April 18, 2006, - 5:26 pm

Is This Real?: Did Hip-Hop Designer Vandalize Air Force One?

Is this video (click on plane/upper left-hand pic), of hip-hop clothing designer/ubiquitous punk, Marc Ecko, breaking into a U.S. Air Force Base and spray painting graffiti on Air Force One, for real? Looks like it.
And if it is, it’s quite disturbing. We think the U.S. Secret Service (and U.S. Air Force agents, too) ought to be paying him a visit . . . and sending him on a lengthy visit to cell block H.
Ecko, the White punk who thinks he’s Black, and is a gazillionaire from his urban “Ecko Red,” “Ecko Unlimited,” and other clothing lines, sees himself as some sort of crusader for the right to commit vandalism a/k/a graffiti on other people’s property. Read his blog about his absurd cause and his silly video (upper right hand corner) about how he’s mad that New York City will only sell spray paint and broad-tipped markers to 21-year-olds and up. He praises “subway art.”

“Still Free”: Alleged Graffiti on Air Force One by Hip-Hop Designer Marc Ecko

(after Allegedly Breaking & Entering)

Again, it ain’t art. It’s vandalism that costs taxpayers millions. Ecko thinks it’s about free speech. But free speech never involved using someone else’s property (without their permission) as your tabula, canvas, or personal soapbox. Ecko says he “tagged” (spray-painted) Air Force One because “the President can’t fly around like a rock star talking about how America’s the greatest country in the world,” when graffiti is restricted. Huh? Who let this guy out of the asylum?
If this video of Ecko spray painting OUR property–as in Air Force One–is legit (and it looks like it is), that’s vandalism. And if it’s that easy for this punk to do so, how hard would it be for terrorists to get close to the plane or plant explosives on board?
So, is it for real? Ecko says it is. And if it is, what is Ralph Basham, Secret Service Director, doing about it?

Attention Feds: Put Vandal Marc Ecko & Ecko Unlimited Out of Business

Basham is an Arab American we are proud of here at because he is a patriotic, loyal American who sought to fight Islamic terrorism. In a secret memo (a copy of which we have in our possession), Basham tried to protect the turf of the Secret Service and U.S. Customs in investigating terrorism money laundering, counterfeiting and funding cases. He protested a Memorandum of Understanding signed by then DHS and Justice sachems Tom Ridge and John Ashcroft, giving all terrorism cases to the FBI. (Though, Basham is soon out of the Secret Service, as he’s awaiting Senate confirmation of the President’s nomination of him to head up Customs and Border Protection.)
Now, though, we wonder how this annoying punk of a hip-hop designer got so close to Air Force One, if he actually did (if this is for real).
Very scary. If anyone knows more details on this, please contact me and/or write about it in the comments section.
****UPDATE: Reader Eric says that it is FAKE (was staged)! Who knows?

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7 Responses

It was staged:

Eric on April 18, 2006 at 7:07 pm

“F” Ecko! His clothes are crap that never fail to find their way to the clearance and throw-away racks at Ross, T.J. Maxx, and .99 Cent Stores all across the country. Hip-Hop, Rap Music, and the “Urban” lifestyle are nothing more than a celebration of stupidity. I’m just keepin’ it real, yo’! ‘Cuz i’m ‘da why-to-da-eye-witda’-double dee-eye-and ‘da essaych, flexin’ ‘da ess-tee-double E-to ‘da el.

Yiddish Steel on April 18, 2006 at 11:07 pm

Ah yes,hip-hop culture where else can you get “props” for ignorance and lack of education,besides prison. Yo Yiddish Steel!You seriously cracked me up this morning!Great post! You iz da bomb!

Chiefscotty24 on April 19, 2006 at 11:26 am

So, Ecko wouldn’t mind if I spray paint his mansion or his offices or his cars?

The_Man on April 19, 2006 at 10:49 pm

Just another wannabe “wigger.” He’s a cliche and too stupid to know it. This shit-stain with no real street credibility wouldn’t last a day on the streets here in L.A.

Rich B on April 19, 2006 at 11:29 pm

Wow. This is like a job application for FOX News, Debbie. You took an EXTREMELY poorly researched story (the disclaimer which says the video doesn’t depict a real event is right on the website!), and used it to draw all kinds of neo-fascist, racist conclusions. Nice!
In the meantime, before your national syndication, heres some food for thought:
this is from kuala lumpur, not a free city by any means. this kid wasn’t risking a fine or a night in jail. he could have had his arms broken if he was caught. the piece took 9 minutes.
funny that you same fascists who want to stroll the globe ‘exporting democracy’ don’t understand a goddamn thing about what it looks like.

bernard@knowmore.org on April 20, 2006 at 1:57 pm

You know, when I read this kind of crap about how tax payers pay for this and that, it really makes me mad about the argument on if graffiti is art or not.
Look, if you think you are so correct, pick up some good spray paint, (i am sure if it isn’t art, any spray paint will do. Wrong.)and do some graffiti that looks better than ecko can do.
All of you against graffiti, i can see why but not all graffiti is illegal. There are public walls that people paint on legally and some business owners allow it on their buildings because SOME people appreciate ART. Debbie Schlussel, you’re an idiot.

Scott on November 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

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