Artist Bradley Theodore Erases Mission Cantina Mural Due to Impasse Over Signature

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 at 11:02 am by

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Mission Cantina essentially put the kibosh on that nascent skeletal mural by Bradley Theodore. Apparently it was much ado about a signature.

You’ll recall that last week, Mission Cantina commissioned the street artist to bring some color to the Stanton Street facade of the establishment. Fine. By Tuesday, his subtle signature, which usually includes contact info, was erased from the Frida Kahlo tribute piece. Owner Danny Bowien allegedly wasn’t cool with the email address because he deemed it advertising, and demanded it removed; Theodore refused. Hence that patchwork look.

Angry at the outcome of this impasse, Theodore decided to completely eradicate the artwork. He told us in an email that he was really upset about the whole fiasco. Since ownership “didn’t like the fact that my name or info was on it, [they] don’t deserve to have my work on his wall! So I painted over.”

He went on to say that, “[I wasn’t] trying to advertise my services, I just wanted to paint and share it with my friends.
And the world.”

It’s just absurd. Both restaurant and artist should benefit from this type of arrangement. It’s a give and take scenario. Artist pimps his shit while increasing exposure for the business.

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