Following in the steps of Trader Joe's 'Simpler Times' (and perhaps Ed Hardy beer, or Dan Akroyd's Crystal Head Vodka??? [k, not really]) 7 Eleven is introducing their own in-store brand of beer under the "Game Day" moniker, slinging tall-boys at 2 for $4.
Apparently, 7 Eleven is the third largest retailer of beer in the United States. Trying to stake a claim in that market with a discount brand of their own seems like a smart move. On the other hand, 7 Eleven tried this in 2003 with Santiago, which failed to compete with beers like Corona.
Saw this at Papalote (I know, I know, but I like my vegan mole once in a while) today. A classy combination of stuffed animal and burrito. How adorable! Plus, the aluminum foil doubles as a DIY post-birth abortion. Stop that, anti-abortionists!
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Not sure I can bother calling this a mural. But it's commissioned, so is it a tag? I'm at a loss here.
Anyways, seeing this piece go up reminded me of discussion that went down last week about the new Reyes mural on the 23rd St. Walgreens:
#1: "Another Publica Art which intends to show no representation of humans, their condition, their spirit, intends to show no specific content outside of formalism, and intends to speak to nothing relative to the time, place, or circumstance in which it was created. gr8."
#2: "Obviously posted by someone from Precita Eyes. What the fuck do those lame ass Precita Eyes murals "speak to"? They look like they were painted by kindergardeners and deny the proud Irish history of the Mission."
What do we think? Is it time for a little more diversity in our Mission murals? They are sort of getting redundant.
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Okay, I know you all are saying "this bullshit is getting old" but Laughing Squid needs me to do some research so that lazy fuck can just rip off this blog without credit. Again. Even anonymous dumbasses on ezboards.com are better at giving us hat tips than that fool. ANYWAYS.
Also, from the inbox:
there is a new banksy piece up at Haight and Belvedere above Villains Vault, across from Wasteland. Picture of a rat and a line that says "this is where I draw the line." Went up last night.
A simple twitter search corroborates, but no pics as of yet. I'd go take a picture myself, but I hate leaving the Mission and my kitchen smells like a nasty combination of Mexican food and frat house, so I gotta bust out a mop. (Update: Banksy Prints has the scoop on the Haight piece)
Anyways, I'm pretty convinced that these are not Banksy. First off, a "Banksy" went up in Seattle two nights ago, and he can't be in two places at once. Some have suggested that he emails plans to people, which seems feasible, but if he's not the one taking the risk and holding the spraypaint, I don't really see how you can credit it to Banksy. To make a completely ludicrous comparison, we don't say Ben Folds' cover of "Bitches Ain't Shit" is Dr. Dre's work.
I came to SF from Phx, I hate that state. Just last year I was the last member of my immediate family to get residency in the United States, after first applying in 1987. I have lawfully been in this country since 1980. Fuck arizona's bullshit law and fuck anyone who supports it. This shit is real and it has to stop. If you think only republicans can make it happen in a state across your border you are kidding yourself. CA already tried it and failed but if this bullshit keeps on it may hit your pseudo liberal ass in the near future.
The immigration system has been fucked from the gate. I don't give a fuck what your stance is, the fact that people can be detained for simply "looking" unamerican is completely fucked. This isn't just about immigrant rights, these fucking assholes want to take it back to some straight jim crow bullshit.