Remember that Christian radio broadcaster who predicted May 21 would be the end of the world?
That day came and went, just like any ordinary Saturday in the spring. But it was followed by another prediction: The world will end on Oct. 21 — today.
Maybe for the next time I should purchase a Holocaust Cloak
When the wife and I hit Austin we acquired a Ruger SP101 for her with a deal that was too good to pass up, namely – we bartered for it (cue the exploding heads at the Brady Bunch).
Anyway, she is now thinking of getting one a bit different and with a smaller frame that fits her hand better. To her, the Ruger is just a bit too large and slightly heavier than she likes so while we were over at Charlie’s the other day she started looking at the pistol case while I headed to the gunsmith to find out why my Browning’s slide had jammed up on me. I had been cleaning it and when I put it all back together and attempted to rack the slide it went half way back and stopped which resulted in me using words that are not acceptable around small children, but lucky for me it was his nap time and he was upstairs. (Turns out that there was no reason, they got it working again and charged me nothing for the service).
Once the guys in the gunsmith shop had worked their magic, which took them less than five minutes, I met up with her and our son Insight near the revolvers and had a very nice talk with the man behind the counter who showed us a number of very sweet pistols. He talked to the wife about calibers, safety features, and how to see if a gun fit the hand and took his time to talk to her instead of the common mistake I have seen (mostly with buying cars) where they talk to the guy like you are making the decisions for her. As he showed her a S&W Model 60 he mentioned on of the nice things about it is that if you crack it upside someone’s head they WILL feel it, which I thought was a good side note on that particular weapon.
In the end, she has narrowed it down to two weapons, though I might point out a third one to her.
The two she like are the S&W Model 60
I like the 60, it’s a good solid pistol without too many frills and has a very comfortable grip to it. Since it’s a .38 and she is a new shooter the recoil would be manageable while still giving her some stopping power.
Plus, the J frame would give me a tax write off since I would be using it to fit for grips.
The other one is the S&W Bodyguard .380
The nice thing about this one is the size. I have never shot a .380 but since Breda uses one I will not make the common mistake of saying something stupid like “That’s too small of a round to stop a mouse!” Mainly because Breda would shove a boot up my ass, but also because any bullet can kill you if you know how to shoot.
The one I would add to the list is the Sig P290
This one is pretty much just like the .380 when it comes to appearance, but the 290 shoots 9mm which fits me just fine, one less type of ammo to buy.
In the end though, it’s her choice so I’m just going to shut up and hand the guy the money.
It’s seems this week is going to keep revolving around art stuff that pisses me off. This time, it’s Obambi campaign and it’s attempt to get artists to work for free.
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is asking artists to design promotional posters that convey a message: “support American jobs.” The brutal irony for artists, however, is that they will receive no payment for their work.
The campaign, which has $61 million on hand, will reward only the three artists whose work is selected for use. The compensation? A copy of their artwork, signed by the president.
Oh, goody-fucking-gumdrops!!! He’ll sign the fucking thing and THAT is what he considers payment??? Yeah, that and $3.50 will get me a cup of shitty coffee and a doughnut.
“To add insult to injury,” the guild’s letter said, “the contest rules state that all artists who submit work to the contest grant the Obama For America campaign an unrestricted unpaid irrevocable license to use ALL of the submissions, not just the winning entry.” Each contestant can enter five designs.
Furthermore, the guild pointed out that “there’s no promise to even give the artist credit when her/his work is used.”
Isn’t that just so special. You can lose the contest and they will STILL be able to use your work, only this time no signed copy for you! LOSER!!!
It’s a damn shame that so many in the art community supported this piece of shit when he ran for office. I remember fellow students parroting of the BS lines of his campaign and how he was going to “Heal the world” unlike that eeeeeevil Bushilter!! Well guys, here’s your payback, now the SCFOAMF doesn’t even want to pay you for your work From each according to his ability and all that.
But wait! There’s MORE!!
“It gets worse,” the letter continued. “Entering the contest means that you agree to the contest rules, and indemnifying the committee is part of the rules, so you agree to defend the campaign committee and yourself against an infringement claim at your expense.”
That’s right kids! You agree to pay to defend his campaign and foot the bill for them! Isn’t that nice of him? Makes you feel like a valuable member of the Obama Team, doesn’t it???
As I have said many times before, we artists are PROFESSIONALS! We work very hard on our skills and for anyone – and especially this fucking hack of a human being – to think that we should just bend over and take it up the backside is horse shit!
I can’t count the number of times someone has said to me “Gee, can you do a drawing of…” and we aren’t talking about a quick sketch or something, I mean a full range drawing on good Bristol board that would take anywhere from 10-15 hours work and then would expect that I should just do it because they asked. And this isn’t family members or close friends either, they know better, I’m talking the girl that sits two cubes away from me at work that I never speak to but she decided that a drawing of their ugly kid would be the perfect Christmas present for Dad.
This though is ten times worse. I can (for the most part) forgive ignorant people, but this is a very carefully constructed setup that if you step into it for any reason, gives away your work with no guarantee of any recognition at all while the campaign stands to make quite a bit of money off it.
