Other than being a music artist, Chris Brown is known for also having an affinity for visual art, especially graffiti (after all, he named his third album Graffiti!). But now, his pieces of art are offending his Hollywood Hills neighbors. Brown painted the inside of his home and shared the process on Ustream last summer, but it looks as if he’s run out of room on the inside and began painting the outside of his home, to his neighbors chagrin.
Brown’s paintings of monster-like faces, one neighbor said, is a visual disturbance and scaring children. “There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they're literally frightened. It's like devils on the wall – big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we're used to," Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association, told the Los Angeles Times.
City officials fined Brown for $376 for unpermitted and excessive signage due to the laws which state it’s illegal to paint murals on private properties, and had been ordered to remove the colorful displays within 30 days. But Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos argues the city is limiting his freedom of speech. “They are trying to suspend the First Amendment,” Geragos said.
Negri told the LA Times, "I know a $300 fine is probably pocket change. But hopefully and maybe, he'll just see the light and decide to be a good neighbor We're happy to have him – if he just tones it down."