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Marc Ecko and his pranksters.

xopus

TRIBE Member
hah. awesome.
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Associated Press 08:10 AM Apr, 22, 2006

WASHINGTON -- A startling internet video that shows someone spraying graffiti on

President Bush's jet looked so authentic that the Air Force wasn't immediately certain whether the plane had been targeted.

It was all a hoax. No one actually sprayed the slogan "Still Free" on the cowling of Air Force One.

The pranksters responsible for the grainy, two-minute web video -- employed by a New York fashion company -- revealed Friday how they pulled it off: a rented 747 in California painted to look almost exactly like Air Force One.

"I wanted to do something culturally significant, wanted to create a real pop-culture moment," said Marc Ecko of Marc Ecko Enterprises. "It's this completely irreverent, over-the-top thing that could really never happen: this five-dollar can of paint putting a pimple on this Goliath."

The video shows hooded graffiti artists climbing barbed-wire fences and sneaking past guards with dogs to approach the jumbo jet. They spray-paint a slogan associated with free expression.

After the video began circulating on the web on Tuesday, the Air Force checked to see whether the plane had been vandalized.

"We're looking at it, too," said Lt. Col. Bruce Alexander, a spokesman for the Air Mobility Command's 89th Airlift Wing, which operates Air Force One. "It looks very real."

Alexander later confirmed that no such spray-painting had occurred.

Ecko acknowledged Friday that his company had rented a 747 cargo jet at San Bernardino's airport and covertly painted one side to look like Air Force One. Employees signed secrecy agreements and worked inside a giant hangar until the night the video was made. Ecko declined to say how much the stunt cost.

"It's not cheap," he said. "You have to be rich."
 

Thumpr

TRIBE Member
while i cannot believe i'm actually linking to the video on youtube. (as youtube is killing tribe)

i think i can excuse myself in this case.
 

Joe Seven

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stillfree.com

why is youtube killing tribe?

considering this was staged, should they have done more elaborate graffiti on the plane? Maybe just a quick tag added to the realism of the video, but I would liked to have seen dudes rappeling down with bucket-paint to cover the whole plane or something crazier like that. Clever project in any case.
 
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