Monday, September 14, 2015

As the Biscuit Junkies take over Mango's, street art goes into the gutter

Biscuit Home Goods Store at 1435 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Biscuit Home Goods Store at 1435 Westheimer Rd
BISCUIT ON LOWER WESTHEIMER

For all non-denizens of Montrose: Biscuit, the business, is not about biscuits. It's neither a pastry shop, nor a Starbucks alternative. Much rather, it traffics in linens and other good stuff for the home. But the exterior beats the interior when it comes to Biscuit's claim to fame. Its poly-chromatic west-facing side- the biscuitpaintwall -- has quickly become a must-visit shooting location. Selfies too, though you don't get much of the wall for background unless you move out West toward the cross-street. For some excited hot-spot visitors, the colored wall evokes a rainbow, which is in harmony with the tenor of the neighborhood, to be sure. But the strokes of artistic genious, while cheerful and gay, an arc or a bow do not make. The streaking is vertical, - and pretty straight, actually.

DEARTH OF BUSCUITS IN THE GAYBORHOOD 
TO END WITH ARRIVAL OF BUSKIT JUNKIE 

While Biscuit, the store, is not in the biscuit business, the Biskuit Junkies are. And the second part of their moniker actually suits the new location better than the original one. Montrose is not only home to great food, antiques and less-pricey vintage items, not to mention a concentration of body-piercing and tattoo art boutiques, it also has more than its fair share of those that call the street home for lack of more hospitable accommodations. And that includes the drug-addled. In short - junkies.

So Biskit Junkie, the biscuit business, pays homage to an integral element of its new neighborhood.
Unfortunately, the commitment to authenticity apparently does not extend to respect for the neighborhood's art.

Murals Destroyed in Art Attack

Here is what marked the Biskit Junkies' arrival at the old Mango's club on the corner for Taft: the female with the sharp profile on the North wall framing the backyard patio was hacked to pieces, and the blown-up visage of the rebel femme fatale facing East sustained a tagger attack, -- her ultimate fate uncertain. Perhaps she is slated for being hacked to death too. Whether on orders of the new occupants of the premises, or merely with their tacit condonation.



The junkies' arrival does not bode well for the artistic integrity of the neighborhood.

There goes the wall-art - into the pile 

BELOW: MANGO'S PATIO BEFORE THE ART ATTACK: 

Patio at former Mango's live music hang-out in Montrose
403 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

But then again, if the Museum of Fine Art Houston does not even respect the architecture of a few decades ago (see post on demolition of Glassell School of Arts Building), why should junkies on Lower Westheimer care about club patio art of much more recent vintage?  

403 WESTHEIMER PROPERTY: NO LONGER ON THE MARKET 

East-facing side with enclosed patio at the far end 
DAVIS Leasing Sign (property off market now) 
MANGO'S COVERED WITH GRAFFITIS
AFTER IT CLOSED IN 2014  

Mango's Club in 2014 - 403 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 






 

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