Sunday, 31 January 2010
It's about the effectiveness of capitalism.
Does anyone else think that Iggy Pop doing those insurance TV adverts is a little bit like the death song for the ethos of punk rock?
I mean, here was a guy who, in the past, was almost the physical embodiment the vitriolic spirit of punk ethics and credibility. Even telling death to get bent by spitting fire well into his old age, and doing it WELL! And now.... He's on TV in the ad breaks using some of his lyrics to help shift insurance policies.
Can someone please explain to me how this all happened? This is madness on quite an astounding scale! I mean, who wants to see/responds well to/can stomach former punk icons trying to shift units of anything for big business? The reason people liked them in the first place was for their two-fingers up to the establishment, their gritty 'in-the-dirt' realism. But now they are just props on a screen to encourage 'alternative' people to get a great new phone or toothpaste that "stands out from the crowd".
Gimme a break.
So.... the Iggy thing, coupled with Johnny Rotten's recent foray into butter (???) advertising has just really hurt me on quite a deep personal level.
Look, I'm not saying music has no place in advertising. By all means put cool music in adverts... it makes the time in between TV shows more bearable... But selling your actual image to a company is pretty dark, and verging on a cardinal sin. That's all I'm saying. Just ask Bill Hicks.
I mean... yeah for ages you've been able to buy Sex Pistols and Motorhead shirts in TopShop etc... but I don't expect Lemmy to knock on my damn door with an Avon booklet and try to sell me tupperware. You know? It's just wrong.
Apologies, but I felt I need to vent on this issue. No disrespect to Iggy's past work as some of it has been incredible. I just wish he'd continued his work as an artist rather than persuing this particular choice of revenue generation.
Friday, 22 January 2010
This clip is absolutely hilarious.
Chris Morris is most well known for his TV work with Armando Iannucci (Brasseye, The Day Today) but has made many other notable contributions to UK Comedy. This may just be his masterpiece though.
Monday, 18 January 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Fish can remember things for months, according to researchers who have dismissed the myth that the animals have a three-second memory.
The traditional view that fish lack the brain power to retain memories is “absolute rubbish” said Dr Kevin Warburton, an adjunct researcher with Charles Sturt University’s Institute for Land, Water and Society in Australia.
He made his conclusions after studying the behaviour of Australian freshwater fish such as the silver perch, which can remember a predator for several months after only one encounter.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Here is a piece I painted with Acrylic, Ink, and Emulsion on canvas.
It's called "Abduction" and is now owned by Emma Witwicki, and Christopher Robin.
Friday, 8 January 2010
Mr Westergaard scrambled into a panic room at his home in Aarhus after a man wielding an axe and a knife broke in.
Danish officials said the intruder was a 28-year-old Somali, who they did not name, but said was linked to the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia.
The cartoon, printed in 2005, prompted violent protests the following year.
One of 12 cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, it depicted the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban. In 2006 the paper apologised for the cartoons, but other European media reprinted them. Danish embassies were then attacked by Muslims around the world and dozens killed in riots.
Mr Westergaard went in to hiding amid threats to his life, but emerged last year saying he wanted to live as normal a life as possible. His house has been heavily fortified and is under close police protection. Police said the man had entered Mr Westergaard’s house armed with a knife and axe and had shouted in broken English that he wanted to kill him. Mr Westergaard ran to a specially designed panic room where he raised the alarm.
Read more at BBC News
Mental Note: No Racist Cartoons.