Jason Maloney's art is no stranger to the city of Costa Mesa.
His artwork, which he calls "Tim Burton meetsDr. Seuss," greets patrons at Wahoo's Fish Taco on Bristol Street in the form of a mural encompassing an entire facade.
Now his hand will be seen in a reinvigorated piece integral to the city: its seal.
Costa Mesa approached Maloney, Hurley's art director, about a charity project that features a reinterpretation of the visual representation for the "City of the Arts" on a T-shirt. Maloney jumped at the chance.
The seal incorporates Maloney's recognizable linework and character, Tippsy the elephant. He ditched the sailboat and orange tree from the original seal, instead opting for two spray cans, headphones, a surfboard and skateboard — what he calls "pillars" of the Costa Mesa he knows.
"The stuff in there doesn't really make sense anymore. The oranges exist only in the grocery store," he said with a laugh. "Costa Mesa has a certain grit to it that I wanted to bring out."