Or in this case scratching, but I’m getting ahead of myself. You know those stalls in the bathroom that everyone writes all over? You can’t tell me you haven’t noticed them; they’s at least one in every facility. Most commonly found in public high schools and Walmart restrooms, these graffiti stalls are generally covered in sharpie writings of obnoxious teenagers and or angry drunks, I should think, about who loves who, who was there and random, usually crude, greetings to other stall patrons.
I remember a show from my childhood about two middle school hall monitors, a cool black boy and a goth girl, who went around solving crimes in the school. It was animated, naturally. There was one episode which involved someone vandalizing brand new bathroom stalls in the girls restroom. As was the way of the show, they made it all very over dramatic, even having the two main characters consulting a “convicted graffiti-er” who was known to cover an entire classroom in graffiti with a Micky mouse pencil. Maybe that’s why this is the only episode that sticks out in my memory. Naturally no school, middle or otherwise, is that dramatic. LP may have come close, but then again, when I was there, they didn’t really have that problem.
I’m surprised, honestly, that it isn’t much of a problem at Geneva. Honestly I’ve only found one stall in which the graffiti was excessive and noticeable and… well existed. Geneva’s stalls are clean for the most part, save for one particular stall. This isn’t your average stall graffiti, though. Nope, this is something a little bit more destructive. In one particular ground floor ladies room, in the stall at the end by paper towel dispensers there is a stall in which girl apparently spend too much time. Why do I say this? Well there is graffiti scratched into the paint of the restroom wall. Yeah, in the paint. They chipped pictures into it. No slander of any kind, not even the always popular “so-in-so was here” just lost of fandoms leaving their marks.
I have to admit, I like to go in there sometimes, just to look at what people have chipped in there recently. They recently very poorly painted over the whole thing with white paint. The wall is gray, this painting was not very effective. You can still see all of the drawings and so forth. There is some sharpie work but it’s the carvings in the wall that are impressive. For instance, the first time I went in I noticed someone had chipped the Hunger Games logo into wall. It’s very impressively done, considering it’s on a bathroom wall scratched into some old paint. This past week I found a TARDIS scraped out of the paint with the details written in pen, presumably by another Whovian. Why do I say that, you ask? Because the same pen was used to write “hello my fellow whovian” next to it, with a responding “hello” below it. Apparently the stall wall is now a place of communication between fandoms.
What really intrigues me about this particular stall is the amount of time I’m sure it takes to etch these illustrations into the paint. Why has that much time and why are they spending it in the bathroom stall? Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t spend that much time in general in the bathroom and especially not in public restrooms if I can help it. I mean, I’ve seen scratch writing in other restrooms, but these pictures go beyond crude safety pin made letters. These people are shaping Daleks out of chipped paint. I have to wonder if these are on-going projects or if someone just decided to skip class and sit in the ladies room defacing public property. Okay, that sounds a bit harsh. In truth I am rather amused by these little wall scrapings. Still, I can’t help but wonder how long these things take. Not that I would ever try it for myself, mind you. I’m not artistically inclined enough, or patient enough, or devoted enough to any one fandom that I would want to give them a place on the wall.