A worker who was hired to clear graffiti sprayed by the artist DS off a wall in London was immortalized by the same artist who sprayed his image on the same piece of concrete just hours later.
The stencil artist created the piece that he called, Bad Kitty, which saw the infamous children’s character wearing bondage garments, back in May. However, only eight hours after spraying his work on the wall, he found that someone had removed the graffiti.
However, DS managed to take photos of the moment, and so he then decided to commemorate his efforts by painting his image onto the same wall in Essex Road, Islington. Somehow, despite the controversy surrounding the original, the replacement still remains intact.
DS told the Daily Mail, “I did the first piece, ‘Bad Kitty,’ late last year with the second May this year. The first piece isn’t my style but I have a bit of a dislike of Hello Kitty’s squeaky clean image so I wanted to use her and Miffy.”
DS also discussed the moment his original piece was removed, stating, “My reaction to it being removed was a little different than normally. Knowing a piece has been removed or painted over doesn’t bother me, it’s the name of the game in graffiti but this time was a little different as it only last eight hours.”
He then added, “So you can imagine my frustration when coming back I found the council (or private company I’m not sure) starting the process of erasing it from the wall – which I documented. Looking through the images I took I saw a great one of the removals man so I wanted to put him up in the same space.”
DS then stated that when “Banksy does a piece,” it normally gets protected by the council; however, new artist’s work is always taken down immediately.