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Valentine vandals reveal romantic commitment through crime: Kenny Be's Sign Language

Rober y Pango share a temporary love in College View.
Rober y Pango share a temporary love in College View.

It is an established fact that love makes people act like fools. If the goo-goo eyes and baby talk weren't enough, fools in love often feel the need to broadcast their idiocy to others. The tools they use and the location of the valentine vandalism reveal much about a valentine vandals romantic commitment...

The hastily spray-painted caricatures on the plywood window covering above seems to suggest that Rober and Pango's relationship may be a temporary solution to a sudden problem. That the panel covers a wall opening intimates that the couple cannot clearly see that they paired quickly to patch feelings of emptiness and neglect.

The valentine vandalism shown below was scrawled onto the support mast of the 16th Street pedestrian bridge that crosses the South Platte River. The special hand position required to use a ball-point pen on a vertical surface suggests that the success of this coupling will always require extra effort. The placement on a high-traffic pedestrian suspension bridge also implies that this love will also require the validation of an endless parade of strangers at swinger's clubs.

The love of M and H is based on ball-points and poles.
The love of M and H is based on ball-points and poles.

Below, for lovers who like to get trashed...

 

Kimmy S. of Berkeley gets a trashy reminder every day.
Kimmy S. of Berkeley gets a trashy reminder every day.

The most interesting aspect of the valentine vandalism painted on the dumpster above is the punctuation. The punctuation placed at the end of "I heart U" suggests that Kimmy is both trashy and educated.

The placement of the dumpster in the alley behind the shops of the Tennyson Street Cultural District hints that Kimmy may also be artistic. That Kimmy is trashy, educated and artistic insinuates that she probably is quite popular at the Elitch Lanes, Yankee Trader, Green Acres Farmacy and beyond.

Below, a poorly planned but forever love...

 

Margaret's concrete proof of love in Civic Center.
Margaret's concrete proof of love in Civic Center.

The spacing of the words in the valentine vandalism pictured above suggests that Margaret's lover is not much of a planner. The word "you" could have easily fit on the top line, which would have left a little more room for the word "Margaret."

The overall design implies that this romantic arrangement will always be a tight fit for Margaret. However, the etching of the sentiment into a concrete corner curb hints that this coupling will always be down to earth and practically permanent.

More from our Kenny Be/Comics archive: "Gnomeo and Juliet sequels open all over town: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology."


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