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Tattoo shop owner paints mural honoring George Floyd in Carytown

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 18:42:11-04

RICHMOND, Va. – A tattoo shop in Carytown has painted a mural in honor of George Floyd.

Jesse Smith, owner of "Loose Screw Tattoo," painted the mural outside his shop. He painted it over top of plywood used to board up the door and windows -- in case of looting.

The tribute comes amid turmoil across the city and around the world over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, even after he stopped moving.

"When you start thinking about what you're going to paint on there (boarded up window) my style is typically more of a goofy cartoon style, more light-hearted, but I felt like this called for something more impactful and more serious so I decided to do a tribute to George Floyd," said Smith.

Smith says Floyd’s murder has devastated his friends, family and millions around the world. He created the mural to show his support.

He said the work on art took about three to four hours to paint.

Smith posted a picture of the mural to Instagram and it's already gained more than 3,000 likes.