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"I predict a lot of intense mischief, and a lot of puzzled property owners," the prolific NYC-based tagger Seka replied when I asked his opinion of KATSU's project. Seka said that, although he is not sure he would build his own ICARUS, he definitely wants to experiment with one. He speculated that the challenge of building an ICARUS might dissuade a large portion of vandals. "Maybe if graff drones were available at Home Depot, and one could rack them, then people would probably be all about them. "
"Graffiti writers have been hitting the top of buildings for years, and they need no drones," explained the founder of the graffiti blog bombingscience.com, who would only identify himself as "Fred." "Maybe the drone thing will be exciting for a couple of nerdy graffiti writers. But 99 percent of them will still hit the rooftops by all means necessary."Others see it as antithetical to the spirit of the art form. For many, the physical challenge and peril of graffiti and vandalism is what it's all about, and the graffiti drone eliminates that element of the experience."At the end of the day, writers around the world will still be climbing and risking their lives for those highest spots," a representative from the blog Graffuturism, who refused to even give his or her first name, wrote in an email."I don't dislike the drone idea," explained Seka, "I just don't predict it having the same energetic punch and passion as a raw street tag.""It's like the US bombing the Middle East," wrote the Graffuturism rep. "You are out of the line of fire."
'Imagine sitting on a rooftop at night while your drone tags the building across the street,' said KATSU. 'You could paint a rooftop on one busy street corner then fly over and paint one across the avenue.'