People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
My brother took a class where he had to draw nude models.
I thought it was a great opportunity to learn more about art and use different mediums to capture the human body. I remember sharing this with one of my friends, thinking she might find it interesting too. I told her my brother’s art class had todraw nude models. She said something like,
"Eww thats so gross and awkward, why can’t they just wear clothes??"
It kinda bugged me when she said that. Last I checked, if it wasn’t for original sin we’d all be nude. Sure the subject can be awkward if you’re immature about it but the human body is such a beautiful miracle.
The human body, the home for our souls on earth. What’s more of a miracle than that alone? Curves, creases and all. The smooth, soft, simple, exterior, to the complex and fragile interior.
And to be able to observe and draw the human body, the beautiful creation by God, how can you not find that interesting? To capture something so beautiful and intricate onto a piece of paper with a few movements of the hand.
All I have to say is that the human body is beautiful, nothing to be disgusted or ashamed of. No matter what. And to intertwine that with art? truly remarkable.
My favorite class of the day has got to be my French class. Not only because I love the culture, but my teacher, Mr. Lanathoua, is hands down the most inspiring teacher to walk the face of the Earth. His random acts of kindness are so legit and inspiring. Today he was talking about how fascinating…