Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tina, Mark, and Bernie

Everyone from the neighborhood is familiar with "the slants". The concrete walls bordering Cazenovia Creek from Cazenovia to Southside Parkway. I think pretty much every young person from South Buffalo has walked along them at some point (probably after being told not to.) How could one leave a blank canvass and not expect South Buffalo's blue collar artists and prophets to fill it with wisdom?I wrote several months ago about the "Baby be Mine" slant offering. I suppose my all time favorite one would have to be "Billy Squier Rules."

Before cyber-bullying, there was slant-bullying. WGR Producer and South Buffalo native, Greg Bauch carefully examined two slant posts in his Trending Buffalo post in search of answers...

Before Facebook there were the Cazenovia slants. The slants are two mile-long concrete canvases holding the Cazenovia creek at bay and housing all insults, spread-eagle naked lady stick finger drawings and “first initial-last initial hearts first initial-last initial” offerings. And, just like you do with Facebook, when you had a problem with someone, you “posted” it on the slants. Someone thought Tina was a slut and let South Buffalo know about it.

I always wondered why Tina would let that message stay there. Could she not afford the 2 dollars for a can of spray paint to cover up this salacious slander? Could Tina not hop a fence? Maybe Tina was proud of her title. Maybe Tina painted it in the first place.

I got my answer the other day when I noticed the “Tina” in “Tina is a slut” painted over to reveal that “Mark” is now the slut. For over 20 years, Tina was the slut. Now Mark is the slut. South Buffalo must be reeling.

If you read the comments underneath Greg's post, a man named Bernie owns up to spray painting the incriminating message. In fact, I now know more about Bernie, Tina, and Mark, and a guy named Leathernuts than I wish I had. To read Greg's entire post, please go to...
Tina and Mark, South Buffalo Sluts - Trending Buffalo


  1. Yes i 'am the person That Dated Tina Janik and wrote that on the slants ! Read my replys ! The True Story !

  2. Man i remember very well that night Painting it, and man did it stick out like a sore thumb ! ahahahhaha I got so fed up with her cheating on me, me and a few friends went to the slants on the other side, and i brought enamel house paint and a brush, and we had beer , so while we were all drinking i was painting away, one of the Vilagomez brothers, think Mark or Monty, became Buffalo police officers, and they stopped in the cop car and they even laughed and said Bernie, she cheating on ya again ! And i said yep ! I said this is the last straw,PAYBACK ! So they said, we didnt see ya ! And left ! hahahahaha I put the date to at the bottom of it, but that wore of !! When i was done, we grabbed everything, walked across the bridge and looked at it from our side ! WOW did it stick out ! ahhahahaa Yeah i painted alot more on the slants in the past, me and Jimmy ! Ahhhh The 80's ! ehheheee

  3. I’am the one who was dating Tina Janik all through the 80’s, and towards the later part of the 80’s i had found out from friends that , thats all she was doing was cheating on me ! So one night, me a a few friends got some beers and i had a gallon of paint and i painted that on the slants ! Yes because man i was pissed off ! And i want6ed all of South Buff to know it ! Actually that was painted on there real good and stayed on the slants for years and then it started fading from the winter months ! And around the 1990 she met some guy Mark and in 93 married him ! A friend that lived almost across the street from her went on Seneca St and tracked me down and said man Tina is getting Married ! And he found me at Buzz N Bee ! he bought a case of beer and we cruised back to his house, and low and behold when we pulled up, there was a Limo and her in a wedding dress ! She seen me, but i just looked at her when i got out of the car and shook my head and looked at her and we went into my friends house and that was it ! And watched out the windows ! I didnt start nothing ! Just hurt deep down a girl ya dated the almost entire 80’s and towards the end, she was cheating on ya and actually married one of the guys, she cheated on ya with ! As far as i kniow the guy’s name was Mark, no last names ! And what i heard, down the road they got divorced and she got everything ! Well thats what was told to me ! But i remember that night very well painting that on the slants ! heck we were young back in the day ! That was around 88-89 when i painted that! Do you all remember music notes painted on the slants as well, them were mine too ! But alot of painyed stuff on the slants back then, but that was my wierd way of showing how i felt ! At that time ! ehhehehe I could write a book about all this and Tine, but thats all history now ! Bernie M