Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Naked Carpet King Gets Spraypaint Facelift"

From the paper that calls us "The Best of Miami", then turns gossip columnist style and trys to stab us in the back saying that our crew is crumbling...



It seems like the New Times just can't cut MSG out of their diet.

Peep this write up in the Miami New Times about "The Don Bailey Facelift".

"The Naked Carpet King Gets a Spraypaint Facelift"

By Gus Garcia-Roberts

​South Florida's elite graffiti crew MSG might have lost one of its most prolific taggers, as reported here last week, but it looks like the remaining artistes are picking up the slack. And while Riptide, for legal reasons, remains firmly against defacing other people's property, this still wins our heart as the best defacement we've seen in a long time. As touted on his crew's own website, MSGCartel.com, local graffiti legend Crome recently performed a big-schnoz customization of Miami's creepiest landmark: the Don Bailey Carpets advertisement along I-95 displaying the business' pale namesake in a fully nude recline.



We called the carpet king Bailey himself for his take on the vandalism -- but first, for our own edification, some sort of explanation of the advertisement that's put us off our croissant on a many a morning commute.

Fans of obscure beefcake know that his nude pose was once topical: when he first had it painted 38 years ago, Bailey was inspired by Burt Reynolds' April 1972 Cosmopolitan spread in which the Smokey and the Bandit star forever tainted a bearskin rug.



At that time, Bailey says, he had just recently quit a janitorial job to invest $5,000 in savings into his start-up carpet business in a warehouse on the then-desolate block of 8300 Biscayne. "I saw how Reynolds got so much publicity when he was the first man to ever pose nude in a major magazine," recalls the old-school entrepreneur. "I immediately told an artist to paint me a 20 [foot] by 40 [foot] mural of me in the same pose. Business was slow, with maybe two women a day coming in to look at carpet. The day after the mural went up, we started getting fifteen to twenty-five people a day."


​Bailey's business quickly outgrew the warehouse, and he gives all credit for his current wealth to his pink, mostly hairless body. In the late '80s, a Miramar commissioner tried to force the carpet tycoon to have clothes painted on the mural, but now it seem that Miamians have accepted daily doses of Bailey's naked body as a price they pay for living in paradise: he will soon post several identical murals on billboards along I-95.



So what does Bailey think of Crome's, um, tribute? Although he says he has plans to remove the graffiti, the publicity-hound is loving the renewed attention the sign is getting from commuters. "I think the new face looks better than mine," he quips. "It would be nice if the vandals would stop doing [graffiti], but they're kids -- let's hope they're kids. It's important to them. I don't like it, but I understand it."

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2009/10/miamis_strangest_landmark_gets.php

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

haha shits a classic. glad the dude understands at least. he aint a bitch about it.

Anonymous said...

hahahaha "but they're kids -- let's hope they're kids" lmao

Anonymous said...

That Don Bailey guy sounds alright

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Anonymous said...

LOL! crome is almost older then mr bailey himself. "kids"! good one.

Anonymous said...

dam i never knew thanks bailey sorry i aint a kid but i grew up looking at your naked ass.its called cross promotions..lol.crome

El Diablo said...

Call us what you will, MSG ain't goin' nowhere.

Xeno 936 said...

that shit is mad funny

Anonymous said...

What the hell was all that "crumbling" shit about anyway, what the hell ever gave them that idea?..... Maybe the Biggest and Strongest the crew has been in a long time!

Don Bailey Sounds ok with me.....

Anonymous said...

shit , yo krome they gonna hate u when u get there boi!!!

- olek <---

Anonymous said...

THINK REALLY HARD MSG CREW ..U PROBABLY HAVE MORE FAME THAN THE NEW TIMES AND THEIR WEAK REPORTERS.."WHO COULDNT MAKE IT TO THE MIAMI HERALD"

MAYBE THEY R RIDING YOUR COAT TAILS. TO GET SOME KIND OF RECONITION.. SO IF U KEEP POSTING THEM ON YOUR SITE THEY R WINNING..
YOU SHOULD TAKE A STEP BACK LIFT YOUR RIGHT HAND "LEFT IF YOUR ATOMIC" I FLICK THEM A NICE FUCK YOU..

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A FUCK NEW TIMES MURAL....
OH KILLER FACE CROME WELL PLANNED AND EXUCUTED....

Anonymous said...

yeah do fuck newtimes mural...and lets see if they report that..

wait let atomic do a msg ON THE MIAMI NEWTIMES BUILDING....AND DEDICATE IT TO THE WACK REPORTER WHO SAID U DROPPED THE CREW...

SEGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Anonymous said...

How many piece of miss red we have to see that dont have Msg or Koi?
Am7

Dfect said...

we will always be kids goin out on the streets and having fun... graffiti keeps us cats young!

Anonymous said...

yo my boy krome dog we be ride or die i saw u once remember i was across the room just lookin at u but i felt a connection..i search all your dope bombs n graffiti burners on the internet all day boi yuh. i got u on lunch anyday u da bomb..

-olek <--- aka kelo the gangster fat boy..str8 thuggin' WHAT WHAT!! BOOYAKA LICK-A-SHOT

Anonymous said...

^^^^I dont think dick pulling that hard is healthy for you.

Awfull 1

Anonymous said...

SORRY HOMEBOY CROME IS NOT GAY .AND AS FOR LUNCH YOU CAN EAT ALL THE LOVE SAUSAGE U WANT.

Anonymous said...

STILL RUNNINGGGGGGGGGGG!!! thats whass up

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