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Crazy Street Signs

March 3, 2012 by staff 

Crazy Street Signs, The Chicago City Clerk has scrapped the latest vehicle sticker design over concerns the artwork may depict gang symbols , but the art teacher of the student who designed the sticker says it’s all a misunderstanding.

City officials said reaching hands in the design look like they’re flashing gang signs.

Herbie Pulgar, 15, designed the sticker. He and his teachers said the design was completely innocent, but city officials said they aren’t taking any chances. After it was suggested there were gang symbols in the design, City Clerk Susana Mendoza met with police experts and decided to use the runner-up’s design for the 2012-2013 city sticker.

“Frankly, we had a lot of tears in that office making that decision,” City Clerk Susana Mendoza said.

Pulgar wasn’t consulted before the decision was made and doesn’t know if he’ll be able to keep the $1,000 prize. He said Wednesday he was upset by the controversy.

“I’m really stressed, it makes me really stressed,” Pulgar said.

Pulgar’s art teacher at Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Janice Gould, said Pugar is in her honors art class and when the students were working on their contest designs, he said he was having trouble with the hands.

Gould brought in the packet of hand designs she gave to Pulgar, and showed one that looks nearly identical to the hands he drew.

Another student from the same school was a finalist in the contest last year, Gould said, and she also used the book of hand drawings for her work.

Gould said Pulgar wasn’t doing well in the wake of the controversy and said the city should have waited to talk to him first.

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