All Hail the Return of the East Village Joe Strummer Mural
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Dr. Revolt returned to Niagara yesterday to redo the world famous Joe Strummer mural that has graced this facade for over a decade.
Contractors had sandblasted the previous incarnation of the painting last month as part of exterior renovations up above at 132 East Seventh Street. Public outcry predictably followed shortly thereafter, but Niagara owner-musician Jesse Malin promised the legendary figure would return to the neighborhood. That day finally arrived yesterday, and the artist began spray-painting yet another interpretation. And with a steady audience of iPhone-toting passersby. Most of the mural was completed by nightfall … but there’s still some work to be done. Note the “under construction” tag.
As for Dr. Revolt, this guy has been around since the seventies. He used to roll (and spray) with the city graffiti crew Rolling Thunder Writers. The posse handled everything from tags to elaborate pieces. Probably his biggest claim to fame, other than Joe Strummer, is having designed the logo for Yo! MTV Raps.
For more in-depth coverage on the mural itself, head over to EV Grieve.