Quixote's True Blue: The new Jerry Garcia mural at 314 East 13th Avenue defaced overnight

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Britt Chester
The new Jerry Garcia mural on the side of Quixote's True Blue at 314 E. 13th Avenue

UPDATE 11/13/12: As you can see from the photo above, which was just snapped moments ago, the east wall at 314 E. 13th Avenue, the former home of Bender's Tavern and the current home of Quixote's True Blue, is no longer blackened. A fresh mural of Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia has been added to the building in place of the previous murals that were painted over this past weekend. It's unclear whether work is finished yet or not, but we suspect the latter, as the mural hasn't been signed yet. Keep reading for the original items and photos and for a bigger view of the new mural.

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Britt Chester

Keep reading for our original items and photos of the other murals.

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Quixote's True Blue

314 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

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ckof
ckof

There are people in music who have a legacy and importance that goes beyond fans of their music. Jerry Garcia is not such a person. 

heykayladreamer
heykayladreamer

You would think that they would have fixed the bar up first,seeing that the booths are still falling apart,instead of immediatly painting over Cash. They haven't even painted over where it says Benders above the door. With a new bar opening you excpect more than the art work and the name to chabge.The whole thing weirds me out,some one needs to open up a cool bar on 13th.

greazy9
greazy9

Let's talk facts, shall we? The "artist" simply painted a beard and sunglasses onto the original Johnny painting. So in truth, the Jerry Garcia is just defacement of an iconic landmark in Denver. It shows no respect for the community and even less respect for the artist that painted the original. You won the battle hippies. You took over yet another legendary establishment and made a mockery of it. Now go back to your corporate jobs and smile.

arjun.narayan
arjun.narayan

somebody should just paint King Diamond over the thing and call it a day.

kityempire
kityempire

Many a Cap Hillite has expressed disdain over what appeared to be an aggressive -- if artistic-- action of literally decapitating the head of a rock legend, on a legendary rock n roll bar, on the infamous rock n roll street, which is anchored by one of the most legendary rock n roll record shops in the country: all for the Fat Man.  Maybe not the best way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood---I mean, anybody Remember the Saga of  7 South? Not saying I support vandalism, but it shows the age ol' adage is true: punks and hippies can never be friends.

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ChuckNaked
ChuckNaked

How about everyone just stops acting like a punk and start respecting others and others'  property?  Treat people like you'd like to be treated.  Isn't that like... a rule... something about GOLD?  But I guess if you like pain and being treated like shit, then carry on Wayne.

jjdoglegg
jjdoglegg

I know the Jerry artist personally, he's got friends that will see justice is served to the juvenile vandals. We've already got a few leads. 

S63
S63

Not cool. Damn.

zoso6322
zoso6322

If these defacers cared so much about the original mural, why didn't they support the original business that got the mural painted? You had your chance, Benders is gone now, and Quixotes took over. I'm so glad to see this venue will finally be utilized in the neighborhood, great music and great people coming together to have some good ol fashioned fun!! I'll be happy to see Jerry smiling over the neighborhood, and in response to a post below; maybe having more people in the area consistently will scare off the muggers to find another empty street with less people to mug on.

Sam DeWitt
Sam DeWitt

That Tommy's original was taken down is sad; this defacement is sad and disappointing. Come on, Denver. Be better than this.

Andrew Schneider
Andrew Schneider

Although the whole mural debacle is unfortunate, we wish people were so passionate (or even aware) about the scene up here in Ft. Collins.

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

We fear change.

 

I'm not as worried about this mural as I am about the poor guy that got stabbed last week right on the corner. Horrible. WTF is going on with violent crime in Cap Hill? My friend was also jumped and mugged right in that same spot at around the same time. Right after closing, in the shadows.

 

I'm more concerned about putting a Sancho's-esque bar in this exact spot. Its really busy, even compared to the Washington and Colfax location of Sanchos. And, let's be honest, its a bit of a dangerous spot for someone tripping/seriously effed up to stroll out on 13th, unaware of how aggressive that street is. I've seen hundreds or near-miss type situations in that stretch along 13th. Not to be Mr. Nanny here, but good people are getting hit and killed by cars all over town... it's not good and needs to stop.

