Apr 6 2012

#342 “Totally Radical”

From Jack in Phoenix, Arizona

With it’s wildly erratic lettering and comically presented subject, along with the use of the word “rad” and some DayGlo-colored paper, this illustration is an obvious throwback to the 1980′s. And as a child of the 80′s, my appreciation for Jack’s nod to the decade of excess couldn’t be more thoroughly appreciated. It was a complex time of intemperance and innocence that produced some of the most unique pop culture phenomena in existence. And nothing was more interesting and intriguing than its slang. If you weren’t “gnarly” or “tubular” then you might as well have been “grody to the max.” But don’t worry, bro, if you’re not hip to the lingo, just take a chill pill and hit the link below to brush up on some classic 1980′s slang:

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Dec 15 2011

#229 “I am…”

From Monica

In the whole of the English language, the articles are probably the most overlooked words. In fact, some of you may not even know what I mean when I refer to “the articles,” but we all use them all the time. These words are as follows: “a”  ”an”  &  ”the”. Now, at first an article may seem like some sort of “filler” word, just a slight transitional expression that is dropped into a sentence or phrase to help it flow more freely, like a sort of oil for the vocabulary. But articles do much more than this.One major feature of articles is that the inclusion or exclusion of them is often a signal as to whether or not the noun that follows is common or proper. Common nouns are typically prefaced by articles while proper nouns are not.

So what does all of this have to do with this illustration? Well, by simply leaving out an article from the sentence in her illustration, Monica is able to make a larger statement about the significance of the wolf in her own life or at least her outward view of the wolf. To Monica, the wolf is not simply an animal; it is not just another creature that shares this same planet with us. It is a concept, an idea, an entity that exists in both a concrete as well as an abstract sense whose significance is far greater than what the average person might realize. It is both common and proper.

Sometimes actions speak louder than words. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. And then… sometimes simply leaving one simple word by the wayside can make a huge impact on all who hear and see an artist’s work. Thank you, Monica, not only are you a talented artist, but you have a way with words that is just as moving.