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UPPER PLAYGROUND TEAMS UP WITH LOS ANGELES ICONS MISTER CARTOON & ESTEVAN ORIOL TO OPEN FOUR RETAIL EXPERIENCES IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN L.A.

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May 30th, 2008
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UPPER PLAYGROUND TEAMS UP WITH LOS ANGELES ICONS
Grand Opening Celebration Features an Open House of the New Storefronts

WHO/WHAT: San Francisco-based apparel and art company Upper Playground, photographer and director Estevan Oriol and artist Mister Cartoon are excited to announce the unveiling of a series of four one-of-a-kind retail establishments in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. Each storefront will offer customers a unique fashion and fine art experience. In celebration of the new properties, the three entities will host an open house on Saturday, May 31, 2008 that will feature a special art exhibit and appearances from some of the world’s leading designers involved in the project. Details about the four businesses are included below.

Upper Playground
Upper Playground includes apparel for men and women including their popular line of hoodies, t-shirts, jackets, shoes, luggage, an innovative line of home furnishings and more. An exclusive line of Los Angeles-inspired apparel designs will also be available. The Upper Playground store will have a separate space for an art gallery similar to many of Upper Playground’s other retail locations. Upper Playground L.A. marks the seventh city in the world to feature an Upper Playground retail establishment since its inception in 1999. The company recently opened two other California stores in Sacramento and Berkeley.

“Upper Playground has a large following in the L.A. market and we’re excited to offer our Southern California friends an outlet to experience rare art and fashion from some of the world’s leading designers,” said Matt Revelli, founder and owner of Upper Playground. “As a West Coast brand, Los Angeles is a natural progression for Upper Playground to have a retail presence and it’s nice to be located in a developing area of the city. Upper Playground thrives in unique and emerging neighborhoods like Skid Row, and we’re honored to be working with the talented Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon on such an innovative retail experience.”

Upper Playground is the pioneer of combining fashion and fine art. In celebration of the new store opening, there will be a special art exhibit featuring the works of Usugrow, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, David Choe, Herbert Baglione, San, Retna, Saber, Alex Pardee, Ron English, Doze Green, Slick, Armsrock and David Ellis. Many of the featured artists on display also contribute designs to Upper Playground’s apparel line.

In addition to Upper Playground, the new venture includes “The Last Laugh,” which will house the Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol retail experiences.

Mister Cartoon

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Popular L.A. tattoo and graffiti artist Mister Cartoon’s new store will house signature Mister Cartoon items and artifacts from his passions and hobbies. “I wanted to create a space that was open to the public that is an extension of my lifestyle and culture,” said Mister Cartoon. The Mister Cartoon experience will include a special tattoo station for a select group of tattoo artists to make guest appearances.

Estevan Oriol

In 2006, photography legend Estevan Oriol selected Upper Playground as his official apparel partner. This new retail space will house Oriol’s apparel line with Upper Playground and his iconic photography prints will also be available for sale to the public. “Upper Playground understands what I want to convey with my art and they have given me the freedom to transcend my imagery with my apparel line in the way that I want,” comments Oriol on his experience working with Upper Playground. Oriol is a longtime resident of L.A. “I wanted to open a store in downtown L.A. because it’s where we’ve spent a lot of our time for the past thirteen years,” said Oriol.

Bonus Space
The fourth location involved in the new retail project will be a rotating concept that will house unique fashion and art concepts for short periods of time. During the open house, it will feature a display of custom motorcycles from 1998 AMA 250cc Champion-turned motorcycle designer Roland Sands and limited-edition fashion pieces from designer and model Tony Ward’s line, Six in the Face. From August through September the site will be transformed into a truly unique promotional experience for the upcoming feature film from Overture Films called “Righteous Kill” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. SA Studios Global, the agency of Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon, was selected to produce the iconic poster for the film. The space will become the exclusive promotional headquarters for the film and will feature a shrine to the film’s stars.

WHEN: Grand Opening: Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 1 – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Upper Playground & The Last Laugh
125 E. 6th Street (between S. Main St. and S. Los Angeles St.), Los Angeles, CA 90014

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