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Dear Mother of God!

January 11th, 2013 | 3 Comments | Posted in crappy art, WTF

Normally I leave the fashion commenting to the lovely and wonderful Jennifer but in this case I just had to say something.

From the formerly Great Britain, where the men surrendered their spines a long time ago to the nanny government, the new fashion for men seems to be… a dress.  Yep, now they have given up their testicles too

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Yes, my fellow Americans, THIS is from the London Fashion show.  The country that gave us that fat twat Piers Morgan now give us this – men in strapless mini dresses and slut boots.

There’s more at the link, but I wouldn’t click on it.  Really, don’t.

The Agony and the Bullshit of Mike Daisey

March 17th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in crappy art, Jackass, Libtards

Mike Daisey is the worst kind of ‘artist’.  He is a person that will lie, straight faced, and then when caught in it say “Well, I’m an artist and I’m just telling a story”.

A little background for you.  Daisey goes to China and comes back with a harrowing tale of slave like work conditions at Apple factories there.  He goes on “This American Life” and does an op-ed piece for the times telling about children who have been poisoned and crippled by the conditions they are working in.  Problem is, it’s not true.

He never met with any poisoned or crippled workers.  He lied about it all.  Why?  Same reason, I feel, that liberals will always lie about something – they really hope that it is true so if they tell the lie long enough it will become real.

When he was caught in the lie what did he have to say;

“It uses a combination of fact, memoir, and dramatic license to tell its story, and I believe it does so with integrity,” Daisey said in a statement posted on his website.

So, “dramatic license” is it.  In the rest of the reality I live in, if I were to make an accusation about someone that causes them financial harm or damage to their professional reputation I would be accused of slander.  But for this ‘artist’ it is “dramatic license”.  I also like how he uses the word integrity when talking about a lie – we call that chutzpah.

Now, one could try and argue that since this is a one man theater show, he can get away with lying his ass off like Michael Moore to the Occupy Crowd, but here’s the thing, he also did an interview with the AP where he made the same accusations.

Daisey also twisted the truth about his time in China during an interview with The Associated Press late last year. Paul Colford, a spokesman for the news cooperative, said the AP was reviewing its coverage of Daisey to determine what corrections will be necessary.

Daisey is currently performing at The Public Theater in New York, which issued a statement saying it stands by what it called “a powerful work of art.”

“Mike is an artist, not a journalist,” the statement said. “Nevertheless, we wish he had been more precise with us and our audiences about what was and wasn’t his personal experience in the piece.”

Oh, and he also wrote an op-ed piece for the Times too where he made the same accusations. What do they have to say about it?

The Times, which published Daisey’s op-ed piece following Steve Jobs’ death in early October, removed a paragraph from the online version that discussed conditions at Apple’s factory in China. The newspaper posted an editor’s note warning readers that the section had been removed because “questions have been raised about the truth.”

“The rest of the piece is his opinion as a performer and a thinker,” said Eileen Murphy, a Times’ spokeswoman. “If this were a news story it would be a different situation. It’s not. It’s an op-ed.”

So, let’s get it all straight here.

Man does a one man act and lies about a company – it’s artistic license.

Man does an interview and lies during it – well, he’s an artist…

Man does an op-ed piece and lies in it – well he’s a performer and a thinker.

Remember kids, the liberals don’t care if it’s true, just as long as it sounds good.

In this weekend’s “This American Life,” Daisey tells Glass he felt conflicted about presenting things that he knew weren’t true. But he said he felt “trapped” and was afraid people would no longer care about the abuses at the factories if he didn’t present things in a dramatic way.

Oh, so he did it all for the children then? So he made up stories about abuses he never saw to draw attention to abuses he KNEW must exist and did it all because he cared so dang much??  Color me skeptical.

More art stuff

October 20th, 2011 | 2 Comments | Posted in B Hussein, crappy art, Libtards, WTF

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?

Best part:

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.”

No shit.

OH, dear God…

October 17th, 2011 | 2 Comments | Posted in crappy art, Movies, WTF

Just kill me now

X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are hired for Top Gun 2

Apparently they tried to come up with a sequel concept and it didn’t work. So instead they are trying to “reinvent” it for the more modern age. Boring.

There were no details on what the plot might actually be. Tom Cruise could possibly come back for a small role or cameo. I want Val Kilmer.

If they do this, kill me and then fire my body off of the Kittyhawk’s #2 catapult because I don’t want to be alive to see it hit the theaters.

