"I thought to myself, 'Oh, my God, is this really going to be my big break? Being in the video about Percocet and strippers?'" says painter Annie Lou Maybituin, cracking herself up in the process. "But really, I was so happy."
It's easy to see the irony in what the South Park painter (who goes by Annie Lou) is saying. She's a health nut who drives to Carlsbad to pick up alkaline drinking water and eats four ashitaba leaves a day. So she found it very surprising that her painting, aptly titled "Take Your Vitamins," was used prominently in the background of the music video for "The Percocet & Stripper Joint" by Atlanta rapper Future. She says an old friend of hers who moved to Atlanta to work in the music business was responsible.
"He always loved the painting and I insisted he take it as a going away present," Annie Lou says. "He told me, 'Hey, I'm going to work in the industry and I'll get your art in somewhere." One day, he hit me up out of the blue and told me that Future said it was a perfect painting for his video and next thing I knew, my friend sent me release forms."
Even though Annie Lou prefers "old-lady music" like jazz and bossa nova to trap-style hip-hop, she agreed and the video now has over a million views. And while she's proud of "Take Your Vitamins," she's more into painting portraits on her front lawn.
"I paint an amazing amount of babies and puppies," says Annie Lou, laughing. "My mom was like, 'What the hell? Why don't they pick the dog ones?" The average person likes puppy paintings, but not for a music video."
She does want to ride a bit of the momentum of her painting appearing in a platinum-selling rapper's video, but whatever she does next, she says she doesn't want that to become what she's known for.
"I've always wanted to branch out, but I get stuck in the portraiture. I still really like it, but I'm a bit scared. I just need to do it."