An Instagram artist has been visiting national parks and leaving her mark. This habit could end up in some felony charges once the Park Service catches on and finds her.
Not one to leave an obvious trail of evidence for the general public, any more than she already has, “creepytings” account owner Casey Nocket has made her collection of photos private. That still doesn’t hide the physical evidence, left in acrylic paint, featuring her Instagram account name.
Using simple shades of red, white, brown, and blue as she sketches faces on outcropping rocks for all to see, Nocket’s crime may not be violent, but she is aware that she’s doing something she shouldn’t.
One particular conversation on Instagram points to Nocket knowing her wrongdoing. Account owner “wordgebra” asked her if she was using paint or chalk, to which the Instagram artist admitted it was acrylic, and then finished with, “I know, I’m a bad person.”
— Daniel Burns (@boinzy) October 22, 2014
The art that Nocket has left in her wake includes various faces painted in Yosemite National Park, Death Valley’s Telescope Peak, Crater Lake National Park, Carrizo Plain National Monument, Sequoia, Bryce, Zion, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Grand Canyon, Canyonlands and the Rocky Mountain National Park.
The latest known photo was taken without Nocket’s usual mark at Barker Dam at the Joshua Tree National Park, which was already closed due to extensive vandalism. The photo was taken by rangers to show what can happen if vandalism is given free reign. The rock wall is covered in names, declarations of love, and various words, though there is no sign of Nocket’s usual “creepytings” face and moniker. However, Modern Hiker was able to grab a picture of her climbing over protected pictographs at the site.
It is unknown whether Casey Nocket has been caught yet, and with her Instagram account set to private, it may take a warrant to search for pictures of her “leavings.”
Vandalism of a national park is a crime, and Instagram artist Casey Nocket could be facing severe fines to cover the cost of removing her “creepytings” artwork across the U.S.. Taking pictures is okay, but adding acrylic artwork to national parks is not.
[Image via Modern Hiker]