Over the weekend the moment I’d been waiting for, Helio finally introduced their sick new double sliding phone, the Ocean, and I rushed down to their store on the 3rd St. Promenade to pick one up. The 3rd St. Promenade was kind of terrifying and had it not been for the monkey that shook my girlfriend’s hand or the fact that I got a totally rad new phone, I don’t think I could’ve handled that place. Regardless, in my googling around for Ocean related stuff, I found this video of Tim Biskup painting an Ocean mural over by 616 N La Brea. It’s kind of fun to watch, if not just for the crazy street people who walk into the screen towards the beginning.
It also kind of brings up an interesting point I was discussing with another artist, UPSO, who recently exhibited some work at a Scion event. The conversation revolved around commissioning artists to work for corporate clients and how it effects their art. I think the Ocean mural here and UPSO’s stuff for Scion were both fun pieces and.. dudes got paid! Apparently some people disagreed pretty hard though. Any thoughts from our wisened readsership?