‘Facebook Muralist’ David Choe Begins Work at the Bowery Graffiti Wall

Posted on: May 31st, 2017 at 5:11 am by

Millionaire muralist David Choe is two days into work on the latest art to grace the Bowery Graffiti Wall. He began over the holiday weekend, and will continue through the end of the week. This scribbly mess is the progress thus far.

As usual, the corner was crowded much of yesterday afternoon with gawkers, photographers (i.e. Martha Cooper), and other street art aficionados. And when the day’s job is complete, a security detail is there to ensure no taggers wield the spray can.

As previously reported, the new piece will be on display through October 2017.

Facebook made Korean-American artist David Choe a multimillionaire. Entrepreneur Sean Parker, a longtime fan, had tapped the artist in 2005 to paint “graphic sexual murals” inside Facebook’s first Silicon Valley office. When offered “cash in the thousands” or company stock as payment, Choe chose the latter. The gamble certainly paid off, especially after the IPO in 2012. The take amounted to hundreds of millions.

Some street art circles are not happy with Choe as the selection for the Bowery Graffiti Wall, though. They point to a 2014 Buzzfeed article that recounts an alleged rape incident as told on his old podcast with porn star co-host Asa Akira.

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