So, permission was given to a very active graffiti writer to bomb the TWIST mural on Houston Street, it was given by the artist himself. The Hole Gallery, which is now responsible for curating the wall, said Barry McGee asked one “his local friends to do a SACE tribute,” before the wall undergoes another seasonal transformation.

But the gallery also admitted that they didn’t file for any permits, so technically, there was an element of risk, especially when veteran graffiti photographer Martha Cooper publishes a close-up of his face. Luckily for _ _ _ _, that photo was taken down. Next up: NYC art scene fixture Kenny Scharf. The wall has already been buffed and he should be starting any minute now…

(Photos: Martha Cooper)