Seriously pissed at Mike W

October 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments | Posted in crappy art, webstuff

Why you ask?  Because he posted this on his blog and I went and read it which means I now have to write this post because whining, pissy  artists tick me off.

Why?  Because I AM AN ARTIST and they make those of us who do work our butts off look bad.

This won’t be a long rant because in about 20 minutes I have to fix a lunch, get cleaned up and walk 1.5 miles to my job.  I walk because it’s not that far, the exercise is good for me (I do a 3.2 mph pace) and I see no reason to use gas unless I have to.

So, let’s begin:

I am so lucky that I have been able to create art and music and fulfill my passions through my job for the past 11 years. But I’m stupid enough to have put all my eggs in one basket. It is now the only thing I can do to make money. I’m 33 years old and I can’t make coffee. I don’t know how to use Excel, or bartend, or wait tables, and I’m officially too old to join the police force. I’ve lost the confidence to go back to school and feel stressed out about impending debt when I think about further education for even one second.

At 33 you can’t make coffee or learn a new skill?  Waiting tables is hard work but not beyond anyone’s capability of learning how to do unless you are severely mentally or physically handicapped, so lets cut to the chase on that one right there – you don’t WANT TO!  This has nothing to do with “Gee, I’m too old” because I doubt you would become a cop in the first place (hell, I doubt you would pass the qualifications to begin with), it has to do with you don’t want to do it but when put that way it makes you sound lazy, so instead you phrase it as “Gee, I don’t know how and I don’t have the confidence to learn” – not our problem.

I have several jobs within the music industry as of now: bands, DJing, remixing and even writing music for other artists. I’m a workaholic and have my hands in a bunch of different places. But, all these jobs have unstable incomes. I don’t get a salary; I don’t know how much money I will make next month, next year or five years from now. I don’t have health insurance. And I live with the stress of not knowing, not planning and not understanding whether or not I will ever be able to reach my goals of having a family and feeling safe financially. When I say “safe,” I mean safe. I mean basics. I mean health insurance that is good enough for me to take care of myself, not just if I need a $10,000-dollar, life-threatening procedure. I mean dental care. I mean saving money in a retirement fund so that I can take care of myself when I’m 80 years old. Clearly, there is a difference between survival and luxury.

Paraphrase – I did what I wanted to do with my life, but because of CHOICES I MADE ON MY OWN I don’t have the benefits that I would have had with going the company route.

So, once again, whose fault is that??  You had a choice and you took it.  Don’t go crying about how you don’t have this or that.  You can go get a job somewhere that has benefits, I did.  I work at a call center right now (with paid days off, medical, dental and vision benefits) because I can’t get a job doing animation, and my side projects of pistol grip making and sculpture are just starting up.  I have benefits, insurance, all that jazz.  Oh, wait.. you don’t want to do that – you already said so in the beginning.

Now to my favorite part

I spent days trolling around Williamsburg, looking at shitty apartments with cockroaches lining the doorways, fighting neighbors, rats in the ceiling, bedbugs infesting the linoleum floors, fifth-floor walk-ups and cat-pee-soaked carpets. The rent was exorbitant, availability was scarce, and I was turned down by two different landlords for being “freelance.” To be honest, I don’t blame them. Not only am I freelance, but I’m lesbian freelance. Double whammy. What was the reason they turned me down? Because it was easier to rent to a rich, trust-fund, straight-guy banker who wants to live in the coolest borough in the world?  Because when he met me he saw a tattooed gender outlaw who makes “queer electronic punk music” and isn’t sure when the next check is going to come in? Yeah, I don’t blame him. He doesn’t give a shit about how kids email me all the time thanking me for keeping them from committing suicide. It’s not part of his capitalist business practice.

Right, the whole reason he didn’t rent it to you is because your gay.  Sure.  It wasn’t at all because he has expenses he has to pay on the building you were looking at and if you can’t pay him, he can’t pay his expenses.   I know this is hard for you to comprehend, but 95% of us that are not gay could give a shit less about what you do in your bedroom and who you do it with.  It really doesn’t even make it onto the bottom of the give-a-shit list.

If someone came up to you wanting you to do some music for them but they told you “Gee, I might not be able to pay you for it” would you invest the time and energy to work for them?  I’m going to guess not, especially if you have another client who you know can pay on time and the full amount due.  Yeah, it’s part if his ‘capitalist business practice’ because he has a lot more to worry about than just you.  He has other tenants that will expect if their pipes rupture, the pipes will be repaired.  Something breaks, it will get fixed.  All of that costs money, and if you aren’t paying what you should then he won’t have the cash to do the things he needs to.  Simple as that, and emails don’t pay the bills.

