Defaced Eminem mural painted over; artist vows to start fresh

Cass Corridor site where Eminem mural was painted over the weekend was back to its original brown on Wednesday.

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Artist Chris Devins had already planned to return to Detroit to fix up the Eminem mural he painted in the Cass Corridor that was defaced less than 24 hours after he finished it. 

Now he'll have to start from scratch, as the mural was completely painted over on Wednesday.

A mural of Eminem which went up over the weekend was defaced. September 7, 2021,Detroit, Mi.

"When doing actual street art, as opposed to commissioned murals, you know going in that it may not last," Devins wrote in a post on Instagram. "That said, I'm surprised at the speed in which the Sep. 4th mural was defaced and now, painted over. The Em mural is no more. The fun Police strike again." 

The post was accompanied by a picture of the wall, at 3107 Cass Ave., which shows it's back to its original brown.

Devins, a Chicago street artist who has done murals of rappers King Von and Juice WRLD in his home city, painted the Eminem mural on Saturday. Within a day it had been defaced, covered in bird heads inked by a Sharpie.

"I felt terrible," Devins told The News. "I was devastated. Who would do that? That's against the rules of street art."

He vowed then to come back and touch up the work. Still undeterred, he plans to soon visit Detroit and finish what he started. 

"I am coming back," Devins said in an email Wednesday. "Will have to find a new wall."