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Rhinoceropolis’ John Gross to vandals: “there will be consequences”

Lightning Bolt performs at Rhinoceropolis on April 2, 2007. Photos by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.
Lightning Bolt performs at Rhinoceropolis on April 2, 2007. Photo by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com.

Anyone who has been to Rhinoceropolis knows it to be a hidden gem in Denver’s art and music world. The DIY space is a music venue and a hub of the RiNo artistic community. But while it’s a place known for free artistic expression, Rhinoceropolis residents will not tolerate unwanted graffiti.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Rhinoceropolis resident John Gross called out vandals “who tag up our place or write on our building or property inside or outside.” Gross, whose name is on the lease of the warehouse, said it could be a violation of the contract, and these people are “jeopardizing our very existence.”


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Read the full Facebook post below:

“Please read this and understand that I am 100% serious – It is not OK to tag up our place or write on our building or property inside or outside, anywhere. It’s a violation of our lease, it’s a violation of city and county codes, and it compromises our ability to exist in a very serious way. By tagging or writing graffiti on or in Rhino, you are jeopardizing our very existence. Not to mention you’re causing us a major headache and expense that we can’t afford. Don’t write on our walls or anywhere, we don’t condone graffiti of any kind. You put me in a bad situation with the city and the landlord. If I find you doing it there will be consequences, you’ll lose your Rhino privileges. I’m serious. – John Gross”

In a comment on the original post Gross wrote, “I have plenty of personal friends in the graffiti world and if I choose to have them paint a mural, that’s a very different thing. Don’t misunderstand me.”