Well, it certainly didn’t take taggers long to deface the Kenny Scharf mural at the corner of Houston and Bowery. While I found the mural creepy and manic, I think it’s awful to see how quickly people rushed to ruin something that obviously took a lot of time and creativity.
Unfortunately, it’s par for the course for this particular location. The Shepard Fairey mural faced a similar fate, and others have also been tagged within days of being unveiled. I understand that part of the risk of graffiti and street art in general is being painted over or tagged, but this still pisses me off.
I’m especially irritated when a colorful, thought-provoking work is tagged with nothing but huge sloppy gray initials. If you’re going to mess with someone’s art, at least make it good. This is not only the act of a jerk, it’s the act of a really lazy jerk who doesn’t know how to properly wield a can of spray paint.