Something for the “Nothing This Cool Ever Happens Here” file: On Friday, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, a new Starbucks opened its doors. This, in and of itself, may not be that noteworthy. This one, however, was a little different. It wasn’t just your standard, everyday, run of the mill Starbucks, but a Dumb Starbucks. Here’s a photo that I just grabbed off of the Instagram account of LA-based sword swallower and performance artist Brett Loudermilk. [One suspects he wasn’t the only performance artist in the area this weekend.]
While no one has yet come forward to take credit for the high-profile culture jamming operation, word on the street is that the fingerprints of our friend Banksy may have been detected. (As you’ll recall, it wasn’t too long ago that he took down McDonalds in somewhat similar fashion.)
As for how they’re getting away with it, it’s a little thing called fair use. With more on that, here’s their FAQ:
update: According to the L.A. Times it’s not nearly as interesting as I’d thought. It’s apparently not the work of Banksy, but of a guy named Nathan Fielder, who was looking to promote a television show that he has on Comedy Central called “Nathan For You.”
update: The County Health Department shut them down. (And I think it was the real County Health Department, and not a dumb one.)
update: If I still lived in L.A., I would have gone over as a dumb inspector from the Dumb County Health Department, shut them down for something dumb, and then held a press conference out front.