Upset at graffiti? You would!

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Park Slopers are confused by a slew of graffiti tags popping up along Seventh Avenue with a cryptic message: You would.

With no name or artistic flourishes, the slogan doesn’t fall under the category of traditional graffiti — except that it’s everywhere: in the F train at Seventh Avenue, on a construction fence on Eighth Avenue and 14th Street, on a traffic control box on Seventh Avenue and 12th street, and painted on a rock on 14th street near Seventh Avenue.

The tag was also seen in Williamsburg, but the phenomenon seems to be centered in the Slope.

It’s not the most eye-catching thing, but there is something about the phrase — “You would” — that has Brooklynites scratching their heads.

“I’ll bet it’s a phrase that this particular person says a lot, so he thought he’d write it,” offered Salvayon.

Chris Conti, who saw the scrawl inside the Seventh Avenue subway station, had a somewhat more philosophical take.

“I feel like it’s him saying that whatever I think it means, he would say, ‘You would think that.’”

Perhaps that’s the point. After all, no Park Sloper could say with any certainty what the phrase meant.

“It’s a very deep question,” said Seth Wischik. “Nothing comes to mind; it’s like a blank. Depends on where it is. It depends on context.”

Many jaded commuters just wish the artist had come up with something a little more interesting.

“Maybe that’s all he could think of,” said Tom Miskel.

He would say that.

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jasha7 from Flatbush says:
First off, why are you calling graffiti vandals "artists"?
Who cares what the graffiti says, if someone defaces public property, it is vandalism. They should be prosecuted.
Dec. 23, 2010, 3:20 pm
Tony B from Bensonhurst says:
This is art? What idiot decided this is news? Heads need to role over this.
Dec. 23, 2010, 5:18 pm
Hipster wanna be from A block away from Wiliamsburg says:
Wow, what great art this is. The dude should do a whole series of shows featuring this great art. Who would go cover his show: YOU WOULD! AND ONLY YOU WOULD!
Dec. 23, 2010, 5:23 pm
joe says:
hey hipster! no. not really
Dec. 25, 2010, 12:41 am
hurryupnbuy from the ridge says:
don't forget to stop by the site,
Dec. 29, 2010, 10:46 am
dude from slope says:
Who would?
Sept. 21, 2014, 10:21 pm

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