It’s been a big week for graffiti artist Lushsux.
First his RIP mural of Taylor Swift, commemorating the singer’s death (or at least the demise of her perfect image in the eyes of the media), went viral. Reported on the world over, the artwork he created in Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane even attracted the attention of the latter half of Hiddleswift herself, who tweeted that she (obviously) didn’t approve the work.
The first problem to befall the mural was that people just couldn’t leave the damn thing alone. First it was inexplicably edited by an unknown artist to instead mourn the death of Harambe the Gorilla, before another enthusiast gave it second do-over, altering it so that it depicted a grinning Kanye West.
The latest drama? Lushsux’s Instagram account was mysteriously deleted overnight, and he’s not happy about it. We got his thoughts on the whole shebang.
Tell me about your instagram account being deleted – what happened?
I have no idea that is the problem, no warning or email in regards to this. But I feel it was either the new mural of Hillary Clinton in a star spangled bikini or like something stemming from how viral the Taylor Swift memorial wall got over the last week.
Have you had a negative reaction like this to your work before?
Not to the point that I’ve had my account deleted. Bit of an overkill. I think it’s because it’s precious white woman Hillary Clinton who is a perfect angel and didn’t do nothing.
Do you think it’s a sign that you’re doing something right – that you’re getting this much of a reaction from the world?
But now the powers that be are out to curtail that it seems. From their moon base no doubt, god damned reptilian overlords!
What are your favourite pieces that you’ve done, and why?
Always the last piece and then I hate it an hour later anyways.
Tell me about the RIP Taylor Swift piece. What inspired you to create it? What were you aiming to do?
Just to take the piss. Nothing more or less. But it just kept getting better and better as it got along.
What’s your background – how did you get into painting these huge amazing murals?
Well I wasn’t going to be a doctor or a lawyer so I guess I just became some kind of meme artist?
What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?
Have multiple social media accounts and say your prayers, take your vitamins and you will never go wrong.
What’s next for you?
Might paint a huge Trump nude, call it the “Dongald”. Wonder if the same people who snitched me out will do it again now.
Whether or not you think reptilian overlords, the Clinton Camp, or Tay-Tay is behind Lushsux’s Instagram removal, I think we can all agree the Dongald is something we’re pretty curious about seeing.