UPDATE: KRON reports that the mural has been defaced a third time, and that the vandals in this third incident were captured on video by a security camera as well. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. We will update with more information as warranted.
For the second time this month, the digital mural on Bryant and 24th Street at the Galería de la Raza has been vandalized.
The mural by Manuel Paul, a member of the Maricón collective, had been cleaned after an incident last weekend and on Saturday afternoon it was in good shape.
However, sometime between then and Sunday morning vandals covered the triptych of images with a black scrawl as if to scratch out the images – one of two men, a central image of a transgender person and a third of two women. Por Vida, or For Life the mural is called.
A person at the Galería said they had video footage of the incident that would be turned over to police. She did not know the time of the incident.
Paul and the three artists who produced the The Q-Sides an exhibit on queer and low-rider culture currently on display inside the Galería, have all been targets of homophobic attacks on social media.
The attacks contrast sharply with the reception the Q-Sides artists got when they approached the low-riding community to participate.
At the opening of the Q-sides show earlier this month, we spoke with Mark Navarrro, of the Bay Bombs Car Club, about the project.
SF Gay Mural and Project Defaced and Defamed, June 17, 2015
The Q-Sides Opens with Style, June 12, 2015