Manila is known to most for the poverty, corruption and violence that emanates throughout the capitol city. For Utah and Ether however, it is known for only one thing; the metro system. Since the Manila metro bombings in 2000 security checks, K-9 units and armed police officers have been mandatory in every metro depot and station. This video marks the first graffiti hit on the LRT 2, the only line running heavy rail metro vehicles on this system. The LRT 2 train carriages feature uniquely beautiful yellow and purple details, making it a rare trophy coveted by subway writers around the world.
Singapore has become known worldwide for implementing corporal punishment and harsh prison sentences for vandalism, consequences which have effectively deterred many graffiti tourists. This video marks the first Singapore Metro system (SMRT) hit to be documented on video and the second time in history that the system has been painted. The vandalism (which resulted in the SMRT being fined $200,000 for failing to follow security protocols) quickly snowballed into a scandal that garnered global attention. The general public of Singapore was outraged and the then President and CEO of SMRT Corporation was forced to resign.
The capitol city of Kuala Lumpur is one of Asia’s biggest transit hubs and home of the only metro system in Malaysia. As of 2004 the metro lines, which originally operated as separate companies, merged under the RapidKL network. The RapidKL has become a target for vandals worldwide, resulting in a police unit specifically dedicated to protecting the metro depots against graffiti. RapidKL runs both driver-operated and automated lines, creating many interesting painting opportunities.
Since the 2004 opening of Bangkok’s official Metro system, the beautiful red, purple and yellow striped trains of the underground MRT have been a goal for metro writers worldwide. Infamous for the snake infested jungle surrounding it and the Royal Thai Police who diligently guard it, many writers have attempted to paint the RAMA IX Metro Depot, but very few have succeeded. While most tourists visit Bangkok to spend their time with working girls and lady boys, Utah & Ether focused their energy and attention on painting.