After publishing this article on the demise of L.A. Freeway Kids, a rousing debate arose on the comments board. Good!
As a follow-up, I now present “Does MLK dream of 40s?”
When I drive to work everyday, I avoid the 105-110 interchange by heading north on Broadway. While stopped at the light at 95th, I noticed a liquor store on the corner with a really neat-o mural on the side. On the western end, MLK; on the eastern end, Tupac.
The mural, as you can see, was originally painted in 2004. Clearly a mural of this magnitude was done with the owner’s permission.
But here is the real question: Which is more offensive?
(a) The discussion on whether graffiti can be art, or whether tagging can/not be considered legitimate;
(b) The tagging which has been thrown up over the mural; or
(c) The fact that MLK looks like he’s dreaming of ice cold beer and wine?