A terrible sadness came over the steps in 2018 – quite literally. The Micheltorena steps/#staircandy were actually quite respected from 2015 through 2017, with minimal tags and graffiti until early 2018, when the red Love Hearts were graffitied with sad faces and tears, and by 2020 the full artwork was vandalized with tears the whole way down it touching all the rainbow colored steps. It was a local guy who’s aim is to bring sadness, which is the complete opposite of Carla and Mandon’s intention. When someone pointed this out to him on his Instagram profile, he even went so far as to claim “those hearts have always been sad”, as if the original concept were his, as can be seen in this screenshot of his Instagram page:
When Carla’s paint team did a repaint…
…he came straight after to vandalize, and turn the Stairs sad.
It got to the point where the paint team didn’t want to repaint again, and in the last year, the sad tears and crying faces stayed, and more tagging and graffiti overran the Stairs:
The visual blight was so bad that in April of 2022, someone took it upon themselves to repaint the two #staircandy flights of the Micheltorena stairway, grey. I (Carla) don’t blame them. The steps looked terrible, not what they were intended at all.