The internet has spawned it share of virtual space trolls, but some of the actual space sort turned to express their displeasure over a Los Angeles mural painted on the side of a restaurant called Baby Blues BBQ in Venice, a Los Angeles suburb totally lacking canals for streets.
The artist, Jonas Never, as differentiated from fellow artists Fred Occasionally and Elizabeth Often, spent about 12 hours on a larger than life mural intended as a tribute to James, expressed surprise at the reaction of vandals who twice defaced the King’s portrait. (What? Certainly you did not expect us to pass up an opportunity such as that of a surname of Never, did you?)
At any rate, James is going to the Lakers on a four-year, $154 million deal, but if had his way, his bust would be carved into Mount Rushmore alongside those of George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Tom Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt. With just a hammer and a nice, sharp chisel, it would be quite easy to modify Lincoln to look like LeBron.
The vandals seemed to be expressing that the only legitimate King of Los Angeles is Kobe Bryant.
The artist fixed the mural on the first occasion that it was attacked, but the second time he declared, “Never again,” and painted over his work of art.
Never told ESPN (stop us before we pun again), “I thought I had learned a long time ago to never touch religion or politics. I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe [Bryant].”
The artist seemingly has learned a new lesson, better late than never, so he is out the 12 hours’ work and the 75 cans of spray paint he used to create the work of art with the help of graffiti artist Fernando Valdez.
It was a good likeness of James sporting his trademark scowl, but realism in LaLa land is not exactly du jour.