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It was probably destined to happen, and now it has.

The controversial mural of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Susy's Meat Market in East Hollywood, which, over the past few weeks, had red-painted splattered on it, the word “vendido” (translation: someone who sells out his people) spray-painted on the mayor's collar, and big, red letters scrawled across it, is now undergoing a complete face lift.


L.A. Weekly photographer Ted Soqui took this picture last Thursday, which shows the mural getting an overhaul by painter

Jorge Lopez, better known as Marciano.

Just before Marciano started his work on Thursday, the original mural, painted by the artist known as Rabi, looked like this:

Villaraigosa mural pre-Marciano

Villaraigosa mural pre-Marciano

Before that, the mural had this look:

Credit: Ted Soqui

Credit: Ted Soqui

It started out looking like this:

Credit: Ted Soqui

Credit: Ted Soqui

Soqui tells us that Marciano has promised to keep the newest mural vandal-free, but what's he going to do? Stand 24-hour watch?

It seems to us that as long as Villaraigosa's mug is up on that wall, there's a good chance that more “alterations” will be coming.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.