I get so fucking tired of people like this who bitch and moan about how awesome their lives are while at the same time crying about how they don’t have this or that.  You made your choice, deal with it.  What you want is for everyone to feel sorry for you and to take from those who made something and give it to you and that isn’t what this country is about.  You want to take money from ME to support you!!!  You want all this socialized crap – Move to Europe, or Canada, but leave me – a fellow artist – the fuck alone.

And I’m still pissed at Mike W but I have to go to work now.

 

OH – one last thing:

I will always be a queer woman, a woman who makes 77 cents to the man’s dollar, and a queer who makes 23 percent less than the heterosexual. Does that mean that I make 54 cents to the straight male dollar? Wow.

Thought you said you were freelance.  That means YOU set your own price.  When I or my wife (who is a landscape painter) do a freelance job we tell the client how much it will be.  So, if you think that you aren’t making enough then it’s your own damn fault for not setting your fees high enough.  Quit blaming all your problems on the fact that your female and gay, your real problem seems to be that you can’t take responsibility for your own actions.

The Money Thief

February 16th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in crappy art, Movies

I was honestly looking forward to The Lightning Thief.  I had read the books and thought that they were nicely done with a linear storyline that lent itself very well to being turned into a script.  Apparently I was either VERY badly mistaken, or Craig Titley didn’t bother to actually read the book and only used crib notes while he turned out the screenplay for this Olympian sized disappointment.

Considering the other movies to his credit (Cheaper By The Dozen 1 and 2, Scooby-Do, and a TV “documentary’ that contends the moon landing was faked) I will contend that transforming a book with three strong main characters in Percy, Grover and Annabeth into a strong movie was far beyond his capacity as a writer.

**Spoilers Ahead**

While the books were fun and enjoyable to read, the movie plodded along as if everyone that was part of it was simply going through the motions.  Percy discovering that he is a demi-god is met with the same level of emotion as when his mother is killed by the Minotaur (yes, the same one).  A few brief words of “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it..” and then we are off to the next scene.  The entire movie felt like one forced scene after another and every one was disjointed and smashed together.  There was never a point where you felt like the picture had a pacing or flow to it that allowed the plot to reveal itself.  Instead every plot point is shoved in your face as if the entire audience is far too stupid to figure it out without big clues and signs.

In the books Percy’s parentage is slowly revealed because he is special.  In the books the “Big Three”, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades had agreed not to have any more children with mortals because the last time they did it ended up with WWII being fought.  So Percy’s existence is chancy to say the least.  Just by breathing he has put the gods closer to going to war again.  In the books when Poseidon claims his son it’s a big deal, everyone is in shock.  In the movie it’s revealed by Chiron taking Percy to his cabin and saying “Here your father built this for you.” and the cabin looks like Captain Jack’s version of home with ships wheels and nautical items everywhere.

Every scene is rushed through to such a point that you end up wondering why one character helping the other.  They meet in the morning and by that night they are suddenly leaving together to go on a quest of life and death proportions??? Percy arrives at Camp Half Blood and somehow after only one day there is suddenly a huge bad ass with a sword and shield.  HUH??  Also, at the end of that single day he runs off on his quest to get Zeus’ lightning back.  In the books it is approached as a quest with the heroes consulting the Oracle of Delphi and being sent out but the movie can’t be bothered with this and instead resorts to having Zeus accuse Percy of stealing his lightning bolt for no reason at all except that he is Poseidon’s son.  Which, if it was stolen for the sake of stealing then Zeus would have looked to Hermes if anyone who wrote the script had thought about it for a moment.

The movie also removed Aries and Kronos as major characters, in fact, they aren’t even mentioned while in the book they are a couple of the central characters involved in the theft of Zeus’ lighting in the first place.  The movie version, in the end, makes no sense at all because events in this book lead to the next book so with the resolution that happens at the end of the movie, there is no need for a sequel.  To be totally honest though, it’s probably for the best.  All I can say in defense of this movie is that they didn’t have metachlorian’s in it.

Also, a final note, Camp Half Blood looked like it occupied all of about half an acre of land in the movie.  You would think they could have at least made the camp look somewhat believable instead of looking like it was constructed out of Lincoln Logs.