You get screwed without the benefit of a reach around and Obambi and his crew get the spoils. Yeah, spreading the wealth around is good for everyone, right? Right?
Tim Dickinson of Rolling Stone wroteWednesday that “the folks at [the] Obama campaign have taken a page from the Arianna Huffington book of economic exploitation.” Dickinson suggested that the campaign consider an additional slogan: “Fuck You. Pay Me.”
With all the jackassery going on at Wall Street, I keep hearing one phrase pop up over and over again – “starving artists”.
I hate that term.
It’s as if everyone who isn’t an artist thinks all of us that are just sit around on our ass and wait for someone to notice how wonderful our shit is. The reason for this rant is a post I read over on The Warrior Class that made me shake my head. Now, before you think I am attacking Six or the DO – I AM NOT – I am addressing a misconception about artists in general and since it was the DO’s post that made me shake my head in disbelief, that it who I am using as my example of the misconceptions.
OK, here’s the part of her post that I want to address, the rest of her post is spot on so no need for me to say anything else about it.
I have an associates degree in (gasp!) fine arts, yet I also held a job and paid for college without going into hock. And I got a real job that had nothing to do with art. I’m also not attempting to get a higher degree in art. Know why? THERE’S NO MONEY IN IT. Didn’t want to be a starving artist. I saw art for what it was: a fun degree to get while getting my GE credits, and I left behind when it was time for real work. That these people are trying to say that they represent me because they were too stupid to be realistic is their own fault, and I’ll be damned if anyone else should take the fall for them.
I DO have a higher degree in art and I did work my way through college as well. I did have to take out student loans because there was no way to hold a full time job while taking 15 credit hours with classes that required at least 10 hours on each homework project, if not more. I’m not bitching about that, it’s just a fact. My wife did the same thing but her loans are less than mine because she also got a scholarship and a grant.
Now, to the point of my rant “And I got a real job that had nothing to do with art. I’m also not attempting to get a higher degree in art. Know why? THERE’S NO MONEY IN IT.”
Negative, there IS money in art, LOTS of money. But as in anything, you have to be GOOD at it to get anywhere. The starving artist meme is a load of bullshit that was started by Jackson Pollack so people would feel sorry for his drunk ass and every crappy artist since then who hasn’t sold one of their “I shit on a canvas” paintings has been using it as a crutch since then.
The last sale my wife and I did we cleared about $2600. That was a one day art sale that was only on for six hours. Her stuff brought in the most – oil paintings – but about $400 of it was mine from my ceramics work. Now, it’s easy to say “Great, but what are you going to do next month for money?” and that is true, like any freelance work you have to scramble to keep the cash coming in. In our case, since we have now settled down, we have been scoping out galleries, she has been adding to her portfolio so she has about 25 paintings, and looking at what art sales will be coming up in the next year.
I recently went to Santa Fe to check out some galleries, and the word from them was that yes, sales were slower but the good stuff was still selling, and by ‘good stuff’ I mean paintings that had price tags from $9,000 – $50,000. But again, you have to be good to get to that level, but it’s like that in almost any job, if you want to move up you better know your shit.
The point is that art is work, and very hard work indeed. Those little fuckwads that want to sit around and listen to “The revolution will not be televised” or want to do shit like this are not artists at all. They are overly indulged children who would not have survived through the first semester of my art school. We lost more than half of my class by the time we graduated because it was too much for them. They couldn’t handle the amount of work it required, the criticism, or the constant pushing from instructors to reach higher and work more.
To put in in a personal perspective, what do you consider art? Is it just something that hangs on the wall to be looked at? OK, then take a look at this site and tell me that there isn’t something there you wouldn’t want hanging on your wall. That is my wife’s work and it is selling. She one time was working on a plein air painting when a person walking by offered her $400 for it – and it wasn’t finished yet. So that’s the traditional stuff, gallery art, things to make your house look like more than four walls and a roof. What about practical art?
That P226, that was designed by an artist. The holster – that’s art too, and I think the amount of work that Micheal puts into his holsters would also count as a real job. Also, what is a “real job”? What does that mean? That you work for someone other than yourself and they give you a paycheck? Or that you put in a certain number of hours doing something that someone then will pay you for? If so, then Micheal and my wife both have ‘real jobs’.
See, art is a lot more than some douche-nozzle hippie crying on a street corner about how his work isn’t understood. It’s also a lot of hard working individuals who keep their nose to the grindstone and work their asses off making a living at art.
What art do I do? I’m trained as an animator but I also do sculpture, ceramics and drawing My industry (like everyone) took a big hit and laid off a lot of people. So right now I work in a call center while I am getting my own business model set up to make custom pistol grips. I am also working on a portfolio of drawings to take into a gallery, I mostly do landscape drawings of old buildings and the like because they appeal to me that way.
Yes, there are the crybaby artists out there wanting everyone to feel sorry for them, they are the real 1%. The rest of us work our asses off.