David Esrati is not a tagger

Spray Chalk Tagging the message

Spray Chalk Tagging the message

The call came before I was done with my last two “tags”- my housemate, who has had his share of run-ins with the law, was sure that he’d caught me breaking the law. You could almost hear the glee in his voice. “You know they’ve got you on camera” were the first words out of his mouth- “It’s spray chalk” was my answer, and you could almost tell that he was both bummed that he hadn’t caught me, and laughing his butt off- at the thought of the consternation I was probably causing someone trying to get a warrant issued for my arrest at this very moment.

I don’t have $30K in my war chest to spend on billboards, TV, radio etc. like Nan Whaley. And, if I did, I’d be a bit concerned on who in their right mind gives someone like her $5,500 toward a campaign for Dayton City Commission- where it takes at least three votes to pass anything (big donor did cover his bets- giving the Mayor $10K). Instead, I get stencils made at Dayton Stencil on E. 2nd Street and order Day-Glo Spray Chalk from my hometown company- The Day Glo Company in Cleveland. I’m not new to chalking sidewalks, or the issues of it’s legality- you can read some posts from my company website on chalk, Shepard Fairey, and the Greater Dayton Advertising Association here: http://www.thenextwave.biz/tnw/index.php?s=chalk+sidewalk

Spray chalk is temporary, like most candidate’s campaign promises. For me, it’s just another small pebble in my slingshot campaign against the Goliath.

If you’d like to buy a few cans of spray chalk to help the campaign- or even volunteer to help distribute literature, please go to www.electesrati.com and make a donation or join the team.

If you are here- for the first time because you saw the writing on the sidewalk, welcome. Please explore other posts- to see what Dayton’s most progressive candidate has to say about improving Dayton, and feel free to join in the conversation.


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18 Comments on "David Esrati is not a tagger"

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Mitch K

Very innovative idea, I like!


Those of us who are allergic to chalk dust will be filing an ADA complaint. ;-b

richard burks
richard burks



Very cool!
I was thinking of doing something like this to fluff my old blog back when I was starting it, but with stickers and those postcard flyers.  I like this idea better.


Wow, David, great idea. Can I get a stencil from you? I’m sure my son would be very keen to help! 

David Lauri

I ordered some fun dayglo sprayable chalk (in pink, of course).  Now all I need is a succinct stencil that says something like “Joey Williams abstained on banning discrimination against the gays; let’s abstain on voting for Joey Williams.”  That’s a too wordy, but I’ll come up with something.  Maybe “Joey D. Williams says discrimination is okay — let’s discriminate against him on November 3rd.”

Nathan Driver

I had this same idea for a local business but wasn’t sure of it – its funny to see how the city will/does over-react and waste my tax dollars.


Yeah, thanks for wasting my time today….You REALLY should get permission before you do this. I have more important things to deal with at my job, than to have to clean up your mess. This really is just a form of vandalism….yeah I’ll be sure to tell everyone to vote for you….not! What an idiot!

BTW Nathan, this is how the city is over-reacting to this. You want to talk about wasting tax dollars??? How about having workers waste time cleaning up chalk????


Who employees “Me”? the city?


Maybe “Me” is the gardner at Nan Whaley’s . . .  Excellent sniveler, though. I suggest that in the interest of harmony in the ‘hood, that such tagging be proscribed to certain kinds of public places and not for instance, the facade of the Doubletree Hotel . . . 

Nathan Driver

THANK YOU! It’s chalk people – these are things we get worked up over? Not our local gov’t wasting YOUR money on ridiculous things such as a garden on top of city hall…which I am only guessing is not open to the public.

richard burks
richard burks

I saw chalk the City Commissioners then let’s head over to the County Building and chalk that bunch!


Yes, “me” had to clean up your chalk. One of my tasks is to keep the place I work clean…. when I have to clean nonsense, my other duties get delayed, because the appearance of my workplace to the community if foremost. It has been given notice to my supervisors and they said they would to talk to David about his Vandalism…..FYI…chalk spreads through footprints and bike wheels…leaving green streaks all over the areas…. thanks again buddy….

David Lauri

I just read a story about chalk getting someone in trouble that made me think of this post. See “California Man Faces 13 Years In Jail For Writing Anti-Big Bank Messages In Chalk“:

Jeff Olson, a 40-year-old man from San Diego, Calif., will face jail time for charges stemming from anti-big bank messages he scrawled in water-soluble chalk outside Bank of America branches last year.