R&B singer Chris Brown continues to refuse covering up or removing his Los Angeles home’s graffiti despite ample backlash from neighbors and has stood behind his decision.
According to reports, Chris Breezy believes he is fully protected and off the hook courtesy of the First Amendment.
Brown just filed an appeal with the city — telling officials the bill they’re trying to stick him with for having an “unpermitted” mural on the front wall of his Hollywood Hills home is pure B.S.. According to the legal documents, obtained by TMZ, Brown claims the city is wrongly trying to nail him for having an illegal “sign” — when the graffiti is art that “[enhances] the architectural and aesthetic features of the residential property.” Translation — my artwork makes my house look dope, son! (TMZ)
If the city’s Department of Building and Safety is unwilling to budge, Breezy will have to take things to Superior Court.
Then Chris drops the constitutional bomb — arguing, “The murals are a reflection of [my] aesthetic taste and a reflection of free speech and expression protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.” Brown’s case is now in the hands of the Dept. of Building and Safety’s board of appeals — and if they shut him down, he can bring the fight to L.A. County Superior Court. In fact, there’s a chance … albeit a small chance … that Brown’s case could go all the way up to the Supreme Court if he’s not willing to back down. (TMZ)
Renowned graffiti artist Alan Ket recently spoke to SOHH about the singer’s headline-generating artwork and the backlash it has received.
“I think the Chris Brown graffiti thing is ridiculous for a couple reasons. It’s ridiculous that he’s being harassed because it’s his own property. He should be able to do what he wants because it’s his own property. I guess different towns have their own regulations but I just think it’s ridiculous from that perspective, from a legal perspective. From an aesthetic perspective, what he’s doing is not so good. It doesn’t have high, artistic merit, so to speak, or exhibit great, technical skill or great artistic ability. It’s pretty mediocre but that’s just how I see it. I don’t think this has anything to do with [the graffiti culture] at all. It’s just a guy who is a backpainter who painted in front of his house with some wacky cartoons. It has nothing to do with graffiti culture, it has nothing to do with tagging or any of the movement or even the ideas that come to mind when you think of graffiti. You don’t necessary think of bad cartoons.” (SOHH)
Last month, Breezy hopped onto Twitter to go off on his neighbors over the dispute.
Keep em inside then! It’s art. There are scarier creatures on Harry potter. Get a f*cking life!,” he tweeted May 12th.
“”Lords of dogtown”is how I live my life. #Free ima paint until my hands fall off.” (Chris Brown’s Twitter)