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Porn King Takes Up Tagging?

Dennis Sobin Graffiti?

Retired D.C. smut king Dennis Sobin has always loved art. He acted and directed adult films, wrote a book about how to play the guitar, and runs a gallery of prisoner-art. Most recently, he’s written a musical about being a registered sex offender.

Now, he—or someone he’s influenced—seems to be dabbling in that most controversial of mediums: graffiti.

On Wednesday, I noticed two newsboxes—one for the Epoch Times and one for the Examiner—tagged in marker with “SOBINS.COM.” The boxes were outside the Foggy Bottom Metro station, just blocks away from Sobin’s apartment.

The advertised website is a one-page portal that promises to teach you about the Sobin family, although in practice, you only learn about one Sobin. There are links to Sobin’s many projects, including CAPE-DC, which features tips about avoiding undercover police stings and a classifieds section for prostitutes (“Latin lovies at a price you can afford” !).

It’s not usual newsbox-graffiti fare. Reached on the phone, Sobin says at first he doesn't know who is doing the graffiti, although it's heartening to see someone wants to promote him.

Then Sobin clarifies.

“I do some sleep-walking myself,” he says.

What does that mean?

“Don’t rule out any suspects,” he says, then hangs up.

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  • Skipper

    What a douche.

  • so many

    people care.

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