The “Fast Life’ mural that was to be painted over by Scott Gerber at the Tube Dude Factory appeared to show gang signs of the West Side Crips, the inverted W. One of the MTO ”Fast Life” mural team members was a guy by the name of Roger, see insert above, who had posted photos of himself and his girl friend on Facebook giving the West Side Crips gang sign, also note gun in his waistband, click on image above to enlarge. Roger was apparently working for Denise Kowal and Austin Kowal at their T-Shirt Shop “Clothesline” 533 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota FL. Roger was arrested in Sarasota during February 2012 on Felony aggravated battery charges, nice MTO team member.
At a recent community meeting, and in a door-to-door survey of neighbors, more opposition arose to the mural and what some perceive as its image that is possibly gang-related or relates to slang used in prisons (IT IS).
Area resident Maynard Hiss, who attended the town hall meeting late last month and participated in the survey, said many are concerned about the negative connotation of the “fast life” message for children in the community…MORE FROM THIS SOURCE.
Rise Magazine editor Michael Paragon says…”After sitting through a City Hall meeting and hearing the mural controversy rear its head again, I had to question the motivations of a man who appears to be on a mission. I’m speaking of Scott Gerber, owner and creator of “The Tube Dude” fad! His apparent defiance over what seems to be a “no brainer” may be the result of a differing in backgrounds than the rebel without a cause act.”
Denise Kowal and Lori Escalera, who lives in the LA area and promotes Chalk Street Painting, have a vested interest in continuing to have taggers like MTO come to Sarasota for future Chalk Street Painting festivals, money talks, and Lori Escalera has a lot to say for an outsider who has no clue on the surge in violence in Newtown.
MTO aka Mateo never reveals his real and/or full name, claims he is from France but lives in Berlin GR, taggers that won’t reveal their full name usually have a criminal record or outstanding warrants, so what is MTO’s deal? Sarasota does not need the LA gang “experience” promoted via street taggers like MTO.
Tagger MTO provides Graffiti on buildings and walls and gets paid for it, see his gang influenced work above, not too long ago he would have been arrested for “his work”.
Tagging advocate Lori Escalera says on SNN6 News..Do you think a gang member is going to pick up a gun and shoot someone just because he saw the Tube Dude Crips gang mural… Uh yeah, read below.
Crips Gang/Set Los Angeles, California,US
Founded by; Raymond Washington and Stanley “Tookie” Williams (executed in prison).
Years active; 1969–present
Ethnicity; mostly African American with some members white, hispanic, Asian.
Membership; 30,000-35,000 gang members
Livin the Fast life Criminal activities; Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, burglary and ID theft.
Allies; Folk Nation,Gangster Disciples, La Raza, Black Guerrilla Family,
Rivals; Bloods, People Nation, Ñetas, Hoover Criminals Sureños (SUR 13).
Crips are publicly known to have an intense and bitter rivalry with the Bloods and lesser feuds with some Chicano gangs (SUR-13). Stanley “Tookie” Williams met Raymond Lee Washington in 1969, and the two decided to unite their local gang members from the west and east sides of South Central Los Angeles in order to battle neighboring street gangs and kill them. Most of the members were 17 years old.
Family/Set/Gang Name:West Side Crips
Gang hand sign: “C” and “W” crossed fingers
Family/Gang Rules of the “Set”:
– Do not attack other family members or faction members with no reason.
– Do not capture/takeover other family’s HQ/Base with no reason.
-Be Down till you die
-Respect da O.G…leader
West Side Crips Rank names:
-Rank 1:New Foo
-Rank 3:Young crip
-Rank 4:Gangsta crip
-Rank 5:Lil O.G
-Rank 6:Street O.G (leader)
West Side Crips….Background story in their own words “Livin the Fast Life”; When Marcus McVey and his brother was just babys an there family was mostly Crips, so there for that’s what they became and they grew up on SF. 5years past by and there mother was in the kitchen cooking for her family, then out of nowhere they heard something like”Bloodz Bitch”, then shots started popping off and Marcus his brother ran under the table and put their hands over their heads and started crying,then closed there eyes. After all the shooting they open their eyes and saw there mother laying on the floor dead. When Marcus and his brother got 13 they asked their father (Raul “OG” Banks) could they be down with the set (gang), and their father asked them” are you sure you ready for what you about to take,” and Marcus and his brother said,” yes. When his father took them to the backyard the dogs started barking,and it was dark and raining, then their father did a sound, (Criiiiiiiiiip) next thing you know five of their fathers YC’s came out( Young Crips ),so Marcus and his brother looked surprise and said,” Lets do it”.
After, 15min past by Marcus and His Brother , and gave them their blue flags. Now Marcus and his brother went to school starting fights, breaking rules, and out right out of control so they kicked them out of school. Then the streets became there school they learned more and more about there set. Then one morning they woke up and all they could think about was money. Marcus and his brother use to walk down the street and see people with new shoes on an new clothes an all they had was some cut up pants and a musucle shirt , so they figured why not rob them. Marcus robbed every cornor shop he knew in Los Santos and his brother robbed couple of people at that and made like 3000$ all together in one day untill his father told them” you dont need all that money sons, you could of just ask me, but i use to do the same thang yall did egared for money”. They hated asking for money, they wanted to earn it their own way, but they did what they father told them to do and stopped robbing people.
Then 6 years past by they was sitting on the porch with their homies on LS down the street from the store, then a red impala was riding in there hood so they flag the car down and said,”Yo homie you need something”, so the impala hit a U-turn then the dude pulled up in John and his brother face and on the side of the car they saw, Compton Bloodz so Marcus said, “ Wrong hood homie”, and the dude in the red impala said,” what you say little cracka”, so his brother took that very offensive so he pulled the man out his car and start beating the blood to his knees in 3 hits, then his father came outside and grab his brother an said,” what the fxxx is wrong with you boy”, Marcus was speech less, so his father took his brother in side and while he was in the house Marcus and his homies start whooping the blood also and left him on the curb half dead. Marcus and his brother knew they started a war therefore they didn’t give a fxxx so they made their own click with their homies called the Westside Crips and went head up with anybody that got in their way.
LA “West Side Crips” Gang Sign Mural On Tube Dude Building in Sarasota, Tagging Courtesy of MTO. “Livin the Fast Life” gets you dead or in prison, Tube Dude owner in Sarasota needs to wake up.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com