San Luis Obispo artist Nic Rodriguez caught a slight break last week when prosecutors dropped 10 instances of graffiti from the charges he's facing. He also did pretty well at an art show, in which the remainder of his art--the stuff not confiscated by police--was featured just days after his arrest. With interest stoked by media coverage, more than half of his works sold, according to gallery owner Jeff Claasen.
Rodriguez was originally arrested on suspicion of vandalism associated with 24 examples of graffiti found around the city. He was arrested in March, after police raided his home and took several canvases, sketchbooks, and his art supplies, including more than 70 spray cans.
After a month-long investigation, police linked Rodriguez to his moniker, "PILO," which appeared around the city in the form of stickers, which he sells from his website, peopleater.com.
Rodriguez has maintained that spray-painted images found around town and linked to him were not his own creations, but the work of admirers. He later made a public comment on his website, asking people to stop posting his stickers.