Update: Giant Humpty Hump Head Needs a Home… and Can Be Yours!
Update: None other than Shock-G himself reached out to give me some more details on the Giant Humpty-Hump Head. He sent me this message to pass along and some additional info about the head, and would definitely appreciate the public’s help in preserving this piece of hip-hop history…
Whoever grabs it up, please stay in touch, and when we next need it again, I’ll reimburse your transport, storage & cleaning expenses up to the current date, to either buy it back or rent it out if it’s no longer for sale. – SHKG
- dimensions are 12ft high by 16 ft wide at it’s base.
- splits into 3 pieces for smaller storage or transport.
- required an 18-wheel truck to transport and a 4-man fork lift team to move.
- full dressing room inside, w/electric elevator that lifts out thru nose.
- also has metal stairs inside and nose-door opens manually as well, in case of electric failure.
- sunglasses light up and scroll circular light patterns around the rims.
- The lips and chin double as steps to walk down to stage.
- 50k to build; built by FM Productions South San Francisco.
(they also did the giant pig for Pink Floyd. lol)
A giant head of Digital Underground’s Humpty Hump sits in a warehouse in Oakland, CA; its owner has abandoned it, and now it can be yours. Featured in DU’s 1993 music video for “Return of the Crazy One,”
the head’s exact dimensions are unspecified(see shock g’s description above). However, according to “Johnny Pay Phone” – the handle of the individual who announced the giant head’s availability on tumblr – it’s large enough for someone to have utilized it as a crash pad.
I have learned from a former tenant of the building that a man was evicted from his apartment, and then lived surreptitiously in the head for several weeks before being discovered. There’s a small green room in there, you see, for Humpty to wait in before he arises.
The cost to own this boss piece of hip-hop history? Writes JPP: “It could be had for the price of transport”(!). The L.A. Museum of Hip-Hop History has apparently been contacted, but is uninterested in claiming the head. Thus, it’s up for grabs. Daaaaayum, if we didn’t have space issues of our own we’d already be headin’ out West with a U-Haul. Someone in Oakland – DooowutchyaMUST and save Humpty’s giant head NOW!