Graffiti artists are turning blighted Wilkinsburg properties into colorful canvases

Graffiti artists Max Gonzales and Shane Pilster are leaving their mark all over Wilkinsburg — in broad daylight — with the blessing of the property owners.
Several years ago, their form of self-expression would’ve landed them in jail. Gonzales, known by his tag “GEMS,” was named Public Enemy No. 1 by the Pittsburgh Police Department’s Graffiti Task Force.
These days, Gonzales and Pilster just want to beautify their neighborhood and, eventually, other areas of the city.