Charlie Sheen Mania Reaches Upper Playground

We don't usually cover celebrity news here on Haighteration, but as a certain actor's most recent meltdown has now been immortalized by no less than Alex Pardee, we couldn't keep silent any longer!

In case you've somehow managed to escape Charlie Sheen coverage over the past few days, first of all, kudos — what's your secret? But to recap, our understanding of the situation is that Mr. Sheen apparently has some drug problems, which recently caused him to behave erratically, which caused him to get fired from his TV show, which caused him to do a lot of interviews in which he said a lot of crazy stuff, which caused a million-plus people in a single day to follow him on Twitter. And now, this. Artist Alex Pardee, who you may remember from his Zerofriends pop-up shop on Fillmore last September, has cranked out this fantastically gruesome homage to Sheen and one of his more colorful quotes from the past week. The quote in question, from the Today Show:

"I was bangin' seven-gram rocks and finishing them because that's how I roll, because I have one speed, one gear. [I survived] because I'm me. I'm different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man."
Pardee's creation also notes Sheen's assessment of himself as "winning," which doesn't quite match our definition of the word, but, whatever. So why did Pardee decide to dip his toe in the Sheen frenzy? As he puts it, he wanted to "[stir] up a bloody (and 100% accurate) little homage to the only thing that has been able to unite us and distract us from Libya, Wisconsin & Egypt." Kinda true, right? Prints of the artwork are available on Pardee's website for $10 or $25, depending on the size. Upper Playground, meanwhile, is selling a t-shirt featuring the design through its online store. Shirts are available via pre-sale for $24, and will ship next Friday. Not quite sure if the shirts are available at their Fillmore shop as well. The Sheen hysteria may just be a temporary media obsession, but limited-edition art lasts a lifetime. So, go ahead and indulge your inner tiger while supplies last.

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Charlie sheen mania reaches upper playground