Following Tampa’s new illegal ‘Back the Blue’ mural, protesters will hold a rally to ‘Paint the Picture’

Since it was originally painted last Saturday evening in the middle of East Madison Street, the new mural has become a nationwide viral joke.

click to enlarge Following Tampa’s new illegal ‘Back the Blue’ mural, protesters will hold a rally to ‘Paint the Picture’
Photo by Ray Roa

It was recently discovered that a new “Back the Blue” street mural in front of Tampa Police headquarters was made without a permit, and while the City of Tampa has yet to say what will happen to the illegal artwork, local protesters are now saying they’ll hold a nearby rally this weekend to “Paint the Picture.”

A recent flier, tweeted from the Tampa Protest social media account, doesn’t specifically say which picture will be painted, so to find out you’ll have to show up at Curtis Hixon Park, on Saturday August 8, at 5.p.m. The flier also says this is a Black Lives Matter event. 

Since it was originally painted last Saturday evening in the middle of East Madison Street, the new mural has become a nationwide viral joke, with locals and celebrities pointing out that it’s impossible to read and “looks like shit.” 

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In a statement sent to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Monday afternoon, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said, “Any tribute to honor their service is welcome. It’s unfortunate they didn’t see the permitting process through so that our community could participate in showing their appreciation for the brave men and women that service our residents every day.”

While people have pointed out that stopping traffic to paint an un-permitted mural could be considered criminal mischief, there’s no word if charges will be filed against the group of “patriots,” one of which already has a criminal history

TPD has already shown that people can illegally block traffic, paint the street, and shut down the intersection in front of their headquarters without any violence or provocation, so it will be interesting to see if the department treats the BLM protesters with the same courtesy. 

click to enlarge Following Tampa’s new illegal ‘Back the Blue’ mural, protesters will hold a rally to ‘Paint the Picture’
Photo via Tampa Protests/Twitter

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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