Vista, Calif. - People gawk when they see the painted boulder alongside highway 78 in Vista; it is a little girl and the question: Mommy, can I go kill tonight?
Jerry Caloroso pulled off onto the shoulder and took pictures.
“With North Korea going on; Man! I have a two year old daughter, another one on the way. This is amazing!” Caloroso said.
The words are close to the title of a punk rock song from 1982, a group called the Misfits doing horror punk. The song was ‘Mommy, can I go out and kill tonight?’
Caloroso calls the painting a dynamic concept.
“It’s a conversation no one wants to have of what a nuclear disaster could look like. I think this is what every soldier is thinking right now before they go to bed, right? Mommy… I’m sure there’s still a part of them that’s still a child,” Caloroso said.
There is also the more mainstream reaction.
A woman who lives nearby told 10News, “Well, it's definitely not what we teach our kids. It's against law--what it says.”
She said the graffiti's also a traffic hazard.
“I think it's very unsafe to be right next to the freeway where people are braking and that's a very busy area,” the woman said.
It is likely that someone will white-wash over the painting but it has been already been widely seen and documented.
Caloroso predicted, “It's gonna be on Facebook tonight; gonna be all over the world.”
He also wondered about the influence of a well-known British street artist.
“This looks like a Banksy painting,” Caloroso said.
Banksy gained fame for guerrilla art; mostly on walls, a prankster who often featured sketches of a rat, but often a little girl with a balloon; a recurring theme of escape...and hope.
Not a little girl asking permission to kill.