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Teen Involved In City Sticker Design Controversy Arrested For Auto Theft

Herbert Pulgar and his controversial city sticker artwork back in 2012.

Herbert Pulgar and his controversial city sticker artwork back in 2012.

An arrest for auto theft has slowed Herbert Pulgar’s slide into obscurity.

Pulgar, if one recalls, was the 15-year old kid at the heart of a controversy over his winning design in the annual city sticker design contest back in 2012.

Unfortunately, his artwork seemed to contain gang symbols or icons which could be confused with gang symbols, which prompted City Clerk Mendoza, after a few days of investigation, to tearfully rescind the offer to place Pulgar’s artwork on the 2012/2013 city sticker.

Initially, the artwork of the runner up was to be the next year’s sticker, but the artist declined citing the controversy. Ultimately, a more generic artwork, designed in house, was chosen for the 2012/2013 city sticker.

No Winners In City Sticker Controversey

Herbert Pulgar and his controversial city sticker artwork

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

This popular idiom was never more true, and more dramatic in Chicago this week for City Clerk Susana Mendoza.

Faced with some incendiary allegations that this year’s winning city sticker design contained covert gang symbols, and with the deadline to go to press with the 2012-2013 city sticker just a few days away, Mendoza had to move quickly.

After the story originated on local police blog Detective Shaved Longcock, news media brought the alleged issues with city sticker design contest winner Herbie Pulgar’s artwork to the Clerk’s attention Tuesday afternoon. The Clerk’s office immediately reached out to Pulgar’s school, Lawrence Hall School to investigate the issue.