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The ‘Good Day Blimp’ Project Comes to Fruition

Last month, we brought you news of four creatives — Jon Barco, Andy Dao, Bryan Denman, and Michael Lopez — who launched a campaign to make the “Ice Cube’s A Pimp” Goodyear blimp of Ice Cube‘s classic “It Was A Good Day” a reality on National Good Day Day, January 20th, while raising money for the South Central charity A Place Called Home. The campaign went viral, and Goodyear took notice. While they were reluctant to fly that particular message, Goodyear did indeed commemorate January 20th with a “Good Day Blimp,” and even offered the kids of A Place Called Home a ride-along on the blimp.

Tool’s Jason Zada, who you may remember from the award-winning and creepy “Take This Lollipop,” was there to document the process. Ice Cube was on hand, thrilled to help out A Place Called Home, and the Good Day Blimp crowdfunding crew couldn’t have been happier (well, except maybe if Goodyear had run with the original message). If you’ve been following this story at all, it’s well worth the four minutes to see this charitable campaign come to fruition, and to hear Ice Cube‘s thoughts on the matter. Here’s hoping you all have a good day.

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Let’s Make the ‘Good Day Blimp’ Happen for Ice Cube, Charity

A line from the 1992 classic Ice Cube song “It Was A Good Day” imagines a Goodyear blimp flying with the message “Ice Cube ‘s A Pimp.” Donovan Strain of Murk Avenue did the world a service by putting in the detective work to discover the date of Ice Cube’s “Good Day”: January 20th, 1992. Now, some other stand-up guys want to make Goodyear fly a “Ice Cube’s A Pimp” blimp for real this January 20th, for what some have dubbed “National Good Day Day.”

Obviously, it would take some convincing to get Goodyear in on this, so a handful of creatives (Jon Barco, Andy Dao, Bryan Denman, and Michael Lopez)¬† set up a crowdfunding site, with all proceeds going to A Place Called Home — a charity serving “South Central children and teens 8 to 21 years old with love, safety, enrichment, training, and opportunities through educational programs, counseling, and mentorships.” It’s a great charity, and one that deals specifically with helping the citizens of South Central L.A., making it the perfect match for the project.

The guys involved describe themselves as “just a couple of dudes who are fans of Ice Cube, Goodyear, and A Place Called Home.” If you take issue with the word “pimp” floating around in the L.A. sky, they have an answer for you: “The original definition of the word is pretty watered down via slang / culture / TV etc. If you listen to the song. The intent is clear.”

So hopefully Goodyear takes notice, helps everyone remember that January 20th is a “Good Day” and raises money for A Place Called Home. If you’d like to help make this happen (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to the Good Day Blimp crowdfunding site and make a donation. If you give enough, and Goodyear goes through with the project, you could be the proud owner of a Good Day Blimp poster. Let’s all make January 20th a good day.