Artist Paints over Own Mural at Mission Cantina after Danny Bowien Removes Signature


When Danny Bowien commissioned a giant rainbow skull mural of Frida Kahlo for his new restaurant, Mission Cantina, he probably didn’t think it would case him controversy, much less suddenly vanish overnight. OH BUT IT DID.

After he realized that the artist, Theodore Bradley, had signed the mural with his email address (see Bowien’s photo above), the chef asked him to remove it for fear that it would make the artwork look like an advertisement. Bradley refused saying that the email address was his signature. Bowien then made the mistake of painting over the signature himself.

Bowery Boogie soon came across a blank wall where the rainbow skull used to be, as well as one very pissed off Bradley. In an email, he told them that he wasn’t “trying to advertise my services, I just wanted to paint and share it with my friends.” But since Mission Cantina “didn’t like the fact that my name or info was on it, [they] don’t deserve to have my work on his wall! So I painted over.”

Bowien took to Twitter to defend his actions:



But regardless, he’s chill with it, as always:


[h/t Eater NY]

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