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Drunken Swedish artist forgets painting four women

David Landes · 12 Jan 2010, 14:47

Published: 12 Jan 2010 14:47 GMT+01:00

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The 35-year-old artist told investigators that he was too drunk to remember the incident, which took place in nearby Lund in November of last year, the Metro newspaper reports.

The artist explained that he first consumed nine strong beers before heading out to purchase a can of spray paint.

But before he could make it home to commence on a fresh artistic endeavor, the drunken artist began spraying passers-by with the newly purchased paint.

According to the indictment presented in Malmö District Court on Monday, a total of four unlucky women were sprayed in the drunken Friday the 13th attack, including one who was hit in the face and another whose stroller received an unwanted partial coat of new paint.

The 35-year-old's wanton session of public spray painting means he will face charges of assault, making illegal threats, and vandalism.

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David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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11:33 January 12, 2010 by Tennin
Sadly I believe his sentencing if any will be too light. Also the fact that he states he was too drunk to remember it, will get him off with no punishment. Seems that it's the legal excuse for doing everything and anything here is that you were too drunk to remember doing it.
12:18 January 12, 2010 by Nemesis
That was just plain abusive assault.

It was nothing to do with art.
12:21 January 12, 2010 by unt9
I guess, sometimes alcohol makes people act strange and aggressive to others. Government should make deeper research in this drug, I think there is less harmful alternatives to alcohol, but its just my own experience while living in Holland.
17:17 January 12, 2010 by Åskar
Just how many "real" artists use spray paint?
20:03 January 12, 2010 by eZee.se
The real question that nobody has asked:

Did the women look better after the paint job?

22:41 January 12, 2010 by jose_s
real artist is a call based on who sees the work as art.... it varies from person to person. i've seen many graffiti images that i consider crap and some that are just plain beautiful... but that is just my opinion....
23:25 January 12, 2010 by wxman
I'm just guessing, but wouldn't you have to be pretty damn drunk not to remember painting ladies? I mean, this isn't something done every day.
10:46 January 13, 2010 by La Figaro
wxman, its a well known fact that alcohol, depending on the quantity consumed, causes short term memory loss so the man may genuinely not recall spray painting those women. However, it may just be his defense in a bid to get away with a very light sentence or slap on the wrist which, in my opinion, is typical of Sweden.
18:02 January 13, 2010 by insect
He was too drunk to remember doing it but not too drunk to pick women only. Just weird
22:30 January 14, 2010 by J Jack
If he's painted blokes, he would have got the s--t kicked out of him.
15:39 January 15, 2010 by Åskar
insect: "He was too drunk to remember doing it but not too drunk to pick women only. Just weird "

Haven't you heard the old Swedish proverb AKBMK = All Kärlek Börjar Med Kast (all love begins with throwing something at your heartthrob to get her attention)? In this case it was paint.
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