Help RVA’s Adult Super Store Taboo Cover Itself With a Mural from the Richmond Mural Project
With the help of Art Whino, the Richmond Mural Project sponsors artists to come to Richmond to create murals transforming bleak areas of the city into something more vibrant. So far, these murals have been featured on the side business, restaurants and even private residences; but now the adult store Taboo wants to get in on the action.
An adult lingerie and gift store may not be the first place that comes to mind when talking about revitalizing the city, but Taboo’s owner Allison Barber is interested in helping improving the area. Last year the store even opened a new shop after demolishing and renovating an old rundown adult book store in South Side.
This marks Taboo as Richmond’s largest adult store.
Although Taboo’s new store looks great from the inside, the exterior could use a little help. There was obviously a lot of effort that went into renovation, but as much as people like bare flesh, no one likes a bare wall. And because Taboo sells adult products there are very few windows. Barber said “It’s basically a two story white box .. It’s begging for decoration.” And after seeing the pictures I’d have to agree with her.
Naturally, Barber wants to attract customers to her store but she also seemed interested in her store bringing a little color to the environment. Barber says “there’s a lot of traffic there and what they see in that area isn’t that pretty.” The goal is that Taboo can offer something attractive to look at and help revitalize that area.
The mission is for Taboo to have their very own mural and It seems like a mutually beneficial idea. A mural could boost business for Taboo but also provide something for the public. So whats the hold up? Why can’t Taboo just go ahead and get a mural? The problem is that Taboo lies outside of Richmonds arts district.
Barber wonders why the districts are set up the way they are. “We’re definitely in stretch that could use revitalization … which is one of their goals, to bring murals to places that aren’t all that pretty”
Last year Taboo contacted Art Whino and made an attempt to be a part of the Richmond Mural Project but they were not accepted because the location. However, this year Art Whino has agreed to include Taboo in the Richmond Mural Project provided they come up with their own funding.
“I inquired again and was told again that we don’t qualify for the funding… but If we could come up with the donations on our own to fund an artist they would hook us up with one.”
With that being said Barber recently made a Kickstarter page for funding a mural at Taboo and she needs to raise about $2,000 in less than a month. It definitely seems like a challenge but Barber sounds optimistic and she’s even requested some artist that shes like work on her shop. “I really think we’re a perfect candidate, I think people would really appreciate seeing a mural in Midlothian.”
Hopefully Barber will be able to raise enough money for the mural by the time Art Whino decides what buildings will get murals. Check out the kickstarter for the project here.
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