Never Rational American Gothic


There is a sickness in the USA.
It’s a kind of lust.
An addiction.
A fetish.
It’s an irrational attraction to toys that end life. It doesn’t matter how many children shoot their siblings, how many people shoot themselves, on accident or on purpose, or how many disturbed individuals shoot swaths of others at once; the thirst for possession of murdersticks is seemingly unquenchable.

It doesn’t matter that you are statistically more likely to commit suicide than than to successfully defend your home from an invader. It doesn’t matter that accidents in the home are more prevalent than incidents of protection.
Statistics.
Facts.
Data.
Nothing sways the worship.

Lovers of the murdersticks scream about rights. They threaten violent insurrection should their toys be threatened by new regulations or by repealing old amendments.
They call laws that favor their mechanical idols “sacrosanct” and “immutable”, regardless of the fact that said laws are based on something called an “amendment”, which by definition means itself was once a change that was added and therefore can also be subtracted.

This desire is an attraction rooted in fantasy.
A fantasy not unlike the dream that one day, the fantasizer will find themselves alone atop a Nakatomi Plaza building, the sole force that stands between helpless innocents and an impending slaughter by an undeniably evil force that could only be stopped by the hero of the hour, that just happens to have their trusty war-wager holstered, locked, loaded and lubed up for action.
Ready and willing.
Never say die.

Yippie-Kai-Yay-NEVERgonnaHappenYouTwat.

More and more, this fantasy is being exposed for what it is; a child-like hero complex in an adult brain combined with a short sighted desire to shirk responsibility when confronted with the ills that placating to this addiction causes society. While it is argued that unfettered access to high powered murdersticks equals freedom for some, it invariably means an unnecessary injury or an untimely death for many other innocents.

We should be on the side of the innocents.
We should reduce access to tools that create nothing but death and the aftermath of tragedy.
We should investigate the problem of mental instability among our populace, and we should start with the mental instability that causes the desire to collect, hoard, aggrandize and genuflect to the cold, steel, golden calf of casualty.

Edited: April 24th, 2018

Trumpcare (Unfinished)


This is not finished yet. Please don’t share it, but please do give feedback. I hope to have it finished in a few days.

Edited: June 25th, 2017

Bonus Tiger using the iPhone program “Layers”

I don’t normally mess around with color, but there are two iPhone apps in particular that made me want to dabble in it this year. Brushes and Layers are two different apps in the app store that accomplish similar goals. I used the program called Layers to trace over a tiger photo to learn more about the composition of it. The result is a fun study of artistic endevors on mobile technology. I consider this a work in progress, but thought I would post it to celebrate New Year’s Day.

Happy New Year!!!

Edited: January 2nd, 2010

Happy Year of the Tiger!!!

This is the finished version. I am happy with the inking, but there are still some technica issues of the composition that I am not happy with. The Chinese Zodiac runs on a twelve year cycle, so I will have another stab at it in a dozen years.

Stay tuned for more illustrations on this blog, and have a safe and happy new year!

Edited: January 1st, 2010

Finished!!!

Today I finished printing the New Year Cards in the US and I am sending them back to Japan to be mailed in bulk. I will post the digital version here on the first of January. Till then…

Edited: December 27th, 2009

The Tiger to rule all Tigers

Edited: December 8th, 2009

Final Drafts are Final

Here are the last sketches I have toyed with. I probably have a few more laying around and might scan them in later, but as it is, I am starting work on the actual drawing now. Obviously I didn’t make my own “December 1st” deadline. Seems that I rarely do when making these New Year’s Cards…

A Tiger Playing with his food

A Tiger Playing with his food


The Tiger on the Flying Trapeze

The Tiger on the Flying Trapeze


This tiger jumped out of his stripes...

This tiger jumped out of his stripes...


This tiger looks a little stiff...

This tiger looks a little stiff...

Edited: December 6th, 2009

Tiger process 10

I’m not sure how many tigers I have drawn in the past month, so I will just call this number ten. I think I am getting closer to where I want to be with my understanding of visually representing tigers. The final version may be something like this, with face licking, meat knawing and more blood.

I am not really happy with this exact one, in fact it may be one of the worst drawings I have done in a looong time, because the perspective is soooo off. It is only something that can be corrected with more practice. I like the face ok (althought the nose is too short and the eayes to far apart…) but I can work from it.

Edited: September 2nd, 2009

Next year: the year of the Tiger!

Next year is the year of the Tiger! Being the first year that I will have a full-fledged predator to work with, I plan to make this the goriest (is that a word?) new years card ever. I really haven’t drawn a tiger since high school so I am doing a lot of case studies from pictures that I have found on the internet (no time to go to the zoo!).

Edited: September 1st, 2009

Year of the Ox

2008 is the year of the Ox, and last year was the year of the Rat. So of course, the Ox/Bull is blasting the Rat into oblivion.

Edited: August 31st, 2009