I like Kid Cudi. His “Man on the Moon” is one of the best rap albums of the 2000s despite getting no love from critics. He has a downbeat depressed persona that comes through in all of his raps. Instead of bragging about money and selling drugs and abusing women he raps about reality and how he deals with day to day life.
I like that one of the most important and blisteringly creative figures in hiphop is an old crusty white dude who nobody has ever heard of. He has made classic records for Kanye, Travis Scott, Tupac, Scarface, the Geto Boys, Kid Cudi and Frank Ocean. Most people grew up listening to Britney or Michael Jackson. I grew up listening to the Geto Boys.
I love Buddha. He was like the original self help guru. He didn’t call on magical deities for happiness – or preach that you had to torture yourself to attain enlightenment – he understood that life is suffering and the key to happiness is to let go of the material things that lead to suffering. This is a statue of fat happy laughing Buddha with birds pooping on him.
I love 90s rap. I remember great records by Ice Cube, De La Soul, Nas, Busta Rhymes and Tribe. I feel like Hip Hop hasn’t progressed much since its golden era in the 90s. It was smart, well produced and made with great skill. Rap is best when it is inventive, funny, thoughtful and peaceful.
This is an illustration of Chris Chan. He is the king of the internet. He became world famous when he had a run in with 4chan a few years ago. He has his own web comic called Sonichu. Hollywood should put him in movies – his life and creations are better than any fiction. He should be selling his outsider art for lots of money.
This is a special ops soldier from the side. He has a helmet with a camera on it and a headset to communicate with his commander. He also has a SEALS patch and desert camo.
This is the Little Prince. He lives on a tiny asteroid called B612. He is a character from a book by the same name written by a French Aristocrat. The major theme of The Little Prince is the importance of looking beneath the surface to find the real truth and meaning of something. It is the fox who teaches the Prince to see with your heart instead of just your eyes. The B-612 foundation is named after The Little Prince’s home world. It is an organization that works to protect the Earth from asteroid impacts and informs and forwards world-wide decision-making on planetary defense.
This is a silly ski mask mask meme from 2012. It represents the retarded anomie of modern life in combination with the angst of appropriation in popular culture. And did I mention stealing stuff?
This is a hipster named Carter wearing a goofy hat and a jean shirt. He has two different color eyes and a nose ring. His toucan is named Drax and he does ecstasy.
This is a cartoon of a religious martyr. They kill themselves to get 72 virgins and live in a land with rivers of milk, wine, water and honey. Can you imagine the bugs and bacteria? Just give me a place with free wifi. This guy is wearing an explosive belt with a button detonator. He will kill himself because he believes he will be rewarded in the afterlife and because his family will get $25,000 from Islamic charities.
This is a caricature of George Lucas. One thing the fan reaction to The Last Jedi makes apparent is that Star Wars fans are a bunch of spoiled narcissistic neck beard man children. At first I was on board with the Plinkett movement that the prequels took a piss on my childhood. Then I saw the fan reaction to the new movie and decided I am not one of those people anymore. What George Lucas did for movies is amazing. The guy invented a genre with some god tier movies that he had the balls to pay for himself. And in return he became a billionaire in an industry notorious for losing fortunes. The man is a rebel and genius. The beating he has taken from these losers is unforgivable. If I was Disney I would get George to direct the next movie just to thumb their nose at the jerks who call themselves Star Wars fans. If you haven’t seen American Graffiti you should watch it. It is a great 70s movie about the early 60s that George wrote and directed. It is proof that he is fundamentally a great movie maker.
This is an illustration of Karl Pilkington. He is friends with that guy Ricky Gervais. He has a perfectly round head and he is famous for his silly ad-libbed sayings. You can watch his show An Idiot Abroad on YouTube. I love how Karl turned out to look like a balloon. I made him look like he is filled with helium and I imagine he moves really slowly and smoothly like a sloth balloon in the Macys Parade. I am going through a balloon phase.
I see this lady in Walmart parking lot. She sleeps outside next to her buggy. It makes me wonder what happens in a person’s life to force them to live outside. I feel bad for her. This is an illustration of a bag lady with a shopping cart full of detritus.
Post postmodernism is a radical embracing of Nothing. “Poetry makes nothing happen” (Auden for Yeats). This is Michael Stipe paying homage to nothing – the keystone of Post postmodernism. He is among the army of pop culture icons who were programmed by Project Monarch to extol the virtues of nothing. His band REM and their albums New Adventures in Hifi, Automatic for the People, Murmur and Document are some of the best records in rock history. Watch him cover Bowie’s classic “Man Who Sold the World“. That man has an enormous supply of feels in him.
This is a caricature of Michael Stipe as an old man with a giant gray beard and Soulja Boy sunglasses. Postmodern rock star.
As a kid of the 80s I have a massive fascination with and fear of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. I used to have terrible nightmares about atomic wars and radiation leaks. I would hear a jet fly over at night and be afraid that ww3 had started. Every time I would ride past nuclear power plants in the family car I got an uneasy feeling and worried that radiation would escape and turn everybody I knew into zombies.
I like Ed Sheeran. He is a throwback to when singer songwriters with merit dominated the pop charts. I thought his verse on Endgame was better than Future’s. Both of his albums are great and loaded with classic songs. It is pretty sad how music critics at Pitchfork crap on him. Makes me think there must be some sort of across the pond critic war happening where eggheads take shots at the biggest acts from rival countries. Also booo Clemson. If they make it to the big game – the Dawgs are gonna dominate just like they did in the days of Herschel Skywalker. Herschel is such a patrician name.