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Commissioned Graffiti Art Is Advertising, According To City

Illegal guerrilla marketing or graffiti art? Photo courtesy of NoHoArtsDistrict
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Art, eyesore or...advertising? Valley Village resident Barbara Black was slapped with a $336 fine after a mural she commissioned from local high school artists was considered a violation of the city's advertising signage codes, reports NoHoArtsDistrict.

Black, an artist and former film & TV costume illustrator, had commissioned 10 North Hollywood High students to paint a 90-foot fence on her personal property as a way to give the young artists an outlet for their work.

If the mural isn't whitewashed by March 24, Bush faces additional $1,900 in penalties.