Shepard Fairey Street Art Mural Defaced on La Brea -- and This Goes on Globally

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Howie Stier

Everyone is a critic. Even taggers. Shepard Fairey, a widely known street artist who often garners mixed reviews, has been panned with graffiti spray-painted over a fifty-foot wall piece on 2nd Street and La Brea Boulevard.

At the scene, a property manager was noticeably disturbed by the tagging over the art piece. The words, "Lousy," "Ugly," and "Crap" were written in black spray paint. Then late yesterday afternoon, the graffiti was cleaned up to restore the mural. Store owners had no idea it had even been fixed. Fairey might be getting used to it:

This isn't the first time one of Fairey's murals has been defaced. It has happened to different murals across the world, sometimes just hours after the unveiling.

In 2011, Fairey's mural in Copenhagen, was defaced and he was beaten before the opening of his show at the V1 Gallery. Fairey suffered a black eye and broken rib, while his mural was defaced with:

No Peace! Go Home Yankee Hipster

Some underground street artists despise Fairey because of his mainstream success and computer graphics-driven style. Other artists, like Mark Vallen, doubt his ability to draw. Vallen has accused Fairey of plagiarizing his work.

The wall mural on La Brea Boulevard is on the side of a parking structure and was requested by the owners of Madison Marquette, a building company specializing in hip and trendy outdoor malls.

Fairey is a street artist, graphic designer, and a D.J. known as DJ Diabetic. He created the "Obey Giant Campaign," and the "Hope" artwork for the 2008 Obama Campaign. His work has also been featured in the "Art in the Streets" Exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.

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