Prolific 71-Year-Old Graffiti Tagger Arrested in Dunedin

Categories: WTF Florida
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You'd think graffiti would be a young man's game. Especially the kind of down-and-dirty, illegal type that requires taggers to covertly leave their mark while being prepared to run like hell if anyone catches them. Well, there's always an exception to the rule.

Meet 71-year-old Charles Ignatius Wesley. He was finally arrested after leaving his tag on hundreds of telephone poles in Pinellas County over the past five years.

The initials SLA had been popping up on phone poles in the area since at least 2006. According to the St. Petersburg Times, sheriff's deputies originally thought the tag could be connected to the Symbionese Liberation Army, the left-wing radical group that made waves in the '70s by kidnapping heiress Patty Hearst.

In fact, the initials did have political meaning, but Wesley is no veteran of any pseudo-military units from the '70s. In fact, SLA stands for "Sane, Liberated Americas," a political party that likely counts Wesley as its only member. Wesley believes the party will take over the country once the economy completely falls. The 71-year-old claims the party was formed after he was appointed the 24th Elder by the Lord himself one night while he slept. Yes, his party has the word sane in it.

So, to spread his message, he soon began spray-painting poles. Deputies finally caught up to him last week after witnesses saw him tagging a pole in a vacant lot Sunday. Wesley admitted responsibility for the hundreds of tagged poles and claimed he had marked six others that day.

He was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and is being held on $5,000 bail.

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Lost
Lost

Fuck yea gramps, show em what's up!!!

Kuei
Kuei

Yup, he's bald. He does it because he's a genetic misfit.

Sam
Sam

 If you really believe that, then why would you put up a pic of yourself with a receding hairline? No need to answer sweetie, the question is rhetorical.

Ryan S
Ryan S

these young punk taggers need to be - wait, what?

Tim Hanner
Tim Hanner

This party will go nowhere in this country...it has SANE in it's name....

Mr Z
Mr Z

24th Elder? Did that come from the Honey Mooners? He is the Norton-wanabe.

Godsman_01
Godsman_01

serves him right.  I can't stand taggers, and if he is dumb enough to be THAT ridiculous when he's THAT old...I hope he has fun in jail, and I hope the judge takes the cost to paint over his garbage out of that guy's social security.

Ngc1702
Ngc1702

Go to Pops, but then, they got you. That's how it goes in the life of a tagger. You're old enough to know this I hope.

Andy
Andy

I have been in computers too long. My guess was Service Level Agreement and he made at the telephone company for breaking their SLA on repairs.

Jack Thrust
Jack Thrust

Actually it was just a shopping list, but he can't spell slaw to save his life.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Is age really nothing but a number?you can't teach old dogs new tricks

nevernot
nevernot

Gotta give him an A for effort.... I wish my gramps was that cool and crazy.

grammar
grammar

Popping up on phone POLLS?  Really?

michi
michi

and here I thought he had been leaving something cooler and not crazy on those poles. Still kind of amusing in sad, he's crazy, sort of way. 

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