“The subject of Mr. Brainwash comes up and John (Branca) shares that as he drives to work everyday there is a liquor store he passes. He must have driven by it literally 1,000s of times and never really noticed anything special about it but this one day he sees a painting of Marilyn Monroe in the window and thinks, “That is really different.”
Each day after he continues to notice that painting… it seems to jump out at him. Then on a subsequent day he passes a billboard on the same route and there is the most interesting painting which he is very drawn to. Finally he stops at the liquor store to inquire who did the painting… he researches the billboard for the same answer and learns the same artist did them both… Mr. Brainwash.
They contact Mr. Brainwash to come in for a meeting asking him to bring samples of his work. He begins to tell Mr. Branca that he is so thrilled because Michael Jackson was one of his first clients. John is totally taken aback… he asks him, “What? What do you mean Michael Jackson was one of your first customers?”
Mr. Brainwash relays the story of Michael approaching him and buying many of his paintings. John shaking his head at what he has heard as he remembers and relays the story needed not to verbally complete the connection for me… as I sat there with ‘Michael chills’ all over my body. Clearly Michael was in charge of connecting Mr. Branca with Mr. Brainwash for the promo Xscape artwork… for me there are no coincidences. Once again Michael has reached out from the heavenly spheres to put his touch, his final nod, guidance on this… his own album.”
On the street ~ Michael’s quote at 1255 La Brea near San Vicente Boulevard by artist Mr Brainwash. Mr Brainwash [Thierry Guetta] who transitioned from a street artist to a commercial artist has held several exhibitions which have included artwork of Michael, including the ‘Icon’ series of pictures made from broken vinyl records.
In the video link Mr Brainwash tells that Michael was his first patron buying several of his paintings, that he has footage of Michael in the studio, visited him at Neverland and would bump into him on Halloween ~ see at 2 mins of video ~
Thanks to Christina Tozer for additional information on Mr. Brainwash 1255 La Brea mural.
Thank you Sarrah for the heads up on this lovely backstory.