Shepard Fairey Stencils Debbie Harry Mural Across from Long-Gone CBGB
As first reported here yesterday, artist Shepard Fairey took to Bleecker Street yesterday to impart a new punk rock mural. The two-year-old Joey Ramone treatment – what some have called a subtle advertisement for Overthrow Boxing Gym – had been erased the day before in preparation for the next in line.
The piece is a nod to Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, and comes courtesy of the Little Italy Street Art Project. The grassroots street art charity maintains a relationship with Fairey, which also resulted in “We Own the Future” (August 2014) and “Rise Above” (October 2016) murals on the Bowery and First Avenue respectively.
Sitting just across from 315 Bowery, this wall canvas will reportedly remain a tribute to the legacy of the club. Sources tell us that the LISA Project will impart a new CBGB-themed mural on this spot biannually.
As Alex at Flaming Pablum notes, this wall really belongs to photographer/filmmaker Drew Carolan, who used the brick as backdrop for photos of fans at the hardcore CBGB matinees in the 1980s. Check out the clip below.