As a crew cleaned it up the next morning and Kidult took to Twitter to brag, Marc Jacobs and his canny reps turned the stunt on its head, capitalizing on the graffiti artist’s own work to the benefit of their own marketing: By Tweeting it out as “Art by Art Jacobs” and Instagramming an ‘artsy’ picture of it. Kidult, clearly on the scene, tried to make his presence known, but it was too late: Jacobs had won that one.
By the social media tape, onlookers were amused.
A few graffiti purists were definitely pissed at the scene of a fashion label managing to turn ostensibly subversive and damaging art on its head. Some simply didn’t understand the entire thing (like this stuffy French guy):
He made a T-Shirt of the entire episode.
The T-Shirt is simply the picture that appeared on Twitter, with the same caption, on a pink shirt.
It looks like this:
- Provocations of Marc Jacobs will not go unanswered.
- While it is inherently difficult to root for capitalist enterprises, any artist trying to subvert something through destruction for attention (such as Kidult clearly does) is difficult to root for as well.
- Especially when the response is as crafty, canny, and genuinely more artful than the provocation it’s answering.
Jacobs, in this situation, has made one hell of a commentary about the absurd commoditization that some street art has yielded, and how easily ostensibly subversive art can actually be subverted, facile as it so often is, and it may be the best take on the matter since Exit Through The Gift Shop.
In short: Marc Jacobs wins.
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