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Thursday
Feb092012

Facebook's Graffiti Artist: Life Unchanged by $200 Million

Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- David Choe, the 35-year-old muralist who is expected to be worth an estimated $200 million after the Facebook IPO, is bothered by the hype surrounding his newfound money.

"You can't buy your privacy back," Choe told ABC’s Barbara Walters. "Because I was already doing OK, and to have this abstract amount of money now, I cannot buy my privacy back. I was like: What the hell's happening? Every news-- Al Jazeera, every news organization in the world is beating down the door, trying to get a, you know, interview. And I'm like, 'Oh, my God.'"

Although he considers himself homeless, living in casinos and hotels, Choe is a well-known artist whose works are featured in private collections and museums.

[ Watch Barbara Walters' interview with Choe on ABC's Nightline Thursday at 11:35 p.m./10:35 CT. ]

"It's gonna sound horrible for me to say money is meaningless," he said. "But everyone's like: What are you gonna do now, now that you have all this money and freedom? I did everything I wanted to when I had nothing. Everyone's like: Well, what are you gonna do now? I'm like, I'm still gonna do whatever I want except more people are just gonna bother me now."

Facebook, a start-up social networking site started by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard dorm room, has grown to be one of the world's highest valued Internet companies. In 2005, Sean Parker, president of Facebook at the time, approached Choe with a proposition. He asked Choe to paint his famous murals on the office walls for $60,000, or company stock.

Choe chose the stock -- an interesting choice, since Choe once called Facebook "ridiculous." That "ridiculous" idea sprouted a social media powerhouse, which announced this month its IPO -- or initial public offerings of stock. Analysts say Facebook is expected to net the company as much as $10 billion when the stock can be sold this spring, meaning Choe made an estimated $200 million, at least on paper.

As for his murals? They're still in Facebook offices today -- though some were cut from the walls and moved to the social network's offices around the world, Choe told Walters.

For more information on David Choe's work and movie, go to http://dirtyhandsmovie.com/


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Thursday
Sep292011

A Denver Mailbox Love Story: Art or Graffiti?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- For cynics, it’s graffiti. But for the hopeless romantics, it’s art. Mailbox love, ya'll!

“There is a love affair in our neighborhood,” wrote Jasmine Cann on BeatofTravel.com, the blog she and her husband, Derek Cann, created.

“It is not your typical romance, but it is simple yet messy, the way most romances tend to be. The star-crossed lovers are … well, they are a pair of U.S. postal mailboxes.”

The love affair takes place in Denver, Colo., and began in December 2010 with the first messages -- the eyelash-clad blue mailbox gazing at the larger green mailbox with a smile and the message, “[heart] u” painted in white. The green mailbox smiled back with the message, “[heart] u too.”

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The mailboxes are even leaning toward each other, as if enjoying a quiet moment of affection. That is probably cute enough to melt the heart of the coldest bureaucrat, no?

One day, when Jasmine walked by the beloved mailboxes situated just a few blocks from her home, she immediately noticed that something was terribly wrong.

“Someone had painted over my cheery metal twosome and I was upset,” she wrote. “Why would anybody want to paint over something as inoffensive as a humorous display of love?”

The Canns discovered that city officials were untouched by the postal love affair, and painted over the "graffiti." But a week later, the postal receptacles were smiling again, this time with the messages “Missed u” and “Missed u too” painted on.

The battle has continued over the past few months, back and forth, with neither side deterred. The city paints over the mailboxes and, every time, the messages come back. Others have included “I’m here” and “I’m here too!” as well as “They can never” and “Tear us apart” painted on with hearts.

“For us, it’s graffiti, and if we see it, we’re going to call the maintenance guys to come paint over it,” said Chris Stroup, station manager for the Capitol Hill U.S. Postal Service office, according to the Denver Post.

The Canns hope the anonymous artist will persist and keep the romance alive.

“I am enthralled by love, art, and humor,” Jasmine Cann wrote. “Bring it on Mailbox Love Bandit the public needs as much humanity and funny as possible.”

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Saturday
Jan222011

Death Threats Target California Governor Jerry Brown

Photo Courtesy - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Authorities are investigating graffiti threats against California Gov. Jerry Brown, Catholics, and minorities.

Complaints of disturbing graffiti started last week, when a death threat appeared near two Catholic churches in the cities of Anaheim and Irvine, Calif. Orange County officials have since been inundated with reports of similar graffiti targeting African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics. The most recent crossed a political line, promising to kill the governor on Valentine's Day.

Investigators found a swastika on one defaced wall, beside the ominous warning: "26 MORE DAYS 4 BROWN." A second threat read, "We gonna kill GOV. BROWN 2/14/11." The walls have since been cleaned.

The scribblings are linked by certain idiosyncrasies in penmanship and spelling, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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