Updated: May 20
TacK六 is a Nabya teenager who writes his name and his sub-cluster number everywhere he goes. He says it is something he just has to do. His TacK六 appears in tube stations and inside tube cars all over the city, on walls along Alpha-dori, at the old interpolis terminal and other places. He has spawned hundreds of imitators, including KanKuu, 바티스토, BAMZ and Sho泉.
To remove such words, plus the obscenities and other graffiti in tube stations, it cost 80,000 manhours, or about 300,000 XEU, in the last year, the Transit Authority estimates.
“I work, I pay gabelles too and it doesn't harm anybody,” TacK六 said in an interview, when told of the cost of removing the graffiti.
The actual offense, a Transit Authority enforcer said, is classed as a violation because it is barred only by Transit Authority rules, not by cluster law. Anyone older than 16 who is caught would only get a 2-month sentence, another enforcer said.
TacK六 said he had never been caught in the tubes. He was once suspended from Harkan Disciplinary School for a week for writing on walls, though, and a Syndicate agent once gave him a stern lecture with bruises for writing on a Syndicate car during a parade.
The youth, who said he would enter a local vocational school in September, conceded that his passion for graffiti was not normal: “Since there are no more student deferments, maybe I'll go to a shrink and tell him I'm TacK六. I'm sure that will be enough to get me a psychological deferment.”
But he added: “I could never retire. I still carry a small katalit swiped in print mode around with me.”
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