USA Today / Taco Bells have become a hub for art heists and we have so many questions

Apparently, there’s a black market for Taco Bell paintings that hang inside their restaurants, and we are deeply perplexed.

Over 20 years ago, Mark Smith struck a deal with Taco Bell corporate to have his Basquiat-like paintings printed and hung in multiple locations across the country. Then, in 2015, the reproductions of Smith’s paintings started disappearing. Eventually, the underground market for his art drove the prices as high as 10,000. We have so many questions. How does one decide to steal a Taco Bell painting? Are people randomly chatting about stealing Taco Bell art? How does this come up in conversation? Does no one believe this is wrong?



About Mark T. Smith

Mark T. Smith is a celebrated American painter. He is best known for his colorful, complex paintings and his passion for the application of art into the fabric of everyday life.

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