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THE SPRAY CAN
The mural, “I See Something New Every Day,” is a product of the MuralsDC program; artist Cita Sadeli “Chelove” came to the project via her friend Cory Stowers, the art director at Words Beats & Life, who helped coordinate last summer’s mural projects. The spray can 1 represents 2DK L.A.B., the crew Stowers and some of the mural’s assistants—AMAK, FAME, and SLR—belong to.
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The mural mostly focuses on D.C. musicians and neighborhood figures.“I was thinking of a Where’s Waldo? concept,” says Sadeli, so that kids from nearby Marie Reed Elementary School could pick out new aspects of the mural each time they passed. One exception to the D.C. rule is Ol’ Dirty Bastard manning an ice cream truck 2. “I couldn’t resist Wuifying the ice cream truck,” Sadeli says.
Sadeli lives in Shaw and used to frequent Vegetate, a restaurant owned by DJ Dredd where, occasionally, she’d see Dave Nada 3 spinning. Nada, of course, went on to invent the EDM subgenre moombahton and gig around the world. “It’s impressive what he’s done with the scene, so I had to put him in there,” Sadeli says.
Not only does Sadeli reference Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers’ hit “Wind Me Up” 4, she also includes a pair of Emmanuelle Khanh sunglasses 5, a fixture in D.C. in the ‘80s and ‘90s and the Godfather of Go-Go’s trademark.
When the District’s animal control catches a feral cat 6, the bureau will cut a tip off one of the animal’s ears after spaying or neutering it. “It’s kind of a marker for animal control,” says Sadeli. “Folks that know would get a kick out of that.”
Can you find: 1) Bad Brains? 2) DJ Hut? 3) The Blackbyrds? 4) HarDCore?