Many people who see this street art — and thousands do every day as they drive down the 101 off-ramp to Ninth and Bryant streets — assume it's a dig at the corporate greed of the Walt Disney Company. Not so, says the artist named Goser, who uses images of Mickey Mouse to say that everyone is capable of showing a different (mean) side beneath their happy exterior. In Mickey 2 Face, part of Mickey's outward face has melted off, similar to the fictional Batman adversary called Two-Face. Below Goser's creation is a second skeletal face with sharp teeth.
“Much like the character Two-Face, he was a good guy at one time, then had an accident where his face got melted off — and had a different personality,” says Goser. “It doesn't have really anything to do with Disney. I was just thinking what character I could use to show that there are other things going on than what people throw in your face. There's the happy, glossy exterior of everything.”
Goser has also painted a Mission District Winnie the Pooh with a melting face that also spotlights the duality of people's nature. Mickey 2 Face occupies the back wall of a building that is also visible at street level, though that street is festooned with homeless tents. Up close, though, you see that Goser's art also has a long stretch of stylized lettering — which includes Goser's signature. “The artwork,” says Gloser, who's in his mid-30s, “complements the graffiti that I do.”
Goser put up Mickey 2 Face in late 2012, and the work has achieved a level of popularity that is rare in street art. “I noticed that people are making knock-off T-shirts,” says Goser, who lives in Oakland. “It's kind of flattering that people like it enough that they want to put it out there.”