The iconic ‘Hollywood‘ sign in Los Angeles was vandalised (perfected?) to read ‘Hollyweed‘ in what is an apparent New Year’s Eve prank.

CCTV caught footage of the culprit – dressed all in black – scaling the protective fence surrounding the sign around 3am on New Year’s Day. The Los Angeles Police Department said the man then used giant tarps to change both of the sign’s ‘O’ letters to a lower case ‘e’.

Christ, it’s enough to bring a tear to your eye, no?

The suspect has not been caught, but if found, would face a misdemeanour trespassing charge.

Tourists began snapping pics of themselves in front of the sign, and managed to make an extremely funny weed-themed prank sound unbearably lame by telling local news station ABC7 that it was “pretty cool”. Ugh.

Happy new year everyone!! #hollyweed #soawesome #2017

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The prank is likely in response to California legalising the use of recreational weed in the November 2016 election, with sale and taxation of the green stuff to being in 2018.

It’s also not the first time it’s been pulled off. In 1976, prankster Danny Finegood altered the sign to read ‘Hollyweed’ following the passing of Senate Bill 95 (the Moscone Act) the year before, which changed the crime of possession under 28.5 grams from a criminal charge to a civil one.

It was the first in a long, slow process to decriminalise weed, but here we are, four decades later, and the work is almost done.

Actress Mindy Kaling‘s opinions on this matter seem kind of irrelevant, but I’ve added them in here to demonstrate that we can all be charmed by a few ~high~jinks.

2017. It’s gonna be a good year, folks.

Photo: Twitter / @tommychong.