Thanks to Facebook’s upcoming IPO, David Choe, a graffiti artist from Los Angeles’ Koreatown, is about to become a millionaire hundreds of times over. Back in 2005, Choe was invited by Sean Parker, the then-president of Facebook, to paint interior murals for the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California. When Facebook’s headquarters were moved north to Menlo Park, Choe was invited again to spruce up the new walls, this time by the social network’s CEO and co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
It seems that Choe is very big on foresight: he opted to receive company shares instead of currency for his work. Those shares are now expected to be worth some $200 million. Choe is among an elite cadre of approximately one thousand individuals slated to become millionaires later this year when they cash in their Facebook stock. The company is expected to go public around May.
A detail of Choe’s mural work for Facebook can be seen in the image above — the network’s famous homepage atlas motif has been re-imagined with a good dose of vibrancy and humor. Although he began experimenting with his art in the streets of Los Angeles, David Choe also honed his talent in Oakland’s California College of Arts and Crafts.