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    Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 10:08pm


Graffiti artists Carmelo "Snow" Sigona (left), "Mr. Mustart," and Ray "Demer" Llopez are three of the five artists painted a tribute to Trayvon Martin on the wall of the Messina Deli in Elmwood Park.


http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/04/trayvon_martin_mural_in_elmwoo.html
If you get a chance, watch the video in this link^^^.

A town in Bergen County, NJ is making up city ordinances out of thin air to have a mural for Trayvon Martin removed. A deli owner had the graffiti art mural commissioned for the side of his deli wall. Town officials told him that residents have complained about the mural and that he must take the mural down by today.

The deli owner has demanded to see a copy of the ordinance that they have cited that he has allegedly violated and is standing his ground that the mural will not be removed until he sees proof of a violation.



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Trayvon Martin mural in Elmwood Park draws mixed reactions
Published: Saturday, April 07, 2012, 7:00 AM     Updated: Saturday, April 07, 2012, 6:44 PM
By Julia Terruso/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger

ELMWOOD PARK — Just as the killing of Trayvon Martin is seen in differing ways, so is a mural created as a tribute to the Florida teen.

Artists call the mural in Elmwood Park an expression of solidarity for the young shooting victim, while some neighbors oppose the display, saying it promotes gang activity.

Now town officials say the mural at Messina deli on East 54th street must come down.

"We got multiple complaints from residents in the area," said mayor Richard Mola. "What they told me is they just don’t like what’s up there."

Mola, who said he has not seen the mural, said the building inspector told the artists to paint over the work because it violated local ordinances. He could not specify which ones.


The town’s website defines graffiti as "knowingly vandalizing or defacing property."

The artists had the support of the building’s owner John Quinn. "I want them to use this as a canvas to bring other issues to the public," he said.

The mural includes no gang insignia or symbols, said one of five artists who worked on it. Carmelo "Snow" Sigona said snap judgments about graffiti art mirror false stereotyping of young men in hoodies.

Breanna Savinon, 16, lives in the only house with windows that face the mural.

"It’s creative, it’s everything the town should want," said Savinon who moved here from Manhattan six years ago. "Maybe growing up around real (gang) tags, it’s easier for me to see that this is actual art," she said.

Lawrence Langerlaan, 71, who’s lived 44 years in the neighborhood, called the mayor’s office to complain.

"That type of art goes with gangs," Langeriaan said. "It's a hooded character with no face. How am I supposed to interpret it?"

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 10:10pm
Why would ppl complain??  Oh yeah,they must be white...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 10:14pm
Originally posted by CamiK CamiK wrote:

Why would ppl complain??  Oh yeah,they must be white...

Some elderly folks in town said on the video and in an article that I read that they think that the mural will spur gang activity...what the hell does the mural have to do with gangs? nothing. smh.

It is an election year with municipal elections beginning in May, so local officials are jumping extra high every time that any complaint over anything arises.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 10:14pm
A beautiful mural with no gang insignia promotes gang activity, huh?

Same type of foolish thinking that made George Zimmermann target and murder Trayvon Martin, if you ask me.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 10:19pm
sigh... i was just looking at this on fb...lol
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 10:24pm
Im not the type of person that gets riled up easily, but this got under my skin.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 07 2012 at 10:33pm
I hope that mural annoys THE royal fukk outta dem yt folks. And on that note, tomorrow I will be sure to rock creta girl obnoxiously big, spread the word to my girls, roll out bout 7 deep, get movie tickets to something extra white....like...American Reunion. And sit smack dab in front of them crakkas. Imma make a harmless annoy yt/revenge threadEvil Smile
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