From time to time, I would stumble across the work of the notorious Skin tagger in the southeast Portland neighborhood where I used to live, and where Skin Kadash still lives.
Though I no longer live in Portland, I do visit fairly regularly. On the off chance I see the Skin tagger strike again, I will document his nefarious deeds here.
Yesterday, while on my way to the Murder by the Book Farewell Party (so sad!), I grabbed this pic of another Skin Tag. I’d noted it once before, but neglected to grab a photo at the time. Then, not long after, friend and fellow writer Chuck Caruso mentioned seeing this one and asked what I knew about it.
Not much, of course … except I didn’t do it!
This one is on a Dumpster on SE 32nd just down from Hawthorne. That puts it outside the area I most typically find Skin Tags. This, of course, means I will be more alert for them no matter where I am around town.
It’s been a while since I last saw one, and had just about decided the neighborhood Skin Tagger had moved on, perhaps to new environs, if not to a new sobriquet. But the other day as I pulled out of the parking lot of the Walgreen’s at the corner of SE Holgate and 82nd here in Portland, what did I see?
This one was on the backside of the Quizno’s—as you can see, a canvas others have chosen as well. Once again, I do not approve of this.
The first time I saw a Skin tag was on the mailbox outside Rain or Shine Coffee House. I don’t mean to imply I favor vandalism, but I did feel an immediate thrill. While I doubt the tagger knows anything about Skin Kadash, for a moment I could pretend he was not only real, but had gone on a mad graffiti jag.
Then, of course, the tiny and mostly atrophied serious side of me thought, “Mr. Skin Tagger, what you did is very wrong. Now let me take a picture of it.”
Today, when I stopped in at Rain or Shine for beans and a cappuccino, I saw the graffito had been painted out. Alas, it was a quick job with paint that didn’t really match. I think it looked better before the Skin tag was eradicated. Maybe I’m biased though.
And so I stumble across another Skin Tagger Attack. I think I saw this one before, but I can’t remember if I documented it. Another one on Powell Boulevard, not too far from the last one at SE Powell and SE 71st.
The Skin tagger strikes again. I still don’t approve, yet I still document it. This was on the window of a shop at the corner of SE Powell and SE 71st.
In recent months, I’ve come across a number of tags by one “Skin.” Naturally I’m intrigued by who this might be. Not Skin Kadash, of course, and yet someone from his general environs. Here’s the latest I came across, written on the window of a shop in the Montevilla neighborhood, east of Mount Tabor.
My feelings are mixed. On the one hand, it’s kinda fun to stumble across Skin’s name in my neighborhood. On the other hand, tagging someone’s window or wall is a douchey thing to do. Color me conflicted on the matter of Skin tags.
Revisions are when you get to get to move the darts onto the bullseye while no one is looking.