Let's face it: pulling a heist is not a team sport. Everybody is on their own side, and in the end, there can only be one winner. The same was the case with the Art of the Heist contest which was held in honor of the upcoming feature film Parker. Legendary artists Mark Dean Veca, Dabs Myla, and Six Point Harness all donated elements, which contestants from all over the country used in the concepts they submitted. Ten finalists were then selected, and fans voted online to crown a winner. In the end, it was Austin's most wanted, Jeffrey Farris, who came out on top.
Jeff and his boy, Jordan Nguyen, were given a free trip to Los Angeles where they saw Jeffrey's winning concept painted on a huge mural in the heart of Hollywood. From there, they jetted over to the Playboy Mansion where they met up with Parker co-stars Daniel Bernhardt and Micah Hauptman, as well as the film's incredible stunt team, 87Eleven Action Designs. The crew was treated to an amazing cocktail party where Jeff's piece and those of the other Art of the Heist finalists were on display—gallery style. Even better, the evening was hosted by three of Playboy's finest: Miss May 2012, Nikki Leigh; Miss April 2012, Raquel Pomplun; and Miss September 2012, Alana Campos. The night was capped off with a special screening of Parker, starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, which hits theaters January 25th.
For Jeff, this story has a true Hollywood ending, as he was also introduced to Joshy D, the owner of Rebel8 clothing line. Rebel8 is Jeff's favorite brand, and Joshy has agreed to interview him for a job as a full-time designer with the company. Fingers crossed that J. Farris is finally leaving the heist life and going straight.
For more on Jeff, and to get a peek at his winning billboard design, be sure to watch this.
In Los Angeles? View Jeff's mural on La Brea Avenue between Melrose and Clinton until February 1st.