Aitch apologizes for album promotional painting on Manchester’s Ian Curtis mural

Manchester rapper Aitch has apologized for inadvertently painting a mural of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis with an advert for his new album Close to the house. The advert went live in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on Port Street today ahead of the album’s Friday release date. “It appeared that the iconic Ian Curtis mural on Port Street was painted with my album cover,” Aitch tweeted. “This is the first time I’ve heard of this, me and my team are working on this straight away. I wouldn’t want to disrespect a local hero like Ian in any way. The rapper also said that he didn’t know where the ad would be placed, but that he would rectify the situation immediately.”Thank you,” Curtis’ former teammate Peter Hook replied on Twitter.

The Ian Curtis mural debuted in October 2020 and was painted by graffiti artist Akse P19. It is based on a photo taken of Curtis by Belgian photographer Philippe Carly and was intended to help raise awareness of mental health as part of an initiative by Manchester City Council.

Akse captioned on Instagram:

So my mural of Ian Curtis based on the original photograph by @philippecarly was repainted to promote the release of a new album, personally I have nothing against hand painted publicity as that’s how I earn my life, but this mural was painted in collaboration with @headstockuk and supported by @manchestercitycouncil and @sweetnothingmcr to raise mental health awareness and support @giveusashoutinsta a free text messaging service to help people with mental health issues, she was became a cultural landmark and meant so much to people in Manchester and beyond; it doesn’t take a whole lot of common sense to figure out that this mural should have stuck around for what it stood for and stood for.

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