Girl Who Defaced National Parks and Posted it to Instagram Finally Sentenced with Harsh but Fair Punishment

Girl Who Defaced National Parks and Posted it to Instagram Finally Sentenced with Harsh but Fair Punishment

I'm fairly new to the photography community still, but I've have been in the design and creative community for nearly a decade. Common sense should be one of the easiest things to understand for artists, but still today some seem confused as to how to respect protected landmarks, especially our national parks. One girl learned the hard way after setting out and adding graffiti to rock formations and posting about them on her Instagram.

After a month-long traveling expedition in 2014, artist Casey Nocket, aka @creepytings, began adding graffiti and markings with her Instagram name along with the date on famous and protected rock formations, and then posted them to social media. Not a smart move. Just recently she was finally sentenced to a punishment that seems intense, yet fair. She will be suspended for two years from stepping foot on any park grounds along with adding 200 hours of community service. 

The defendant’s defacement of multiple rock formations showed a lack of respect for the law and our shared national treasures.

— Phillip A. Talbert, U.S. attorney

Nocket will also be ordered to pay an undisclosed fine that will be decided at a later date. Let's set this as a reminder to respect others' property when exploring and shooting, as well as research areas that are of greater value such as our national parks. 


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Andrew Griswold is a photographer and designer based in Indianapolis. Born and raised in Indy he has made a name for himself by staying very active in the creative community in both photography and design. He has also founded a community of photographers via Instagram connecting them with brands to work with and shoot locally.

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Being an artist is not a valid excuse to be irresponsible and disrespect heritage sites. People do silly things to be different and show that "we are free" to do what we want. Unfortunately, we are now living in the age of humanity where laws, rules, and guidelines are placed to keep peace and order.
It won't be implemented if it wasn't necessary.

whats so harsh for the sentence? its not her property to graffiti. you want to do ugly "art" then do it on your property, not the publics.

she should get some jail time. a month would be good.

and instead of paying a fine, make her get a crew of professional cleaners and go around to all the sites and clean it properly. she may have the money to pay the easy fine, but making her
walk around and clean it is more a just sentence.

No jail time??

That would be a bit much. At the end of the day she painted on some rocks. Sure, these rocks have been deemed more important than other rocks, but nonetheless.

It was obviously a joke..

1) I hope these shitty drawings are not why she's being called an artist. I refuse to look at her accounts to she if she has done anything worthy of that title. 2) How could they not fine her. We know park rangers that we pay taxes for are going to spend their time cleaning up her shit. 3) I suggest we tattoo her stupid drawings all over her face to see how she likes it.

Nocket will also be ordered to pay an undisclosed fine that will be decided at a later date" Fines coming, I hope she gets monetary penalties far greater than just the amount the Nation Parks Service has to pay to clean up her grotesque hideous defacement of these rocks.

I don't call that art either. It looks like gang graffiti.

If graffiti hangs around long enough it becomes historically interesting e.g. petroglyphs.

The ancients were recording their history with petroglyphs. They were telling a story. The only story being told here is one of stupidity.

If her graffiti was undiscovered for a thousand years, i bet people would be wondering at their meaning too.

Equating a societies means of storytelling with a juvenile means of attention getting is certainly not the same thing.

One would hope you can see that but apparently not. Explains where she got her attitude from.

You can ascribe any noble meaning you wish to the art of the ancients but there is no way of really telling what the ancients were doing with their art. In the same way in a thousand years there would be no way of telling what this modern artist intended to say or not say with her art without today's documentation, but people would be intrigued and some would probably ascribe noble meanings to it.

Wow OK, yes tattooing her face as punishment is quite reasonable. She drew on some rocks, and she got punished for it. I doubt anyone would be hating on her art this much if it were on a canvas.

There are worse things and greater injustices in the world that could use the fervor people are directing toward this woman.

Yup, we have even written around her in the past on the site. This was just news because she was finally met with some type of punishment. I was reading that the harm done was 'earth based' vs something more unique and manmade or protected like a monument in DC for example. So its all based on a system of what is defaced and then the number of times she was doing it. Pretty wild though, would like to see what the money value is with the punishment because that could be large as well.

Simply my opinion buddy.

Yes. The story was already covered a couple years ago but what was new and shocking to learn was the punishment. To me it's pretty solid. Though the monetary fine will be interesting to learn.

"Intense": "extreme and forceful or (of a feeling) very strong" -- from the Cambridge English dictionary, as English is not my mother tongue. Still scratching my head to see what that sentence has to do with this adjective.
Also, we could do without the pictures and free advertising for that young lady...

If she's been doing this for 3 years, it's going to take a lot more than 200 hours of community service to undo the damage. Her 200 hours should be ON TOP OF cleaning up that mess.

Right, I was reading the punishment is based on a scale and 'earth based' protected land is different than say a monument in DC. Also read on another site that these will need to be professionally cleaned, so highly doubt they would allow her to run out there with dawn soap and a scrub brush. Ha, but maybe that could be part of her 200 hours to learn how it is done. Ha

Am I the only person who doesn't think this should be treated anywhere near as gravely as everyone seems to be? It's a crime and she should be penalized, granted. But is this really the worst thing ever?

It's antisocial behavior. Like, those are the rocks that we've decided are part of our national heritage, and she's decided unilaterally that she's important enough to change it however she wants. Go to a quarry or something, but dont go to protected land.

Gotcha. Some rocks are just more important than other rocks...

"Some paint is just more important than other paint"-guy who doesnt get why scribbling on a Caravaggio is such a "big deal."

No one is asking you to care dude, but these spaces mean a lot to a great number of people. If you don't get it, that's your problem.

And for the record, I think the painter's punishment was fair and anything more severe would be unjust.

People love to be outraged by small things... especially online. Being banned from parks, more than a month of full time community service and a modest fine is reasonable in the eyes of the law, but not the Internet.

Not near harsh enough!

Ah, I see, she's an "artist." Let's hope that "undisclosed amount" will take years to repay.

On an "Artists" salary it will likely take closer to a lifetime <sarcasm>

Artist or Egotist? Seems to be an epidemic lately

Congratulation on validation and advertising that "art". One thing that all media do wrong. Cheap sensationalism.