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Skate shop agrees to remove sign

Posted August 19, 2008

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— The Blount Street Skate Shop in Fayetteville has lost a battle with the city over an unconventional sign.

After old, broken skateboards collected outside the store, Dorian Motowylak began hanging them in a nearby tree. The "shrine" included more than 200 pieces by February, and some called it an eyesore.

"If you break a board, you've earned the right to hang it on the trees," Motowylak said. "To me, it's just beautiful, and the kids love it."

The city called the boards a "snipe sign," or an illegal posting meant to bring in business.

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  • pack-man Aug 20, 2008

    fayetteville doesn't like to be unique apparently, oh well, go back to obscurity town usa known for an army base.

  • loudnoises Aug 20, 2008

    "The city called the boards a "snipe sign," or an illegal posting meant to bring in business."

    Really? That's assuming a lot. I had no idea hanging silly busted pieces of wood posed such a threat to the business community.

  • mrsvidivan2 Aug 20, 2008

    "The city called the boards a "snipe sign," or an illegal posting meant to bring in business."

    The "city" needs to get a life and deal with some "real" issues!

  • John Q Public Aug 20, 2008

    Poor tree. They should just put them on the facade of their business. Why mess up a perfectly good tree.

  • Mustang Sallie Aug 20, 2008

    Rev. RB writes We complain about what they're doing to trees in the rain forest, and then think this is ok - why? Because it's happening here in the states instead of in a third world country?

    Rev, you may be a little out of touch with this post...was the treatment of the tree ever an issue? I love Mother Earth, too, but we are talking about a bit of self-expression. My son has a fort that is anchored by an enormous oak and he has a tire swing on the tree also. Shall I be on the alert for Greenpeace? Let's take one issue at a time and personally I do not believe the "skateboard tree" is an issue, the issue is we give power to some folks that miss the forest because of the trees. Know what I mean?

  • zeitghost Aug 20, 2008

    I guess if the tree is on city-owned property they're in the right, but it's too bad that a unique and spontaneous expression of art has to come down.

  • Adelinthe Aug 20, 2008

    Hang it on a pole. Leave the trees alone.

    We complain about what they're doing to trees in the rain forest, and then think this is ok - why? Because it's happening here in the states instead of in a third world country?

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Daikon Aug 20, 2008

    I just drove through that pit recently on my way to South Carolina...., trust me....leave the tree.

  • PaulRevere Aug 20, 2008

    Skateboarders are annoying to me, but it's funny a government entity is telling someone else to clean up their act.

  • Tolip Aug 20, 2008

    Ve vill nut hab deeze skatburds hankin in da treez! Unt chew vill like eet!

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