Under the Water, Over the Roof
Several months back I was asked to design a billboard for Mailchimp, with the only specification that I would include a variation of their mascot Freddie (who is a chimp in fact.) So I decided to create a little underwater scene because I thought it'd be kind of funny to have something so high up in the sky be in fact, underwater. I made Freddie's shape into an abandoned old school sailor's helmet that a mermaid and two fish find.
Recently I learned that the billboard was up on Ponce De Leon Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia on the roof of a pretty good spot to eat conveniently titled, "EATS." Not only that but it was put up next to my good friend Mr. Kyle Brooks's ("Blackcattips") billboard who I have talked about before on this ole' here blog.
My buddy Jason Travis contacted Kyle and I about taking a few pictures up on the roof of EATS. So on a chilly Fall afternoon we went into the restaurant and talked to Bob who said that he had a ladder that has been "here in the building longer than the establishment itself" a rickety old 26 year old ladder. With that, the Mailchimp folks, Kyle and I went up on the rooftop to take a few pictures. The roof smelled like rotisserie chicken.
Kyle and I got to go right up on a bouncy railing so we could be right by the billboards for Jason to take pictures of. That was an adventure and a pretty cold one at that. Kind of amazing to see Ponce from that view.
After a few shots on the railing, I made it down alive (obviously.) Mattiel (who is also with Mailchimp) and Jason flew a little drone around the billboard. We waved at the robot for a bit. Sat on the roof which felt or looked like "hashbrowns" in Kyle's words.
The whole experience of this little photo shoot was a great adventure and I'm just glad the 26 year old ladder did us all justice. Thank you again Mailchimp, Jason, Mattiel, and Kyle!