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Villainous vandals ruin Chinatown Art in Storefronts mural

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A mural installed in Chinatown under the Art Commission’s Art in Storefronts program was meant to discourage graffiti. Unfortunately, it wasn’t good enough to keep vandals from leaving their marks.

The artist, Leland Wong, sent out this picture Thursday of a tag that covers a significant portion of the mural, marring several cutouts of cute kids.

Unfortunately, it was Wong’s first mural in The City and he apparently wasn’t aware that it helps to use a certain type of paint to be able to clean up the ubiquitous chicken scratch left behind by “street artists.”

“I tried to clean the tags off my mural with xylene,” Wong writes. “But the paint is epoxy based. Have to repaint and re-adhere new images.”

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