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.
However, Kidult himself doesn’t seem to be amused by the shirt. He tweeted back, “@MarcJacobsIntl … ??? LET’S PLAY, but we don’t play the same rules!” He later retweeted this from @lexisnotdead: “SHAME on you, YOU COPY @therealkidult to make money with it, capitalist thieve [sic] RT @MarcJacobsIntl.”
So, Kidult vs. Marc Jacobs?