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Posted at 2:44 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Do you [heart] gentrification?

By Jessica Dawson

heartgentrification.JPGI've passed this street art gem on 14th street, NW, just north of T, countless times. Though I've no idea who did it -- if you do, please ping me; bonus points if you can I.D. the tat -- I relish the skewering of Washington's hipster 'hood (one that I, admittedly, frequent). Mr. Skinny Jeans's "I [heart] Gentrification" shirt looks to be straight out of DC artist/impresario Billy Colbert's wry collection (a friend gifted me Colbert's "Virginia is for Commuters" shirt a few years back). Standing sentry across the street from Room & Board and due north of Cafe St Ex, our hipster acts something like a 21st century vanitas --- not a reminder of death, exactly, but certainly a reminder of change.

By Jessica Dawson  | November 19, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Jessica Dawson, Public Art  
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