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Thursday, October 23, 2014

'creepytings' Vandalizes National Parks Across the Western US

A graffiti artist calling herself “creepytings” has defaced rocks in national parks across the Western U.S., including Zion and Canyonlands in Utah. She may also have painted on rocks at Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

The graffiti is being considered a federal offense and officials are investigating. If anyone notices any suspicious behavior in any of the parks, they are encouraged to contact authorities. Apparently she has painted scenes on rocks at recognizable spots in prominent national parks. She signs all of the work with the tag, creepytings. She then photographed some of the graffiti and posted the images online.

The Deseret News has this report about the investigation. Below are excerpts.

Several Instagram and Tumblr posts made by artist Casey Nocket appear to indicate that she has painted on rocks in national parks and national monuments — including Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands national parks and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument — across the West, according to the Modern Hiker article. The Instagram account Creepytings has since been set to private, and officials did not immediately confirm that the artist was connected.

The National Park Service says this is now a federal investigation, and although it appears rangers know who the woman is, there's no word whether she has been caught yet, or even whether rangers know where she is.

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