Rag & Bone, Area Gentrifier, Commissions Anti-Gentrification Mural with Clash Imagery

Posted on: December 19th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Here’s a mural that’ll no doubt stir the pot.

Rag & Bone, a store that replaced Cafe Colonial in 2010 and further contributed to area hyper-gentrification, just commissioned a new anti-gentrification mural for its art wall.

Street artist Dan Whedon (aka Omni NYC) borrowed imagery from the seminal Clash album London Calling in which Paul Simonon smashes his bass guitar against the stage at the Palladium during the September 1979 gig. (Pennie Smith shot the iconic photo.) “Gentrify this” is the proverbial punk statement here, yet seemingly falls flat given the choice of venue.

Whedon completed the mural over the weekend, which also includes shout-outs to CBGB and the iconic SAMO tag.

The piece is the latest in a succession of artwork Rag & Bone has curated since opening here. It’s part of the so-called “Houston/Project.” It all started with an empty tribute to Cafe Colonial in 2010 that stated, “Rag & Bone bids farewell to Cafe Colonial, a neighborhood landmark.”

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