LOS ANGELES – Mister Cartoon, an art icon in the Los Angeles area, is always looking for ways to give back to the community that only nurtured his artistic bent, but also provides inspiration for the art that has earned him international acclaim.
So when presented with an opportunity to work with the NHL and the Los Angeles Kings to help promote the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium between the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium, Mister Cartoon jumped at the chance.
"This is a great project, a combination of different teams," he said. "Being able to draw the Ducks logo, the Kings logo and the Stadium Series logo and bring it together with a little bit of street graffiti edge of something that was born right here in L.A.."
He also knew he could provide even more exposure for the Para Los Ninos Charter Middle School in the deal.
"It's an incredible school right here in the center of L.A. that really focuses on giving positive energy and the correct education to kids, motivating them to be in sports and art," Mister Cartoon said. "It is one of the greatest schools I have ever seen. They are able to connect everything through art. Every classroom has an art station where the kids can just stop and start painting or whatever.
The school is in downtown Los Angeles, not too far from Mister Cartoon's legendary Skid Row studio. It strives to provide a rigorous, supportive, and interdisciplinary arts and sciences curriculum in a nurturing and safe environment. Families of the students are given access to the comprehensive family support and after-school services. The students are able to attend the facility for up to 11 hours each day, allowing parents to work or attend school, and ensuring children are not left alone in the crucial after-school hours.
Mister Cartoon embraced the challenge of reimagining the logos for the two teams, as well as the Stadium Series logo, using his background as a street artist and tattoo specialist to give the logos a new distinct feel.
His work will be on display Saturday evening as the re-imagined logos decorate the stage atop home plate at Dodger Stadium. That stage will be used for the national anthem, which will be sung by platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks.
He even used the students for which he entered into this unique agreement to help him execute it. Students at the Para Los Ninos school helped paint three wooden cutouts, one with the re-imagined Stadium Series logo, one with a new take on the Kings logo and another with a fresh interpretation of the Ducks logo.
Those pieces featuring the reworked logos will be on display at the Spectator Plaza in the Dodger Stadium parking lot before the game.