Most artistically inclined individuals would kill for a chance to work with Marc Jacobs. Not so for French graffiti artist Kidult, who’s just found himself as one-half of an unwilling t-shirt collaboration and now, an on-going feud.
On Tuesday, employees of Jacobs’s SoHo boutique found themselves dealing with the unexpected and unpleasant job of scrubbing their storefront after what appeared to be Kidult’s latest graffiti attack. The spray paint, a gigantically scribbled hot pink “ART,” was reminiscent of some of Kidult’s previous work (last fall, he tagged both Celine’s and Hermes’s Paris storefronts). Following the incident, Jacobs began cryptically tweeting about ‘Art Jacobs @ Marc Jacobs’– and now there’s an actual product to purchase. Enter the limited edition “Art by Art Jacobs” tee, a pink cotton t-shirt featuring a photo of the graffiti’d store facade, available for the totally reasonable price of just $689. Prior to tax, that is.
Surely Kidult must be reaping some of the profit, right? Well…not so much. As The Cut pointed out, the tagger just tweeted back to MJ “@MarcJacobsIntl … ??? LET’S PLAY, but we don’t play the same rules!” later referring to Jacobs as a “capitalist thieve [sic]” via a retweet from another account.
But is MJ a “thieve”– or a thief, even? Kidult’s “Art” art was technically a vandalization of private property, and since he’s basically admitting that he was the artist/perpetrator, it almost seems like Marc Jacobs is letting him get off easy. Either way, we can’t wait to see how the rest of this plays out–or who we’ll actually see wearing that inexpensive t-shirt around the city.