NYC Vintage Store Displays ‘RIP Taylor Swift’ Mural [PHOTO]
Not everyone is thrilled that Taylor Swift just became NYC's Welcome Ambassador for Tourism -- and vintage store La Petit Mort is making their opinion on the matter widely known, displaying a large graffiti mural of the 'Shake It Off' singer that reads 'RIP Taylor Swift.' Um, what?
It comes as no surprise that the shocking mural is drawing lots of attention, many stunned that a store would seem to wish death on the superstar. But along with their Instagram pic of the graffiti, the store also explained the reasoning behind the display in a lengthy caption:
"We here at LPM have nothing but love for Taylor Swift. Rather, our comment is on the whitewashing and gentrification of New York," the store captioned the controversial photo. "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."
Which is exactly why they commissioned a graffiti artist to depict their version of the death of New York.
"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," they revealed. "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 ny artist. RIP TAYLOR SWIFT."
Our opinion? If the store is alleging that Taylor Swift "killed off" a piece of New York, wouldn't it have made more sense to accompany the portrait of Taylor with 'RIP New York'? Just a thought.
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