A painting of Sid Vicious by street artist Mr. Brainwash is drawing the ire of L.A. street art aficionados, in part because the mural covered up a recently beloved mural of a traffic-eating dog by Ericailcane. It also doesn’t help that the work is hardly impressive, “a piece of Sid clip-art with a dash of snot splatter” as one observer puts it. The backlash isn’t surprising though. Mr. Brainwash has never gotten much respect from the street art world thanks to his stylistic similarities to artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey and his overuse of popular images, like the Dennis Morris photo this painting was based on.

Photos by Lord Jim.