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Friday, March 9, 2018

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Graffiti emblazoned on the side of a rail bridge in the Australian town of Katherine declares, “Jesus loves nachos,” and a local woman has trademarked the local graffiti in order to preserve it, according to reports, even though not all residents agree with the decision.

Toni Tapp Coutts, an author and town councilor, thinks that trademarking the graffiti will help boost local tourism, leading to the development of souvenirs such as T-shirts and towels. There are also reports of tattoos on some.

Nacho Graffiti

Those who drive through the small outback town can see the fading white writing on the side of the railway bridge. According to the Guardian, the phrase is now connected with the town and has been seen spray painted on car wrecks.

Coutts noted that the graffiti had been in place since the '80s, when some Aboriginal boys were in the Katherine area for a Christian convention. They wrote “Jesus loves.” Later, in the '90s, someone added “nachos.”

“Because it seemed like a good thing to do, obviously,” said Coutts.

Local Landmark

The town councilor went on to add that, even though the graffiti is faded now, she wanted to trademark it as a way of keeping it alive. The fact that the bridge, which is now only used by cyclists and pedestrians, is heritage-protected complicates what goes into restoring it.

Not everyone in the community loves the graffiti, however, especially some Christian members. But that does not seem in bother Coutts.

Coutts has reportedly claimed that a member of her “big family”—the Tapp family—is responsible for the graffiti, but she will not reveal who.

When asked by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation if she would split the profits with the artist, she said it depended on “how many champagnes we have while we're discussing it.”


Tagged categories: Bridges; Graffiti; Historic Preservation; Rail

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