French street artist JR's massive extreme close-up photo portrait "Lakota, Dakota Nation" has been watching over the intersection of Bowery and Houston Street for the past four months, but as of this morning Bushwick-based street art duo Faile is wheatpasting one of their cut-ups of vintage advertising-like images over the furrowed black and white brow—and the bright Kenny Scharf smileys beneath.
A Bowery Boogie tipster sent the local blog the above image this morning, showing Faile's Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller pasting the upper-left hand portion of the new mural over the JR mural.
Though the duo puts up posters and stencils in Brooklyn regularly (just about every block in Williamsburg has at least one), this marks their first major mural project in Manhattan since they took over the exterior and interior of nearby 11 Spring Street in 2006. That piece, coincidentally, incorporated some pre-existing JR pieces (see below). It's unclear whether this new mural will keep any of the JR image visible, but we'll have progress shots shortly.