Eyes squinting, Christopher is holding up his phone in front of a yellow street can streaked in black spray paint. "I was taking a picture. I never do that. It's always gone so fast." He points to the outline of a flower on the pavement. The cylindrical can takes on the form of the flower's seed head. "I painted this. Like the flower is budding. It was spontaneous. I just like to include what's already there...I used Rustoleum."
The 23-year-old from Raleigh has been living in Carrboro about three months. He is boyish and farouche, which to some, might contradict his appearance: relaxed threads, a slim 1980s skateboard and a matchstick in his left ear. He's in town to "check out the scene"...and leave his mark.
Does he know this is destruction of property? To him, it's art. Has he been caught? "Not yet, knock on wood."
But as we talk, a dark cloud emerges overhead... and he does talk about getting caught again, but this time not by authorities.
"I was hoping to get caught in the rain," he says. "It feels nice."
(photographs taken off of Greensboro near the railroad tracks in Carrboro, note: Christopher gave his approval to publish on this site)