Greg Brown

Greg Brown is a Palo Alto-based artist who specializes in whimsical murals- I had grown up seeing his work downtown without putting together that there was a reason these aliens and burglars seemed sort of similar.

Brown specializes in a technique called trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) which basically equals super-realistic shading and detail- murals so realistic that according to legend someone called the police department on the burglars Brown painted above a University Avenue storefront.

A few years ago I saw a exhibit he did called “Unlikely saints,” in which he painted some everyday characters as Orthodox saints, complete with gold leaf background halos- a barista, a landscaper. It was pretty cool.

Anti-Drug Commercials

I’ve only seen like three of these broadcast- my favorites are Cleaner Girl and the one where the girl ignores her friend drowning…

But what happened to “I learned it from watching you!!” or “No one says I want to be a drug addict when I grow up.” ? What happened to “You’re a smart kid Timmy.” ? These are the classics, man. Anti-drug commercials from the late 1980s.

Ah well. Maybe they were part of another campaign and therefore not archived? Maybe I need to start my own archive.

Meth. oooh meth!

Web link of note: Anti-Drug Commercials