 

So, if we can improve the survival ratio on this stretch, then I'll actually give a crap about a mural.

jabuhrer
jabuhrer

That Cash mural looked like shit anyway. You people and your sacred cows.

rightonbarto
rightonbarto

Hey Loaded, a lot of people care... and guess what? Just because some people (me included) are  bothered but awful mural doesn't mean that it's our only care in the world. I have plenty to bitch about AND celebrate (simultaneously) all the time. Is your mind blown? Fracking locally, yep, that's an topic of deep concern, maybe it should be written about, oh wait it HAS been written about. THIS piece of fodder came from an music/entertainment writer in an ENTERTAINMENT rag! In fact, this is the exact right forum to report on it. And since that's cleared up I think it's fair to say that this is a train-wreck of a mural. It doesn't look good. And to add insult to injury, it's painted over, what was, a really tasteful and classic image of the Man in Black. Are there worse things happening in the world that could be scrutinized? Most certainly. Are there worse art-crimes being committed against the citizens of Denver, especially the ones who frequent that part of 13th? Nope.

Loaded
Loaded

Who fucking cares? Seriously? With all the SHIT that has been happening in Denver lately..is this really such a serious issue?? So a stupid hippy bar painted over something..is this worse than Hickenlooper suporting local fracking? Or the police brutality issues that have been completely swept under the rug? Or the massive rise in crime over the past year? Really? Is this all you have to bitch about?

gwin_coleman
gwin_coleman

I was so bummed to see the Johnny Cash painting gone when I drove by and am now even more bummed that he has been replaced by Jerry Garcia. No hard feelings Jerry, I just never got into your music.

Gwin Coleman
Gwin Coleman

gone or done? Either way, I miss Johnny. :(

Gwin Coleman
Gwin Coleman

I was so bummed to see the Johnny Cash painting gone when I drove by and am now even more bummed that he has been replaced by Jerry Garcia. No hard feelings Jerry, I just never got into your music.

ccwuensch
ccwuensch

Real piece of art? Says who? You? Because you're a bigger Johnny Cash fan than a Jerry Garcia fan? Have any of you stepped a foot INSIDE of Quixote's ever?

justaboxofrain
justaboxofrain

And "captainlemming", fitting in this case. They painted everything black. Nothing remains from the Cash.

justaboxofrain
justaboxofrain

Relax turds, its only 4 hours of work. No where near completed.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@heykayladreamer How about you since you seem to think only you get to define"cool". BTW I can't stand the dead. Love Johnny Cash. 

phxmark86
phxmark86

@greazy9 You are missing the point. It is not "art" or respecting what random people want. It about property and ownership rights.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@kityempire I don't think you fully understand what literally means. Again its not about "art" or preserving random peoples fond memories. Its about ownership rights. If the place was so beloved by so many it wouldn't have gone under. You dont support a BUSINESS by complaining about changes by the new owner, you do it by spending money there. Bars that make no money don't get to stay there because people liked them. To little to late people. 

garcia.jerome
garcia.jerome

 @kityempire I always thought punks and hippies were one in the same: both smoke weed, both don't bathe, both are very liberal, both do most their shopping at thrift stores, both always have a dog trailing them.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@ChuckNaked Correct. its about property rights, not art. Hey Chuck, any relation to Buck?

phxmark86
phxmark86

@jjdoglegg And being an adult that would exact their own justice on a kid(Im assuming you are talkiing  about violence, not a stern  lecture or community service) is so much better than being a teenage vandal. Leads? Got the boys down at the lab working in shifts nancy drew?

phxmark86
phxmark86

@Jeremy Coss Its a business, Why would they spend money on something that failed?

eldaveablo
eldaveablo

 @stevecarl_1 Yeah, nothing says you are a grown up like logging onto an internet message board and throwing insults at your stereotype of choice because one person decided to throw paint. Way to lead by example. With this warm attitude, you definitely aren't encouraging future actions like this. 

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka Maybe a way to improve the survival ratio would be not to get so drunk or drugged up that you walkk in  front of a car and ruin some innocent persons day? Now may we continue to care sir? Please give some feces, BECAUSE IF YOU GIVE A CRAP, THEN THINGS WILL REALLY CHANGE


phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka And if asshole doesn't give a crap, no else is allowed to either. Because its all about him. This was meant as a message to only him. Hey asshole, could you give a fart about it? Come on, not even a wet fart, just a dry fart? It won't even take up any of your time to clean up after.If only so others may be allowed to copntinue to care? just a dry fart. Please?

