Muralist Chico Retiring to Florida
To be fair, he has long had a cooperative relationship with local businesses, though we have never been sure that there wasn't a little "Chico wants you should have a mural" about it. Still, his colorful, naive, and often maudlin fades are part of the neighborhood landscape.
Chico reminisces to the Villager a bit about the old days, including his relationship with Keith Haring, whom he feels "basically exploited -- both artistically and sexually -- the young local graffiti writers he collaborated with... 'I wasn't having none of that. I'm a real artist -- I'm not a faker.'"