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Billboard Hack No Hack! Skullphone Ads Paid For

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A source confirms what we already suspected: Someone paid Clear Channel an undisclosed sum for two-day Los Angeles-wide "ads." As previously noted, images of a neon skull were spotted on billboards all over the city last Thursday night, leading many to believe the street artist had hacked his way into Clear Channel's billboards. Street cred: Totally lost for Mr. Phone? Pretty much. UPDATE: Clarified. It's not entirely clear who paid for the ads, but it wasn't a hack. And headline amended. UPDATE: Tony Alwin, a spokesperson for Clear Channel tell us: "The ads were paid for. The party represented themselves as wanting to advertise ads for an art project." Alwin says the party purchased two days worth of advertising.
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