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Northside mural vandalized with graffiti

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A Shepard Fairey Mural in Northside has been vandalized once again. This week taggers hit the mural just off of Hamilton Avenue.

The tagging prompted John Beam to come out and do some touch up painting to try to cover up the vandals work.

This isn’t the first time the mural has been tagged, in 2014 the mural was damaged beyond repair and had to be replaced. It’s a task that Beam and Sarah Ahmed took on together at the time.

“When this happens, someone is looking for attention. That’s it,” Ahmed said.

The damage to the mural sparked some outrage on social media among Northside residents who were disappointed to hear about the art being defaced.

“If you followed on Facebook the whole incident that happened, you can see hundreds of people… literally hundreds of people on [Facebook] thanking [Beam] and showing their concern,” Ahmed said. “We just need to realize that there is more good than bad and the smallest example is the greatest one.”

Ahmed hopes graffiti artists can find other avenues to express themselves and now Listermann Brewing Company has partnered with Elementz in Cincinnati to help let the city’s young people express themselves.

The brewing company has offered up one of the walls at their Dana Avenue location for Elementz students to practice their art.

“We’re just really happy that this is allowing, you know, young people to come in and practice an art that otherwise would probably be illegal,” Head Brewer Jared Lewinski said.

When asked if he thought it would help with graffiti/tagging issues in the city Lewinski said it would be great if that was something that came out of this program.

“It’s just being able to allow people to be creative and artistic in ways that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise is pretty freaking cool,” Lewinski said.

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