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Storefront Art: In Memoriam, Apeboy

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We'd meant to give you a weekly offering of storefront art, but it's been a tough couple of weeks for us. First, we noticed that the bakery on Glendale Blvd. -- who had already painted over their wonderful rendition of the Cream of Wheat man with a plain white wall, only to replace it with a more freeform, swarthy, eerie version even better than the original -- had once again painted over their wonderful rendering of a hardworking, otherworldy order to provide us with the information that their bakery carried such uncommon bakery goods as bread and cakes and pan dulce. Interesting take, folks: you're really breaking barriers on the bakery menu, and it's good you're advertising that.

That alone was crushing. Then, we drove down Logan Street on our favorite route to Sunset from Glendale Blvd., and noticed that the apeboy was gone.

The, um, apeboy? Let us explain as best we can. For some inexplicable reason, the beauty shop on the corner of Logan and Sunset (or was it Lemoyne and Sunset? The painting really clouded our thinking) had a painting of a happy, chubby, perhaps Asian toddler with teeny weeny hands, clutching either a real blue gorilla or a toy blue gorilla. We angle toward the former because the gorilla was clutching back. Anyway, it was beautiful, and very mystifying as to why it had been painted there, as we just can't figure out what blue simians have to do with eyebrow threading and permanent lipliner.

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And now? It's gone. There's a Dickies outlet where the beauty parlor used to be (as if there weren't enough Dickies outlets on the block already). And they painted over the apeboy.

Thankfully, the boy and his ape were memorialized before they were Frazeed over. Please take a look at MAKSTER's full photo to get a nice flavor of the neighborhood in which Apeboy was situated. And if anybody has a picture of any version of the Cream of Wheat man from the Glendale Blvd. bakery, please post it to the LAist Flickr photostream, for the love of Pete.

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