There’s a brand new mural painted by legendary New York City graffiti artist Antonia “Chico” Garcia on the Lower East Side today, and it’s appropriately macabre on the occasion that it is, after all, Halloween. Chico pays homage to the “late” love sick pop star Taylor Swift with a faux memorial mural painted at 37 Orchard Street on the metal storefront gate of La Petite Mort, a local vintage clothing store.
The store posted a photo of the mural on their Facebook. In it, the singer’s face framed by a halo of hearts, “RIP Taylor Swift” scrawled in cryptic black and yellow lettering across a skyline backdrop, and the artist’s signature “Chico” bursting in yellow, blue, and orange across the bottom of the grate, lest we forget who to credit for the painting.
No, Taylor Swift is not actually deceased. But, she was recently dubbed the city’s “Global Welcome Ambassador,” a title the folks at La Petite Mort are not too happy with. According to statement by the store posted on Bowery Boogie the tongue-and-cheek mural isn’t inspired by a dislike for Ms. Swift herself, but rather “the whitewashing and gentrification of New York.”
They explained their conscious choice to reach out to Chico by saying:
“We worked with a true NY graffiti legend (Chico LES) to paint our take on the situation. Chico got his start painting memorial murals in the Lower East Side in the ’80s. While Taylor Swift is alive and well, and we wish her no harm, she did kill off yet another piece of that broken New York spirit. The idea of her being our spokesperson is DEAD and we expressed that through a true ny artist. RIP TAYLOR SWIFT.”
Bedford and Bowery mentions that the store will be hosting an outdoor concert in the street featuring Bradley Dean & The Terminals, Dark Chambers, Village Psychic, and Sunshine Gun Club tonight to celebrate. The invite reads, “NYC IS DEAD? THEN ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT WE RESURRECT IT.”