Chico Paints Bob Arihood Tribute on Ray’s Awning

Posted on: October 6th, 2011 at 6:19 am by

Chico didn’t waste much time in delivering on his promise from Tuesday night – to paint the neighborhood in honor of Bob Arihood. And that he did, beginning with a fresh piece on the entire storefront of Ray’s Candy Store at 113 Avenue A. The awning and the small extension.  It’s quite the sight.

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Just a day after a tight-knit group assembled for a candlelight vigil, during which Chico spoke so eloquently, the iconic street artist returned with a ladder and an assortment of spray cans. When we ambled past yesterday evening, Avenue A regulars were watching as the final touches were applied to the memorial artwork. Hanging about as if Arihood was still there in spirit.  He is. The faces of both Ray and Bob now adorn either side of the canopy, along with the quote – “Truth, Justice and the Comics.”

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Ray’s Candy Store has proper signage again.

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