Artist agrees to replace controversial Allston mural

The mural that drew complaints. —BOS:311/City of Boston app

A graffiti artist whose mural in Allston led to several complaints to city officials this week said he is redoing the artwork to appease the community.

“MerkThose,’’ as the artist is known, told the Globe in a telephone interview that people took what he painted “out of context,’’ but said he would remove the image and replace it with something else entirely. He declined to give his real name.

On Monday, MerkThose and a second artist painted a large mural of a black woman — one leg in the air — stroking a cat that was sitting on her lap, its tongue hanging slightly out of its mouth.