Brown has not filed a police report, but he said he plans to. He said he has never pressed charges before, but this one is a much larger incident than previous incidents.
“I’m not going to let this stand,” Brown said. “Not by a long shot.”
He said he plans to fix the mural as soon as possible and that the process should take about one day.
In addition to painting murals, Brown said he also works, so it’s difficult for him to find time to remove the graffiti.
“You can’t just leave it because it attracts more (vandalism),” he said. “Somebody may hate Trump and they’ll write something over that, and then there’s twice as much work for me.”
To fix the mural, Brown said he first must scrub off some of the spray paint, but it likely left a stain. He said he’ll have to match the paint colors and re-establish the lines of the mural.
The mural is known in Chapel Hill as “Parade of Humanity,” though Brown said he doesn’t title his murals.
“You wait a year, and the thing will have a title the public has given it,” Brown said. “I just let it happen.”
UNC senior Emily Garrity said it was disrespectful for someone to express their political beliefs by defacing the mural.
“The murals around Chapel Hill add to its character and it’s sad that someone felt the need to vandalize one of them,” she said.
Brittany Brewington, assistant manager of Carolina Coffee Shop, said she spoke with Brown on Thursday afternoon. She said people always come in and ask about the mural and what it means.
“I feel like it was a drunken mistake, but I don’t understand, even if you are drunk, why you would mess up someone else’s work,” she said.
Despite the work ahead of him, Brown said he is trying to remain positive about the situation.
“This one is ‘yuge,’ really tremendous,” Brown said. “I’m trying to keep a sense of humor about it; that and fix it.”