The National Park Service is investigating a woman who appears to have traveled from New York to several Western states in recent weeks in order to paint pointless, embarrassingly unsightly drivel all over a bunch of America’s most pristine and most iconic national parks.
The crap sketcher is Casey Nocket, Modern Hiker reports.
Nocket, 21, left her trail of twaddle in nearly a dozen federally-protected parks including Yosemite National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.
She also proudly documented her crimes on Instagram — which should make the eventual raft of felony vandalism charges easier to prove once the Park Service locates her.
Before that deletion, Nocket had been defending her utter lack of artistic ability and her brazen defacements.
A social media exchange in which Nocket participated as “creepytings” went like this:
wordgebra: “Is that paint or chalk?”
creepytings: “I know, I’m a bad person”
Nocket also has or had a “Creepytings,” Tumblr page.
On Thursday, she was defending the shockingly bad national park doodles on Tumblr.
“It’s art, not vandalism,” she insisted, according to the Post. “I am an artist.”
She also compared her god-awful renderings to the work of Banksy, the English graffiti artist and political activist. And she claimed the mantle of feminism.
The “Q & A” section of the Tumblr page claims that Nocket abandoned it and someone else has taken over. As of Oct. 27, a writer at “Creepytings” was asserting that “art and vandalism can overlap.” The writer also called someone a “faggot.”
A WhiteHouse.gov petition demanding that federal authorities apprehend Nocket and charge her with serious crimes — not some slap on the wrist — has garnered over 9,000 signatures as of early Monday morning.
Nocket’s uncle, Ed Nocket, told the Post his niece is a “good girl” with “a lot of talent” who is “not seeing that she is doing something that is not condoned.”
Graffiti and vandalism in America’s national parks has been a growing problem in recent years, as two-bit trespassers have realized they can be instantly famous by posting their defacements on social media.
Very few of the people who vandalize national parks are caught, but the costs to eliminate graffiti and other scribbling is easily hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
“It’s not like we have a slush fund to go and clean up vandalism,” a national parks spokesman told The New York Times. “Dealing with this means we’re not doing something else.”