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NYC - East Village: Chico's Loaisada | by wallyg
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NYC - East Village: Chico's Loaisada

This mural, on Avenue C, by local artist Antonio Garcia, known simply as Chico tells the story of Loisaida, the Spanglish term for Lower East Side.


The neighorhood is filled with Chico's renegade work which dates back to the early 80's when he used to tag old redbird subway cars. He is often credited with transforming subway graffiti into a more accepted art form. His first mural — long gone — was a jab at then President Reagan: a tank driving toward the words "World War III." Then local businesses offered to pay him $100, then more, to paint walls near their stores creating an eclectic range of art.

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Taken on June 10, 2006