A new mural which has every indication of being a new work by renowned graffiti artist Banksy has appeared on the side of The Red Victorian (1665 Haight St.).
The mural is in exactly the same spot—the east face of the Red Vic facing the Decades of Fashion roof—as a similar one that was up briefly in 2010.
Then known as “Haight Street Rat” and depicted with a marker and the words “THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE,” the earlier mural was removed with a section of the building before it toured art galleries two years ago and was sold to a private owner.
The rat’s reappearance was so subtle, even staff at The Red Vic weren’t aware of it until a Hoodline reporter brought it to their attention. The staffers we spoke to didn’t know precisely when it had gone up.
If it is indeed an authentic Banksy, the mural joins a handful of others around the city, including “If at first you don’t succeed call in an airstrike,” which faces the intersection of Broadway and Columbus in North Beach.
This article originally appeared on Hoodline.com.