DJ Lee Mayjahs confessed through an assortment of online venues Sunday that he was indeed responsible for the defaced Kurt Vile mural in Fishtown.
Mayjahs was caught white-handed Saturday morning painting over the iconic Steve Powers (aka ESPO) mural, which was created in conjunction Vile's 2013 album "Wakin' on a Pretty Daze."
Najeeb Sheikh, a local artist, took a cell phone photo of the man in action and posted it to his Instagram account. Sheikh, who posts under the name @dasheikee, wrote that he was “Driving down front street at 9am this morning and this made me sick to my stomach. Random dude decided to buff the @steveespopowers mural because he doesn’t approve of it.”
On Sunday, local reporter Leah Kauffman posted a Q&A with Mayjahs to her Facebook page in which Mayjahs said he has lived in Fishtown for 15 years and cares about its future.
"For some reason I feel like ever since that piece has been there it’s attracted more and more graffiti," Mayjahs told Kauffman. "Every time I paint over illegal graffiti I was blaming it on it (the mural) and I didn’t realize the people in the neighborhood love it, I’ve never really sat and looked at it. I never did any research on it and then I just snapped."