Taco Time, Patron of the Arts

Fast food restaurants are known for a lot of things. Cheap grub, hilarious drunken moments at the drive thru, questionable quality-control standards, horrific inventiveness, value meals.

One thing they're not generally known for? Being patrons of the arts. Sure, I've seen them sponsor sports teams, commission jingles that hunt my nightmares and even occasionally throw some work to local advertising firms when they're looking for something new, weird or regionally focused. But when's the last time you heard of a chain, fast-food place actually bringing in local, independent artists to do a little work for them?

The only one I can think of (at least off the top of my head) is Taco Time--the ubiquitous fast food taco joint founded in Eugene, Oregon in 1959 and now operating over 300 locations in the U.S., Canada, Kuwait and the Dutch Antilles. Taco Time NW recently brought in three Seattle artists (Augie Pagan, Jeff "Weirdo" Jacobson and Angelina Villalobos) and had them create custom works of art in support of the new Cactus Coolers promotion (and commercial). You can see the results, plus brief interviews with the artists, in a quick video produced by Taco Time NW after the jump.

Pretty cool, right? Allegedly the TV commercial to which these works of art are attached is already showing locally, but I haven't seen it yet. If anyone out there has, give a shout and tell us how the local folks looked in their big debut.

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