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Mural Of Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir To Be Unveiled In Arts District Sunday

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Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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Mike Muir, the frontman of punk/metal band Suicidal Tendencies, will be honored in a mural Sunday in the Arts District. L.A. City Councilman José Huizar commissioned the mural from L.A.-based artist Robert Vargas, who is the artist behind iconic downtown murals like Our Lady of DTLA and Eastside Luv. The mural is located on Santa Fe Street near the future 6th Street Bridge and will be unveiled at 2 p.m., after which the band will perform a free concert.

Councilman Huizar commissioned the mural as a way to honor Muir, who is a Los Angeles icon, and feature an up-and-coming local artist, according to L.A. Weekly. Huizar became friends with Muir after meeting him backstage at a concert five years ago; he was also a fan of the band during his younger years growing up in Boyle Heights.

Vargas has been working on the mural free-hand, without using stencils or grids. He paints overnight in order to avoid the construction in the area, and he's been tracking his progress on Instagram. According to L.A. Weekly, the mural is being painted on a private wall and the owner is leasing the spot to the city.

Suicidal Tendencies has had a tumultuous relationship with Los Angeles, at one point being banned from all clubs in the city and accused of both being in gangs like Venice 13 and inciting violence at their shows. The band has now come full circle, with Muir's face a permanent fixture in a city-sponsored work of art.

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The mural unveiling and concert will be located at 585. S. Sante Fe Ave. Los Angeles, 90013. The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.