Graphic designer admits to ‘spraying graffiti for 30 years’
tokyoreporter.com -- Jul 29
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male graphic designer who admits to having sprayed graffiti in Shibuya Ward over three decades, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 28).

At around 4:00 a.m. on April 18, Masayuki Kanbara, 47, allegedly sprayed text over a roughly 4-square-meter area of the wooden fence of a building in the Hatagaya area.

“I’ve been spraying graffiti for 30 years, [but] I don’t have any memory as to the locations,” he told the Yoyogi Police Station in not commenting on the allegations.

According to police, Kanbara, who lives in Nakano Ward, uses the moniker “SMOKEE” when tagging buildings. His tags can be found on walls, roads and buildings in multiple locations in the ward.

Immediately after the incident in Hatagaya, a guard for the building alerted police. Officers arriving at the scene found Kanbara nearby with a can of paint that was the same color as the graffiti would on the fence.

東京・渋谷区にあるビルのフェンスに落書きをしたとして、グラフィックデザイナーの男が逮捕されました。男は「30年以上、落書きしていた」などと話しているということです。  グラフィックデザイナーの神原雅行容疑者は4月、渋谷区にあるビルの敷地内に建てられたフェンスにスプレー式の塗料を吹き掛けた器物損壊の疑いが持たれています。警視庁によりますと、落書きは約4平方メートルほどで、神原容疑者の仲間内での呼び名である「SMOKEE」という文字が書かれていたということです。ビルの管理人から通報を受けて駆け付けた捜査員が現場の近くにいた神原容疑者に職務質問をしたところ、手のひらに落書きと同じ黄緑色の塗料が付いていたということです。取り調べに対して「俺は30年以上、書いていて、どこの場所に描いたかは思い出せない」と供述しています。
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