It used to be that tagging was deliberately done clandestinely. Graffiti artists didn’t want people to know who they really were, as that was half the fun of marking one’s territory with an alter ego of a name. But now, in response to another graffiti company that’s cropped up, taggers are being allowed access to decadent gilded frames that will allow them to appropriately memorex their artwork.
So what’s the latest business to practice the art of capitalizing on Bushwick vanity? Spray (Paint) Me In the Mug. Started by local graffiti artist Mrs. Mindwarp (she’s an acolyte of Mr. Brainwash, bypassing Banksy altogether), Spray (Paint) Me In the Mug offers artists a chance to have their wall art professionally preserved by durable, weather-resistant frames.
Mindwarp told The Burning Bush, “I was passing by this beautiful piece of art one day–an etching of someone’s name that I couldn’t really read–and I thought to myself, ‘This needs to be preserved.’ And that’s when the idea first germinated.” Framing services start at $4,000, and include at least two professional art handlers to pristinely frame your graffiti for a lifetime to come (or until the next condo needs to be erected and the building on which your art is placed must be bulldozed). Check out spraymeinthemug.com for more details.
Written by Genna Rivieccio