Guess which one got a double-take.
A little after 9 p.m. on Sept. 15, Spanks says, a Raleigh police officer came into the store and told Spanks that he'd "had some complaints" about the nude painting and asked them to take it out of the front window. "I probably should have stood up a little bit more at that point," Spanks says, "but we didn't know where we stood. So we removed it." Spanks says he didn't think to get the officer's card and doesn't remember his name.
About a week later, Tattoo Devil owners decided to re-hang the painting after their attorney assured them they had broken no city ordinances, and that if they had, the officer should have written up a citation before asking that the artwork be removed.
That same afternoon, Tattoo Devil got another visit from the Raleigh police. This time it was District Commander Capt. Dennis Poteat, with an apology. "He said he likes for his officers to be aggressive and everything, but there's enough for them to worry about without policing artwork in a window. He was really nice and apologized three, four, five times. He said, 'We're not fashion police.' At this point they're trying to figure out who this officer was and it very well might not be someone from his particular district." (A spokesperson for the Raleigh police confirmed the account.)
Spanks asked Poteat to come out front and see the painting in the window. "He didn't bat an eye."
As for Vizcarra, she's glad her work is back up. "As an artist I felt really vindicated that Hunter and Tattoo Devil would go the extra mile to put the work back up and defend my right as an artist to express myself," she says.