WaPo's Borf Worship
For the last year almost every neighborhood in Washington DC has been vandalized by some punk calling himself "Borf." It seems that everywhere I go, be it Georgetown, Cleveland Park, Foggy Bottom, Dupont, Woodley Park, Chinatown, Eastern Market, Virgina, etc, etc, the street signs are all tagged with the word "Borf," the trash cans all read "Borf," even USPS mailboxes are defaced with the word "Borf." This "borf" fellow has easily done hundreds of thousands, if not MILLIONS in property damage to private and federal governemnt property.
I used to pray that I would catch this unknown punk in the act of defacing something with the moniker "borf." He's a vandal, and worse than that, he's a felon. - I wanted so much to make a citizens arrest of this bozo.
It looks like I'm not going to get that chance, since the punk has just been apprehended. And just who is Borf? An 18 year old punk named John Tsombikos from Great Falls, Virginia.
And even though punk John Tsombikos is both felon and a vandal, the Washington Post has nothing but nice things to say about him - they don't call him a "felon" or a vandal, instead, they call him only an "artist." They call his year long million dollar spree of felonious property damage a "months-long campaign ... intended to enlighten Washington." They praise him for managing to spell a few words correctly ("Borf seemed quite conscientious about matters of spelling and punctuation"), and even reveal that reporters at the Washington Post have known his identity for MONTHS now and did nothing to stop him.
Let me say that again - the Washington Post knew the identity of a person causing millions of dollars of property damage to the city and they did nothing. Gee, sounds like a "scoop" to me, so why did they sit on it?
We learn a little more about Borf from the Post's ridiculous romanticized vision of him:
- If you followed Borf graffiti carefully, ... you'd have noticed that he sort of disappeared in the last few months. That's because ...he was traveling in Europe, stopping off in Scotland to protest the G-8 summit.
- he had been avidly involved in peace marches and other protest efforts, and his graffiti appeared to be an outgrowth of that.
- "I've got plans," he said ominously, sitting out on U Street, eating a vegetarian burger from Ben's Chili Bowl. "Maybe like a manifesto."
- Once upon a time, Borf said, he was "just, like, some liberal, like anybody," but then he started reading, and found out he really wanted to be an anarchist. He decided he doesn't believe in the state, capitalism, private property, globalization. Most of all, he doesn't believe in adulthood, which he considers "boring" and "selling out."
- Borf recently turned 18, a fact he revealed with hesitation because "I'm against age. It's just another way of dividing people."
- "People all heading downtown," he said. "Like, it's ridiculous if you think about it. Like, Orwellian-ridiculous. And they do this with so-called free will."
- He is fond of phrases like: "Property is theft, as Prudhomme says."
- It bothers him that those younger than 18 can't vote, "as much as I don't believe in voting or anything."
OK, I've given up on listing these things. Clearly, John "Borf" Tsombikos, the rich kid from Great Falls, VA, is a f@*king idiot. Almost every sentence that comes out of this punk's mouth is riddled with idiocy.
As we lawyers say, res ipsa loquitor.
But I will tell you one thing - this vandal wasn't making a "statement" of any kind. First, how could he? I personally don't understand how he manages to dress himself each morning. But secondly, a little fact that certainly isn't evident from the WaPo article: 99% of his acts of vandalism say only one thing : BORF. That's it. That's all.
This punk deserves prison time. If I was the prosecutor, he'd get it.
Posted by jkhat at July 14, 2005 11:23 PM
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|# July 15th, 2005 8:45 AM Nordy|
|Some people, such as myself, really enjoy Borf's work. His messages ("showers are for dirty people", "Borf is good for your liver") were both amusing and enigmatic. I loved finding new Borf stuff around town.
Of course, part of what I enjoyed about him was my amazement that he could do so much without getting caught. That appeal is over now though.
|# July 15th, 2005 8:55 AM Friend|
|First of all, he is not a rich , and he is not a punk. John is the realest person you will ever meet, sincere and always remaining true to what he believes. And ' Borf' was the nickname of one his friends that died a few years ago. |
|# July 15th, 2005 8:56 AM kris|
|I'm not rich and I'm not a punk. My Dad died a couple of years ago and his nickname was Doc. So, would you mind if I came over to your house and spray painted a bunch of pictures on it and put "Doc" next to it? Sweet! |
|# July 15th, 2005 12:26 PM Laura|
|It's interesting that his mother knew her minor child was breaking the law and did nothing about it. |
|# July 15th, 2005 12:28 PM Laura|
|Friend, what is the criteria to become the "realest" person you will ever meet? Just curious... |
|# July 15th, 2005 4:53 PM james|
|hmmm, my stab at the criteria:
1) be, like, you know, existential, dude
2) hate on the man, because he's just opressing us, dude. KKKORPOERATIONSZZZ SUXXZOORS!!?!!
3) keep in real, man. peace.
|# July 16th, 2005 12:38 PM no2lefties|
|I guess vandalism must be OK if the person doing it is an activist lefty. Then it becomes "enlightening" and we should "appreciate" it instead of prosecuting the person who did it. |
|# July 18th, 2005 8:41 AM countertop|
|He's not rich??????
What fucking planet do you live on Friend????? He lives in Great Falls, VA one of the richest zip codes in America - home to Senators and INternet Billionaires - in a house thats worth almost $1.5 million dollars and is located next to one of the most prestigious fricken country clubs in America.
Sure, he's 18 and doesn't have much to his name - but his family is fucking loaded. Wonder what kind of life he would have lived had he grown up in the utopia he strives for - instead of the rich limousine liberal paradise he actual experienced.
God damn clueless liberals (pardon the french)
|# July 18th, 2005 8:55 AM james|
Great Falls, VA
Median household income: $159,695 (year 2000)
Median house value: $596,100 (year 2000)
That household income is over three times the national average.
Great Falls is #57 on the list of 100 Richest Places in the US
|# February 6th, 2006 2:53 PM thegirl|
|okay - i am a die hard, bleeding heart liberal - but i hate borf, i don't want borf freed and i want his parents to do some jail time too
while the artist side of me appreciates the artyness of it all
i have no appreciation of rich kids from great falls who make messes that others need to clean up in the name of anything
i grew up in great falls, and you would be hard pressed to find a non-German or Swedish car, and i am now a home owner in DC - funny how he spaypainted in the poor or working class neighborhoods - not so much in spring valley -
he isn't an anarchist or anything other than a loser - calling him a punk would be giving real punks a bad name
one also has to wonder about homeland security though - he was able to tag a sign on top of the roosevelt bridge - a bridget that leads to the state department, et all - ??/
|# February 6th, 2006 4:16 PM Laura|
|Jeez I forgot all about Borf. This was almost a year ago. Here's the latest from Wikipedia on this asshat:
On December 12, 2005, Tsombikos pled guilty to one count of felony destruction of property. He agreed to perform community service, cleaning up graffiti, and to pay $12,000 in restitution. Sentencing was scheduled for February 9, 2006. Judge Leibovitz ordered him to stay out of the District except for court appearances and classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.