The San Francisco 49ers seem to have it all lately: They have a new a coach, they recently became NFC West division champions and they have a 12-3 record. They can now add a Mission mural to the list, and a music video featuring the painting.
Local graffiti artists Tim Hon and Steve Ha wanted to create a mural for the 49ers and use it as a background in local artist James Bailey’s music video about them.
Abe Bitar, who works at Walgreen’s 2690 Mission Street store as a community liaison, let the pair put the mural on the store’s wall.
“I let them hang the mural on our building because it is something positive for the community,” said Bitar. “If the 49ers win the Super Bowl, this mural will become an important part our city’s history.”
Titled “Who’s Got It Better Than Us,” the mural shows Vernon Davis running the ball, Frank Gore stiff-arming an opponent and Patrick Willis jumping for the ball.
Hon and Ha worked long hours last week to be able to have the mural ready for the unveiling.
“My buddy did the Giants anthem, and when he got hired to do this one he hit me up to make a backdrop for Bailey’s music video,” Ha said, adding that they often stayed up until 4 a.m. to work on the mural.
Bailey wrote the song “Feeling Like a Giant” with local artist Ashkon Davaran after the Giants won the World Series in 2010. It became an instant YouTube hit and aired on Comcast. His new music video, “Who’s Got It Better,” was inspired by the 49ers’ victories this season, Bailey said.
“After the Giants’ song was such a big hit last year, I felt like this was the opportunity to keep the spirit going, since they were winning so much,” said the San Francisco native. “I do this because I want people to know that there are positive things happening in San Francisco, from music to art to everything.”
As cars drove by the new mural last week, drivers honked and yelled “Nobody!” in response to the question on the wall.
The music video premiered on YouTube on Friday; 49er Vernon Davis will sign the mural today at 2 p.m.