KISSed again! Ad defaced blocks from site of W’Burg church vandalism

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A vandal scribbled KISS masks on an ad in a Williamsburg subway station just four blocks from the Havemeyer Street church where police found a statue of the Madonna and child defaced to resemble the 1970s rockers on Wednesday.

The graffiti writer scrawled marks that look like the makeup worn by KISS bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley on two models in an ad for the hair care company Miss Jessie’s Original inside the Lorimer Street station over the weekend.

The new graffiti closely resembles the church scrawlings, but unlike the religious vandalism that left the baby Jesus statue with a star around its left eye, the perp marked up the model’s right eye — which is how Stanley wears his makeup.

Police said on Friday they believe the suspect in the religious vandalism at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is a KISS fan, although it is possible the prankster was just emulating his favorite scene in the classic slacker anthem, “Dazed and Confused.”

A spokeswoman for Gene Simmons declined to comment. An MTA spokesman referred comments to the NYPD, which is currently investigating the subway graffiti.

The hair metal band has deep connections with Williamsburg, where the tribute graffiti has emerged.

Simmons attended Yeshiva in South Williamsburg as a child and Peter Criss, the band’s original drummer, also grew up in the neighborhood.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 5:30 pm, July 9, 2018
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Clyde from Carroll Gardens says:
Whatever other merits the article may have, KISS is NOT a "hair metal band." That description is reserved for fungible crap like Poison, Ratt, Cinderella and the like. I dare you to tell Gene Simmons that you think KISS is a hair metal band. I just want to be there when it happens.
Feb. 7, 2012, 10:31 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Real slow news day, huh?
Feb. 7, 2012, 3:51 pm
Skellatosis from FG says:
Lol what will they decorate next?
Feb. 8, 2012, 6:30 am
CS from Bushwick says:
Who gives a ——?
Feb. 8, 2012, 11:27 am
Skellatosis says:
CS. You do if you're commenting :)
Feb. 9, 2012, 8:37 pm
brooklyngurl66 from Williamsburg says:
anyone that has ties to OLMC gives a ______ and you obviously don't so why bother commenting... consider this "decorating"? smh...
Feb. 10, 2012, 8:54 am
Patrick from Williamsburg says:
Clyde, I hate to burst your bubble, but having grown up in the era, KISS was regarded as nothing more than a gimmick band for little kids...They could never be equal to the REAL bands of the era, Zeppelin, Stones, Sabbath.. Calling KISS a "metal hair band" is actually not an insult.. They were not that highly regarded as the REAL bands of the ea, its only as their little kid fans grew up that they get remembered as a great band..but they were below average for their era.
Feb. 10, 2012, 6:59 pm
jerry from North Dakota says:
KISS is a rockj band not a hair band. just because some draws kiss makeup on something does not entirely make them a KISS fan. i have friends who would draw the make up on thing just because it looked funny. I am a huge KISS fan and i have never defaced any property with KISS. oh and patrick ..... KISS was not below average they were the best. they did things that shocked people and that is what made them great.
Feb. 11, 2012, 1:51 pm

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