Drone Vandalism Is Now A Thing

Illustration for article titled Drone Vandalism Is Now A Thing

By this point, drones have been co-opted into most human activities: proposals, religion, and yep, porn. As of Wednesday morning, you can also add vandalising a gigantic NYC billboard to that list.


As Wired reports, well-known graffiti artist KATSU has been working on his plan to scribble on billboards for a while. The benefits are obvious: quick access to any part of a building, near-immunity from the cops, and the fun of strapping a spray-paint can to a flying object.

The first successful (and highly illegal) tag was on the Calvin Klein billboard at the intersection of Houston St and Lafayette. It’s a six-story testament to Kendall Jenner and American denim, and it took KATSU all of a minute with his hacked DJI Phantom to paint a giant red squiggle on Jenner’s oversized face.

It’s not exactly high art, more of a proof of concept than a graffiti masterpiece. But in theory, it should be easy to program a drone (or drones!) to paint intricate designs on basically anything. Prep your electromagnetic pulses and shotguns: the age of drone vandalism is here. [Wired]

Contact the author at chris@gizmodo.com.



I’m surprised drones haven’t been used in a successful terrorist attempt. A small explosive device on a homemade drone flown at a high profile target? And now I hope I don’t get a visit from the NSA when it happens. I feel issues surrounding drones are going to be huge along with issues surrounding 3d printing in the near future.