Artist of Paint-Splattered Villaraigosa Mural Speaks Out

Over the past few weeks, we've been reporting about the numerous controversies surrounding a mural of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Susy's Meat Market in East Hollywood, where someone splattered red paint on Villaraigosa's face and later spray-painted "vendido" on his left collar, which was eventually covered over with white paint.

Rabi's addition to the Villaraigosa mural at Susy's Meat Market ​
Rabi's addition to the Villaraigosa mural at Susy's Meat Market ​

"What this (saying) refers to is the monks that finish their sand paintings and then blow them away," Rabi tells us. "Also the fact that this Mayor/man is but a speckle in our time soon to be forgotten and a new Mayor/man and mural will emerge, and so on."

You can see the various stages of Rabi painting the mural and his other work at his Web site:

"The Fear," Rabi also explains, is an "(art) campaign that my friends and I are promoting and will soon be a large part of this city.  'The fear' does not mean to be afraid -- it is the total opposite, therefore completely materializing the word and leaving it powerless."

Villaraigosa often said he hoped to inspire Angelenos, but recent events at Susy's Meat Market suggest that his time as mayor has gotten people riled up for all of the wrong reasons . . . and now they're looking to take it to The Man, who, in this case, is Villaraigosa.

It's something that a young Tony Villar, sporting a "Born to Raise Hell" tattoo, could have never predicted for his own future. In fact, that hell-raising teenager from East L.A., if he was a teenager today, would probably be joining Rabi and his pals in their righteous fun.

Can anyone say "eye-opener"?

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