he'll get community service.

Indigo said...

Indigo Incarnates

I always noticed that Bush actually seemed even MORE stupid when he was on mute. You could look at his body language and see what a dolt he was.

Bobby said...

Yep. He's an affront on all senses. And on sense.

NoRegrets said...

Nice sentence he graffitied (graffiteed?). And cool to be watching it without sound. Maybe someday I will try that.

Gio D said...

I just saw this episode on TV and i googled that sentence "I have a vision..." to see if it was a lyric or quote from something. My googling brought me here. What was really odd was that initially when the cops approached the guy said he didn't have any spray paint on him. The cop said something like well we don't have anything that would hold up in court but i know you did this. Strangely the guy then later admitted that he did it to the 2nd cop. Bizarre...

Anonymous said...

I just saw that episode and like the last poster, I googled the phrase and ended up here. If you ever catch the episode again, try watching it with the sound and you will likely have a different take on the kid. I thought he was a smarmy, drunken douchebag. Just my opinion.

Melissa Ann said...

I just googled this phrase after watching the show too. I love the idea of watching cops without sound, however I am so glad I watched this one with sound! I googled this because he was very passionate about what he was talking about.. His vision.. His drive! The cops said something about money and he responded "Money is not the object here, money is the problem. We live our lives in per suit of money and that is a problem, yes." Of course he was wrong to graffiti he building but I want to talk to him so we can help each other help the world! I have a vision too and I have always known I will see it through.. Just with a more planned out method! Haha

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Anonymous said...

i have seen this episode a couple times - fabulous ,, i googled the phrase because i was really curious to find out more about the artist; what motivated him and what finally finally became of him... i want to believe that he did have a vision and i want to know what it was,, and where i can get one that would embolden me with the same sort of passion..

Unknown said...

I just saw it too. I saw he was wearing a "cramps" shirt too. Awesome! I thought he was great and DID have a vision. An interesting one. He had a personality, a voice, something unique that was his essence or something.
But his glassy eyes: he was high as fuck.