Artist John Garcia, who was commissioned to design this mural of rapper Biggie Smalls on S. Portland Street in Fort Greene, says he was never credited for his work.
“It’s frustrating, because I literally laid out everything on the wall,” said Garcia, who is upset that his name is absent from most of the company’s material on the mural. “They didn’t mention me and they said in the future in they
Habana Outpost owner Sean Meenan said he was only trying to “unite” the neighborhood when he took a famous photo of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and had it repainted with the image of rapper Notorious B.I.G., complete with the restaurant’s “H” logo in place of the red star on the guerilla’s cap.
The mural, located on Meenan’s builing at S. Portland and Fulton streets, includes one of Biggie Smalls’s lyrics, “Spread love/It’s the Brooklyn way” — but it has has been anything but unifying.