Vandals deface Shepard Fairey mural in West Dallas

Photo courtesy of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group

Vandals this week defaced a West Dallas mural that artist Shepard Fairey painted in 2011.

Adding insult to injury, the vandals painted over the mural with a homophobic slur and a profanity.

Instagram screen shot

Update: It appears that a vandal initially painted over the mural with the homophobic slur and the name “Crome.” Someone with the Instagram handle @crometrig publicly posted the above photo on Nov. 23 but has since made their account private. After that “Crome” tag was removed, a vandal came through and painted over the whole mural, which could’ve been done quickly using a fire hydrant rigged with paint.

Those familiar with the mural say it was topped with a graffiti barrier coat, a “sacrificial layer” that allows graffiti to be removed from it, although that won’t be easy. We put in a call to the Belmont but haven’t heard back yet.

Photo courtesy of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group

The Dallas Contemporary commissioned the mural, which is on Fort Worth Avenue below the Belmont Hotel. Adjacent murals painted by local artists weren’t vandalized.

By |2018-03-27T21:03:27-05:00December 5th, 2017|News|9 Comments

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  1. Biff Henderson January 27, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Well I sure as hell hope they would. Uncle Adolph wouldn’t be happy about it any other way!

  2. grannybunny January 26, 2018 at 11:28 PM

    Surely, one of your fellow Klan members will allow you to use their Tiki Torch.

  3. grannybunny January 26, 2018 at 11:26 PM

    That’s why they burn books. They can only flourish if they can bring everyone else down to their level of ignorance.

  4. Biff Henderson January 26, 2018 at 12:36 AM

    Yes it is well overdue to burn all books written by Democ(RATS) and other Progressive liberal filth. I’ve got a can of No. 2 diesel you got the match?

  5. David_Dacus January 25, 2018 at 10:51 PM

    That won’t affect any of the doofuses who perpetrate these crimes. They don’t have books or read, except maybe the picture version of Mein Kampf.

  6. David_Dacus January 25, 2018 at 10:49 PM

    Racists and homophobes gonna keep hating, they are simply wreckers who are content to stew in their own filth~

  7. Ruth Ann Cook January 24, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    That was a gorgeous work before it was destroyed. Painful-this makes you want to stop trying to make your community better, but we can never give up. ~~Good can and will triumph in our hearts and spirits when we love one and respect one another.

  8. grannybunny December 7, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    Next comes the book-burning.

  9. Spearchucker Jones December 6, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Ol’ Fairey shouldn’t have backed Uncle Obammy & the Muzzys. His crap art gets what it deserves. All of his paintworks should be permanently covered up wherever they be found. #MAGA

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