Date
27 March 2017
The American couple are seen painting the words "Crime Time" on the body of a train parked at the MTR Kowloon Bay depot. Photo: The Grifters
The American couple are seen painting the words "Crime Time" on the body of a train parked at the MTR Kowloon Bay depot. Photo: The Grifters

MTR trains fall victim to globetrotting US graffiti artists

An American couple, who have gained notoriety for painting graffiti on trains around the world, were able to do their thing on MTR trains over the past few years.

MTR Corp. had been mum about the incidents, until a series of video clips was uploaded online on Wednesday, revealing the acts of vandalism and the lax security at the company, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

In the first video, the couple, who call themselves Ether and Utah, are seen painting the words “Crime Time” on the body of a train parked at the MTR Kowloon Bay depot.

The couple fled after a security guard came after them.

Their second attempt failed because an MTR employee grew suspicious and accosted them before they could start doing the graffiti.

In the third video, the couple sneaked into MTR Chai Wan Depot and spray-painted “MTR” on the body of a train.

Since the MTR staff apparently failed to notice their action, the couple proceeded to film the vandalized train as it passed by the stations in Shau Kei Wan, Quarry Bay and Po Lam.

Responding to media enquiries, the MTR confirmed that the three incidents took place on July 7, 2011, April 8, 2012 and March 9, 2015.

The company said the incidents had been reported to the police, but did not say if any of the suspects had been arrested.

According to foreign media reports, the couple, whose real names are Danielle Bremner (Utah) and Jim Clay Harper (Ether), have been notorious for their sneak graffiti attacks on trains around the world.

They have traveled to Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, where they have marked their presence with graffiti on trains. Hong Kong was the 10th stop of their world tour.

They have filmed their actions, and turned the videos into CDs for sale.

According to Apple Daily, Ether was arrested by Australian police in May this year as the couple were putting graffiti on trains and walls at the Melbourne Station, but Utah managed to escape and got on a flight to Hong Kong.

Ether was later jailed for six months.

An MTR spokesman warned that defacing trains and other property of the train operator with graffiti or through any other means is a criminal offense, adding that the company has stepped up security and patrols to guard against vandals.

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