L.A. Police Department Doesn’t Appreciate Stoner Art, Arrests ‘Hollyweed’ Prankster for Trespassing

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Over a week after L.A.’s iconic “Hollywood” sign was changed to read “Hollyweed,” the artist responsible has surrendered to the LAPD. The L.A. Times reports that Zachary Cole Fernandez was booked with trespassing charges and released shortly after with a $1,000 bail. The detectives reportedly had video surveillance of the prankster with ladders and hanging tarps early New Year’s Day, which he used to alter the letters. The list of suspects was presumably shortened when Fernandez, who sometimes uses the name “Jesus Hands,” spoke openly to Vice about his reasons for changing the sign, which involved promoting “peace and love.” He also did not shy away from appearing in a picture with Tommy Chong on Twitter as “the Hollyweed guy.” The same prank had been pulled off 40 years earlier, also on New Year’s Day, by Daniel Finegood.

‘Hollyweed’ Prankster Arrested by L.A. Police