Young Artist Turning Graffiti Vandalism into Artwork

By: Meagan O'Halloran Email
By: Meagan O'Halloran Email

Some consider graffiti harmless mischief by teenagers--others don't agree. Graffiti artists recently targeted an okaloosa county repair shop but now the vandalism is undergoing a metamorphosis.

What started out as just another run down wall with flaked paint chips and tagged graffiti has turned into something more elaborate.

Behind Vern's Auto Repair Shop on Eglin Parkway, Jonathon Yubi is transforming an eye-sore into a work of art.

"They're driving by and I'm painting. I don't just grab the brush and drop it on there, I kinda try to make it into a performance" said Yubi.

The mural is called "Intro". It's loud and exotic, and it's catching the attention of traffic passing by.

"Every painting, every sculpture, every installation--its purpose is to get a reaction out of you, so a reaction is what I like" said Yubi.

He's received both positive and negative feedback from his work, but even yubi himself isn't quite sure what it is or what it means.

"It's an outlet, a creative outlet. For everyone else, they can interpret it how they want. It can mean whatever you want it to mean".

It's a piece of art tucked away behind the auto repair shop

"You know the paint was peeling off of it and there was graffiti everywhere, so he improved the looks of my building" said repair shop owner Stan Bendorf.

Yubi spent over $400 on paint and supplies and he hopes this piece of art furthers his career and promotes the arts in Northwest Florida.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 at 07:09 PM
    I looked up this guys painting and it is kinda odd but anything is better than seeing graffiti. And he does his painting with spray cans of paint which is so cool. The colors are really great. I love to see a lot of color.
  • by jim Location: ft walton beach on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    I go from Racetrack Rd to the Bank Of America in Shalimar every day and I look forward to seeing the painting on the old Verns auto parts building on my way back to Racetrack. Lookin good.
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