Chico & La Petite Mort Say ‘RIP Taylor Swift’ with New Mural on Orchard Street
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Chico spent his last night in town painting a gate on Orchard Street, before heading south for the winter. And it’s timely. The new mural – sprayed onto the exterior of La Petite Mort – skewers Taylor Swift and her role as “Global Welcome Ambassador” for New York City. “RIP Taylor Swift,” reads the artwork, surrounded by hearts and the city skyline. A commentary on the death of the city.
Everyone has something to say about the matter. The vintage boutique at 37 Orchard is no exception.
We here at LPM have nothing but love for Taylor Swift. Rather, our comment is on the whitewashing and gentrification of New York.
While we realize and appreciate that New York is ever changing, when a starving artist once representative of the New York spirit is replaced by the modern 19 million dollar condo owner who drinks lattes we have to shake our heads.
We worked with a true NY graffiti legend (Chico LES) to paint our take on the situation. Chico got his start painting memorial murals in the lower east side in the 80’s. While Taylor Swift is alive and well, and we wish her no harm, she did kill off yet another piece of that broken New York spirit. The idea of her being our spokesperson is DEAD and we expressed that through a true ny artist. RIP TAYLOR SWIFT.