28 November 2008

Trangular Duel Poster

I wanted to keep this poster simple because I didn't want to spend the whole damned weekend working on it at the expense of other projects namely all the writing I haven't been doing.
I'm not sure if I like the mirror reflection aspect of it though, it may look a little to much like the Pike Place Brewery beer lable.
I was planning on just doing the single triangle so that we could have the uniquest poster on the block, at least as far as shape.
I'll take feedback until Monday when it has to be printed, after which time you'll be making suggestions into the void.

26 November 2008

Don Sebastian

I felt a little crude, perhaps shallow, for posting the last two gag adverts for boob snacks, but hey I figure I might as well come clean. I've heard people say of artists who produce crude sexual stuff that "They're sick." or "They have issues." Personally I think it's better to get it out there on the paper than to keep it inside out of shame or guilt. If it's malicious or cruel that's one thing, but generally speaking, tongue in cheek is pretty harmless and if you think it's bad or wrong, you may be the one with the problem. If you want to discuss the issue of Robert Crumb that's a topic for another time though I firmly believe he falls safely into the "art as tongue in cheek catharsis" category, particularly if you look at the entire body of his work and you see his progression from nervous skinny kid to famous old family man. Art is a catharsis.

That said, the little amigo at the top is part of a gag advertisement I did last night for chorizo sausage, we'll just leave it at that.

25 November 2008

23 November 2008

I Hope That Wasn't an Accident

I can only hope that the collection of photographs on page A3 of the Sunday November 23rd edition of the Seattle Times/P.I. was meant to elicit the outrage, or at the very least disgust of their readers. Three ostentatious displays of excessive and obscene wealth and one pitiful example of the selfish disregard of capitalist ideology at work.
Three rich CEO's begged for taxpayer money so they wouldn't be forced to lay off all their workers, a move which would certainly be devastating to those workers, but the purpose of which is effectively to prevent them from having to take a cut in their own pay, and suffer the consequences of their past greed.

No doubt about it, losing thousands of jobs would be very very bad for a lot of people, but giving the very people who epitomize the concentration of private wealth at the expense of the working classes taxpayer money to bail them out, (in case you forgot, taxpayers are those very same workers) is tantamount to economic genocide. If social programs like education and employment security hadn't been ruthlessly undermined over the last half century, in large part to protect and increase corporate profits, those people losing their jobs would have more options, and we wouldn't be stuck paying the rich for the privelege of being exploited all over again.

As far as the international space station and the festivities in Dubai go, once again I can only point to the use of taxpayer money to develop military technology (the entire purpose of NASA) which is then handed over to private corporations and then sold to the government (using taxpayer money, see a pattern) to do things like invading unfriendly oil countries and bribing friendly ones to secure oil supplies for the enrichment of private oil companies and plutocratic hereditary oil-baron "governments".

Maybe if we spent some of those billions in taxpayer money on taking care of each other, and making sure that that little Haitian girl had enough to eat, an education, and an opportunity to work for her own betterment and that of others as we do, we wouldn't have so many people around the world - including our own citizens - angry with us.

This is not the view of a lunatic fringe, but of a great many people in the privileged western world who believe that we all can live in peace comfort and happiness if we cared for others as well as ourselves. It is within our capacity as individuals, and collectively as a the "greatest nation" on earth.

18 November 2008

Peanut Butter: Builder and Destroyer of Worlds

Peanut butter may very well be the world destroyer of foods. It is delicious in all of it’s various and many applications from candy to cookies to sandwiches to spoonfuls.
Besides the flavor which is downright great, peanut butter has the two basic elements of other, not so healthy but also delicious foods like potato chips, pizza and the like: fat and salt. At least when it hasn’t had mountains of sugar added to it, peanut butter is relatively healthy, and most important for vegans and the malnourished, even contains protein.

Additionally, peanuts can be used as a profitable rotational crop to keep the soil where they are grown healthy and productive. Widely, but erroneously credited with the invention of peanut butter, George Washington Carver promoted the idea of peanuts as a rotational crop in the southern United States where the primary crop cotton, quickly leached most of the nutrients out of the soil leaving land unproductive. After a boll weevil infestation and blight Carver promoted the use of peanuts and soybeans among others to keep land in production and return nutrients to the soil. Even if he didn’t exactly invent peanut butter, Carver did come up with over 300 uses for the peanut plant, most of which were never recorded and are now forgotten, but his goal was self reliance of the “one-horse-farmer”.

His idea was that peanut plant derived alternatives to necessary household and farm products could be made by the small time independent farmer who was otherwise unable to afford purchasing commercially manufactured products, thereby remaining viably independent. Once again lucky for the vegan, Carver’s peanut derived cheese alternative is, according to the Virginia-Carolina Peanut Board, nutritionally superior to dairy cheese in everything but calcium (which is better obtained and bio-available from spinach and broccoli anyway.)

It looks like Carver’s greatest contribution to American culture was his vehement advocacy of self-sufficiency and sustainability, particularly on behalf of the recently freed slave-turned-sharecropper. Even a cursory view of his achievements and genius as “The Black Leonardo” (Time Magazine, 1943) leaves no doubt that he was an anti-imperialist and possibly, aside from his Christian faith, even an Anarchist.

Although the popularity of peanuts in food has spread the world over, it began as one might imagine, in their native environment where the Aztecs used a paste of the crushed nuts making them the only culture in history to operate on a nutritional foundation of state sanctioned mass cannibalism and peanut butter, though that as we know came to a catastrophic colonial end.

Farther north in the somewhat more benign but equally decadent kingdom of Graceland, The King himself is said to have subsisted on a nutritional foundation of peanut-butter, banana and bacon sandwiches in the same era that long time anti-segregationist and peanut farmer James Earl Carter was serving on the Georgia State Senate. Elvis’s sandwiches I have heard require that the bananas be mashed in with the peanut-butter in the type of bold integrationist move that made future President Carter's detractors boycott his peanut warehouse during his 1970 Gubernatorial campaign.

In his 1966 science-fiction novel Make Room, Make Room! which later became the film Soylent Green, author Harry Harrison depicts a future world coming to a catastrophic end and suffocating under tremendous overpopulation, and in which a peanut butter ration is distributed by the government to prevent malnutrition caused by protein deficiency. In the same year the novel was set, 1999, very real French scientist AndrĂ© Briend actually did invent that very substance which came to be called Plumpy’nut, and which is distributed by international aid organizations in famine stricken parts of the world.
The social commentary of Harrison’s book primarily concerns unchecked development and population growth and the potentially catastrophic outcomes of environmental destruction if the human race does not embrace sustainable development.

That I think, is an idea that George Washington Carver would have gotten behind, and as far as I’m concerned it makes peanut-butter taste all the better.

Dream Diagram 3

The third in the Dream Diagram Series.
See also Cancrum oris

9" x 7"
pen and watercolor on illustration board