The famous pop singer Lil Nas X has been featured in a giant three-story-tall mural in the ‘Gayborhood’ area of downtown Philadelphia, solidifying his place as a Pride icon.
Lil Nas X has been honoured with a giant three-story-tall mural in Philadelphia to kick off Pride Month.
The artwork is on full display in the ‘Gayborhood’ area downtown, and features three separate costumes based on aesthetics from his recent music videos for ‘MONTERO’ and ‘SUN GOES DOWN’.
Both singles discuss and celebrate Lil Nas X’s personal journey with understanding his own sexuality and have dominated the charts since release.
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The mural is 36-by-36 feet large, and is located on the wall of the Writer’s Block Rehab bar on Cypress Street. The artist behind the work, Ash Ryan, was commissioned by the bar’s owner Ram Krishnan to produce the piece in time for June.
Speaking to Variety, Krishnan says he wanted to feature a Pride icon that had ‘made a name for himself in Black gay culture’. He describes Lil Nas X as ‘an innovator, an artist who best represents Black culture and queer culture.’