This is a Dodo. His name is Michael Tennant. He walks around the forest with no fear and no marketable skills. He is unable to function in the world. Nature is harsh and unforgiving and his brain is soft like a puppy’s belly. Michael is the last of his species and he is unable to understand the significance of extinction.
I love the Rolling Stones. They have been making incredibly good and relevant rock music since the 1960s. They also have one of the best logos ever created. It was made by English graphic designer John Pasche though many believe that Andy Warhol designed it. This is a digital painting of the the logo made to look like a poofy realistic airbrush painting. One of my most sad Christmas memories is of being home from college on a cold overcast Christmas day, riding around my hometown listening to Sticky Fingers by myself. I spent most of my time in and since college by myself making art and listening to music. My style is heavily influenced by psychedelic 70s illustration with its fanciful airbrushed creatures and its Pushpin bent, Terry Gilliam style and happy but slightly sinister tone .
This is a rave monster wearing pajamas. He dances with glowsticks in the dark. When he has had too many Benadryl the walls melt and iridescent spiders crawl around on the dance floor. If they bite you — reality explodes in a massive swirling psychedelic morass of strange alien faces and odd hiccuping electronic sounds.
I love Andy Warhol. This is Andy with a rainbow nosebleed. He ranks with Picasso and Duchamp as one of the three most influential artists of the 20th century. He destroyed painting, fine art and the concept of the artist as a singular original creative force. He also glorified the art of the mind. Fine art stands as the highest expression of western culture. And by destroying it he shows his disgust with western military, cultural and economic imperialism. This is a caricature of him with a giant scarred mechanical nose. He was extremely self conscious of his looks and it controlled his life. He wore an ill-fitting white wig and spoke in interviews with a mechanical manner. All of his artistic power came from his his nosebleeds and giant scarred red nose.
This is an illustration of nerd picking his nose with his thumb. He has taped glasses, braces and high waisted pants. His name is Bill. Nerds are among the internet’s best people. They may be goofy irl but they are smart and friendly and well spoken online.
This is Snoo — Reddit’s lovable white alien mascot. I painted him in photoshop with a yoga 2 in 1. I am the digital art equivalent of the guy at the fair who paints t-shirts with an airbrush. I love Reddit — it has all of the beauty and horror of the internet with a semblance of safety. I also love Snoo so I gave him some feet.
Funny blue monster wearing a Santa hat. This is a festive chubby monster named Chet with yellow eyes standing around waiting for Christmas to come and for Santa to show up and bring him some Xbox games.
Jacques Derrida is one of the most well known twentieth century philosophers. He invented a form of analysis called Deconstruction. Although not purely negative, deconstruction is primarily concerned with something like a critique of — aka a caustic assault on — the Western philosophical tradition and the torching of Western culture as a whole. Deconstruction is the empirical verisimilitude of elongated memes that have bent under the weight of world culture. Finding meaning in the wage slavery of profundity is synonymous with yellow cat of happiness and scared purple dog of anxiety. His assaults on Western culture were driven and informed by his experience of anti semitism in French Algeria as a boy.
Funny banana is such a great meme. I found him on 4chan a few years ago — originally I think he was a rendering of a 3-d model. He is a silly banana with a great trolly facial expression. He is embarrassed about removing his peel and feels naked as he holds it out in front of him. He takes anthropomorphism to the next level. This is funny banana as a bananalet and I made him shorter so that he reduces better. I also gave him blue eyes, some jelly bracelets, a few gold teeth and a Chiquita sticker. On a side note — I painted this with my new Bamboo Ink. It is an amazingly good stylus for windows tablets. The stylus that came with my Yoga is too small and it doesn’t feel as though it has as much resolution for fine movement and clicks. See my review here.
I love Bjork’s music. I listened to Homogenic for the first time two nights ago. As part of a science experiment I have been off of lexapro for about 2 weeks so I have feelings again. I like to listen to spotify curled up in a sleeping bag in my car in the dark. It is like a Polyester and metal shell that isolates me from the world and keeps my body heat and emotions next to me as I slide off to sleep. Homogenic is so beautiful and emotionally charged in the dark with canalphones. It is steamy, spirally and love drenched. It is hard to pretend that pop music isn’t as meritorious as any art ever created. It fuses poop culture with high art in a way that is moving and compelling and it isn’t reserved for egg heads living in ivory towers.