by Nick Smith
Carl Janes is on the road to Panama City Beach, Fla. In his van are two ladders and a giant Optimus Prime. He’s being tailed down Route 1 by two assistants, who will help him paint a giant mural on the exterior of a Mellow Mushroom. Sheepman (Douglas Panzone) and Scott Parsons are waiting there to help. The mural will be inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead. “I got a bunch of markers and sat in bed in a Bee Line motel,” says Janes. “I was there for five hours, coming up with the color scheme.” The past year has been a good one for local artist Janes, who has what was described by one of his hirers as “the best job ever.” He will continue to travel around the country checking out different Mellow Mushroom sites, looking for extraordinary artists to add a dash of genius to the increasingly popular pizza parlors.
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