A new mural in Southeast Portland honors the late Jason “J.” Brown and his advocacy work, which is credited for pushing the City of Portland to loosen its street art laws.
Brown, who died in 2011, was the owner of a Portland streetwear shop in the early 2000s called New American Casuals (NAC). The massive new mural is located at All Service Moving — just blocks from NAC’s original location at 326 SE Morrison St.
The “Remembrance In Paint” memorial mural was created in a classic graffiti style by a team of internationally known aerosol artists organized by Jaymeer in partnership with Portland Street Art Alliance. Ground Score Association, a local program helping people with housing insecurities access paid work opportunities, helped prepare the wall.
Quotes from Brown are featured in the work, along with related imagery from an original mural on NAC that helped spark a debate about freedom of expression in Portland.