Alan Ket is a 41 year old Inwood resident, and a colleague to acclaimed graffiti writers like Noxer and Tres. But Ket is a muralist first and foremost, using his craft to enrich his community in Harlem. For years he has held the task of painting the side of New Edition cleaners in an attempt to divert the community’s attention from tasteless vandalism. His most recent and perfectly legal approach towards art and social commentary has unfortunately been destroyed by some boys in blue who take themselves VERY fucking seriously.
Ket’s “Murderers” mural was barely 5 days old before police began harassing the family owned Laundromat and demanding its removal. “They were accusing those kids of conspiring against the government and that it was bad for the neighborhood,” said 30 year old Flora Curet, whose parents own the business. “They’re just expressing themselves.”
Official NYPD reports cited neighborhood complaints as their motive when two plain clothes cops arrived at the Laundromat this Tuesday. Three cans of black paint and a couple of roller brushes were all they needed to buff Ket’s piece and circumvent the legal process altogether.
‘Murderers’ was a uniform attack on institutional and corporate villainy.
“I wanted to point out that the war isn’t always abroad but its also actually here,” says Ket.
He pointed his blame at targets ranging from Mcdonalds to Haliburton to the WTO. His inclusion of the NYPD, however, seemed to strike a nerve with the heavy-handed police force.
The NYPD sent plainclothes officers on an unauthorized mission to cover up the mural, an abuse of private property and a blatant violation of our first amendment.
Their misconduct coincides with today’s Fuck The Police (FTP) march, a solidarity movement inspired by the recent police injustices in Anaheim. Demonstrations are expected to be held nationwide, with the central NYC march taking place in Harlem.
We’re hoping that Inwood residents and Ket supporters use the rally as a vehicle for their collective decent.Tweet