Consumer Alerts: New art


When you hear the word art, you may imagine people gazing at pictures in a gallery. But now, some artists are going beyond the canvas and are displaying their craft in some unconventional places.

Raheem Johnson, known as the artist King Saladeen, has always painted outside the lines.

"I can remember doing art in my house all over the walls," Saladeen said. "Like my kid room looked like this."

He grew up in West Philadelphia and says a canvas wasn't always easy to come by. So King Saladeen started painting t-shirts.

"In an inner city, there's not that many things you can go do to get into art," he said.

Fifteen years later, King Saladeen made a business of making art in unconventional places.

"Totally outside the box is doing peoples cars," Saladeen said. "That's crazy to me."

Kind Saladeen turned a Lamborghini into a moving masterpiece. Clients have paid between five and 20 thousand dollars for his signature Money Bear on Shoes, Luggage and Bags.

Ryan Hegedus asked King Saladeen to brighten up this Louis Vuitton back-pack. It's one of the first times he's ever paid for art.

"I can take it with me wherever I go. Whereas a canvas it's on your wall you can't really show it off," Hegedus said.

And King Saladeen isn't the only one thinking outside the frame.

"People want to express themselves," said pop artist JoJo Anavim.

And for King Saladeen, nothing is off limits. "It's about an emotion we're developing and branding a new culture of creativity. it's big business and definitely not a fad."

It's a business of art that knows no boundaries.

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