SoCal Tiki Artist In Trouble For Tree Carvings

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A San Diego County man is in hot water with city officials for carving tiki-style faces into two city-owned trees.

Oceanside city officials said this week that Steven Tustison may have hurt the 60-foot-high palms along the sidewalk outside his home and have told him to cut out his carving.

They say the 44-year-old tiki artist could be fined or face other punishments for defacing the palm trees and that an arborist will inspect the trees to see if they've been damaged and need to be torn out.

But Tustison says he's proud of the large grinning faces he carved into the trees. He says he likes how they make passers-by laugh.
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Information from: North County Times, http://www.nctimes.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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