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Spokane artists revamp murals after vandals tag them

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The unique murals adorning certain buildings and underpasses are a familiar sight in downtown Spokane.

Right now, artists are having to revamp them because taggers are vandalizing them. The murals however, are actually supposed to discourage spray painters.

Near Maple and Second in downtown Spokane, there’s a wall that nobody can miss. It’s filled with bright colors and pictures that stand out.  "We get people who walk through Browne's Addition through here. They think it's a better walk now as to opposed when it was just plain. Keeps the taggers away mostly,” said Cain Benson, an artist in Spokane.

Cain and Todd Benson are revamping their mural, because something on it doesn’t belong. "It got tagged last year and we came and fixed it and it got hit again," said Cain.

There's random handprints, words, scribbles, and a smiley face on their mural. "Tagging is very selfish. It's usually something you don't understand, only the tagger themselves knows. We are going to freshen it (our mural) up," said Cain.

Cain says their mural by Maple and Second has been up for about six years. Within those six years, its been hit five or six times. "It probably is minimal. Before that, there were tags all along it," said Cain.

There’s a big difference in other areas of Spokane. Where there isn’t a mural, tagging and graffiti can plaster walls.

Cain and his brother are just glad that they can help make the city a better place.  “Love it. It helps the community out," said Cain.

The city is always trying to prevent tagging or graffiti, even in neighborhoods. Click here for more information.

The executive director of Spokane Arts, Melissa Huggins, manages the Mural Program across the city. She says the Mural Program started in the 1990's. She says places like the Garland Art Alley used to be a spot for tagging but since the art went up, it has helped businesses and neighbors in the area and has detracted taggers.

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