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalickaIs this the same guy that said he would knock out my teeth, put me in a garbage can and urinate on me? You asshole, you are what the fuck is going on with violent crime in cap hill. Sub human animals like you that think they have the right to assault people because the don't like what they've heard or seen. Or sub human animals like you that would attempt to intimidate people on chat boards with threats of violence because you don't like what they said. The fact that trash like yourself is walking around free in cap hill is the problem. You fucking sub human hypocrite. You fucking cancer on society. I look forward to "claiming my words" and seeing that you are put where you belong or exposed as as the loud mouthed all talk lowlife that you are. Thinking you can silence people you don't agree with by threatening to beat them and piss on them while expressing concern for the "violent crime problem". Either way, you are a piece of shIt, it just needs to be determined which kind. I'm betting its the spineless kind that thinks he can shut down thoughts he  doesn't' like with baseless, vile threats. Were you drunk when you made those threats scumbag?Someone like you that makes threats like that should not be allowed to drink and needs to be watched closely. You are either full of shit, or YOU  AND TRASH LIKE YOU are the problem. .So whats it going to be hard ass? More threats or back peddling about what a civilized guy you really are? Or just ignoring the question? Either way, you are scarring no one. You just motivated me to talk even more shit to you and accept your challenge. Fucking animal and/or lying sack of shit.


ChuckNaked
ChuckNaked

 @yodownmuthalicka 

YES, let's live in FEAR.  24/7... No fucking thanks.  If shit happens, it happens.  I've lived in NY; Syracuse (South Salina street ALONE has more crime than the whole city of Denver) and I have also stayed in the ghetto with my best friend that lives in DC.  Try Detroit for a night. This is nothing.  Move to Elba if you are so scared.  Stay in your house like a hermit.  OR CHANGE THE WORLD AND DO SOMETHING!  This negative thinking and whining about something that NEVER EVEN HAPPENED TO YOU is annoying.  Call your Representative, Meet with the Police Chief. Call for town meetings... ETC.

 

This is just like, my opinion, so try not to take it too seriously and melt over it too much.  Free speech or whatever.

sam.dewitt.2001
sam.dewitt.2001

 @jabuhrer You're a moron. The mural was fantastic.

 

But this defacement is no better than painting over Tommy's original work.

milleralexjames
milleralexjames

 @rightonbarto No kidding. By Loaded's process of thinking, I shouldn't care about a mural in Cap Hill cause there's kids dying of AIDS in Africa.

 

It was a really cool mural by a talented artist and it's a shame to see it go. What's a bigger shame is the way it was painted over that the original artist has summed up nicely. Now I hope they paint a wonderful mural over the black wall, whatever it may be, and I'm glad that all the parties involved realized their mistakes and there will be a fresh, clean start.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@Loaded Then why are you commenting here instead of on an article you deem worthy of caring about?

phxmark86
phxmark86

@jjdoglegg Let ma add as an adult I know that it was wrong. But Id bet the doers of the deed are getting off on the publicity. Especially claims  of impending capture. I know my friends and I loved seeing our bad deeds in the paper. Especially if there was a cop talking about how close  they were to getting us, which there was.. Just saying.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@ChuckNaked @yodownmuthalicka He doesn't believe in free speech. He thinks he has the right to attack and urinate on people people that say things he doesn't like.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@sam.dewitt.2001 @jabuhrer Its up to the owner to decide whats on his building. I can't believe you dont see the difference there. Because you think it was fantastic the owner was out of line for changing it? The owner has every right to paint over it, whoever vandalized it was out of line.

jabuhrer
jabuhrer

 @sam.dewitt.2001 Well damn, the defacement was certainly unnecessary. I was hoping things would follow their natural order and 7 or 8 years from now some Juggalos would but the struggling place and paint an Insane Clown face over it, and we'd hear these same stupid arguments from the deadheads. HERESY!!!

milleralexjames
milleralexjames

 @stevecarl_1  @rightonbarto  @eldaveablo Quit pretending like you're speaking for large groups of people. It's terrible that someone defaced this Jerry Garcia mural, and that person should be brought to justice. No one needs you being an idiot and labeling groups of people who you couldn't possibly know whether or not they were involved.

rightonbarto
rightonbarto

 @stevecarl_1  @eldaveablo "Seriously...you punk rock/hipster types need to grow the fuck up." - obviously a specific comment to the person/persons who did this. eldaveablo is right, you're full of it.

 

EdisaurusRex
EdisaurusRex

 @stevecarl_1  @eldaveablo The vandal who painted over JC must be punished.  Most people can't stand Jerry Garcia, let alone the meandering LSD muzak of the Grateful Dead.

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