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This past October, D.C. police announced a major victory in their graffiti-fighting efforts after picking up Sean Spenser and Michael Holland of Maryland, for allegedly vandalizing buildings along more than a dozen major roads with their signature tags, “KOMA” and “NORES.” City officials estimate that the cost of cleanup is anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000. On the heels of the arrest, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham introduced the Restricting Minors Access to Graffiti Materials Amendment Act of 2003. The bill, which will be the subject of a Jan. 14 hearing, bans the sale of “graffiti implements” (including spray paint and “any…marking pen with a one-quarter inch wide tip”) to minors. Neither Spenser nor Holland, however, is a minor: Spenser is 21 years old, and Holland is 22. Graham still insists that the measure will deter budding graffiti artists, especially young gang members. “At least this raises public consciousness about how spray paint is used for antisocial purposes,” he says. —Annys Shin