New Shepard Fairey Fishtown Mural Tagged [UPDATED]

Philadelphia Redditors picked up on a few Instagrams that show the new Shepard Fairey mural in Fishtown tagged with white spray paint. For some reason Shepard—who did the mural in conjunction with Mural Arts—left scaffolding next to the mural, creating an easy opportunity for someone to climb up and tag it. In this instance, it looks like someone—or multiple people—went up to each level. Mural Arts’ Executive Director Jane Golden released a short statement, which was shared on Twitter:

This comes a few weeks after Steve Powers's Kurt Vile mural in Fishtown was buffed by an angry neighbor. That guy used interior house paint, which came off easily with a power wash. Not sure if it'll be as easy to restore Fairey's job.

UPDATE [8/20/2014, 2 p.m.]: Mural Arts employs "master color-matcher" to restore the mural. Details here.

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  • MackeyDIngo

    Maybe he left the scaffolding there knowing it would be tagged. This is Sheppard Fairey after all…

    • justjoshfunk1

      Interesting point.

  • Chelsea

    And this is why we take the scaffolding down….

  • Tommy Grover

    Maybe it was the dude who painted over the Kurt Vile mural. Did they ask him?

  • Mark D

    The scaffolding is up cause they are working on the front of the building. Maybe people shouldn’t act like jerk offs.

  • Alex Solether

    The scaffolding was there before the mural because the building is being worked on. They had to paint around it.

  • D Hahn

    so the nature of “street” and “art” persists.