Degradation and Deviancy: Signs, Pt. 3

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Yesterday afternoon I spent several minutes wandering around a very large shopping centre car park. Though this was not, I'm happy to say, the highlight of my weekend thus far, I did chance upon the below (groovy) images. Proof (as if it were needed) that even in the midst of consumerist tedium something blogworthy will hop up and gently slap you in the face.

Though their primary purpose is, I'd imagine, to indicate to stressed and bedraggled parents that they may park their brat-packed SUVs here (or there), they have a charm of their own that transcends this simple function.

Passing along the line of cars (and trying not to look like I was obsessively photographing license plates) I noticed that the signs were becoming progressively more degraded (and hence more interesting).

Image 1. Short, dumpy, armless child is accompanied (and protected) by disturbing, pelvis-free, giant-legged adult.

Image 2. Slightly less dumpy (but still armless) child balances on a gangrened leg that is just about to fall off. From behind a lamp-post a masked figure emerges – reaching out its blade like hand to rifle through the child's pockets (for financial or deviant reasons). Isn't society gone mad altogether? 'Tis. The budget, etc.

Image 3. A falling-to-bits adult (with a shrieking, and freakish, Pac-Man head) turns to flee from a young pursuer. A small wicker speech bubble separates them, but "says" nothing. Perhaps indicating wordless pain, or unmentionable longing. The young pursuer certainly seems to find the whole situation extremely…er…stimulating. Each to their own.

Further reading:

Take my Hand and Let us Flee – Signs, Pt. 1
The Enthusiastic Worker – Signs, Pt. 2

October 19, 2008

9 responses to Degradation and Deviancy: Signs, Pt. 3

  1. ira said:

    what !? nobody has commented ?!

    that’s the brilliant fustar EYE + WIT that I experienced over at greetings earthlings ^^

  2. Gobsheen said:

    I suspect that you may have approached these murals from the wrong angle.
    Taken from above, they could be interpreted as old fashioned clothes pegs or stumpy tuning forks (for those awkward lower frequencies) – in either case, the larger of the two benefits from additional grip.
    The degradation and decay is consistent with the logarithmic loss of sound intensity associated with a tuning fork following its monotonic performance… or the damage sustained by clothes peg from bad weather and er… other damaging stuff.

  3. fústar said:

    Ira, Ta. You don’t draw or paint do you? If and when Greetings Earthlings gets revived I need all the artists (amateurs welcomed) I can get.

    Gobsheen, You were bending my ear about “the logarithmic loss of sound intensity associated with a tuning fork following its monotonic performance” the other night at yer gig too. I tuned out.

    The “adult” in the first picture seems (now I look again) to have just taken a leafy dump.

  4. ira said:

    Years ago, I drew and painted a great deal, but I have of late been entirely focused on writing.

    I’d enjoy helping you out on Greetings. I have no idea what my style would be like nowadays, given my exposure to digital imagery during the past decade.

  5. fústar said:

    I’d enjoy helping you out on Greetings. I have no idea what my style would be like nowadays, given my exposure to digital imagery during the past decade.

    Only one way to find out! If I can find the time, expect a call.

  6. ira said:

    maybe you’ve already seen this photo on the net, do you think it’s a real tattoo? anyway, it’s great
    pop fantasy

    http://www.coolopticalillusions.com/eye-tricks/optic-pictures/alien-tattoo-whole-body.jpg

    I just went back to look at a year of illustrations on Greetings Earthlings, there’s a variety of artistic styles. You were awfully busy on that site last year!

  7. fústar said:

    Ira, That’s what the Greys are up to these days. Implants are sooo 90s. It’s “abduct you from your bed and give you a full body tattoo” that’s all the rage now.

    RE: Greetings Earthlings. It was born in a fevered burst of energy and died as quickly. I wanted to open it up to other contributors but the emails I tended to get were generally half-way between eccentricity and psychosis! The area does, of course, attract a lot of overly earnest nutballs.

    The nuttiness I enjoy, but the earnestness I find awfully tedious.

  8. ira said:

    My first thought artistically would be to switch things up a bit — away from the humanoid aliens —> micro-organisms, electronic intelligences, stuff like that

    (away from the psycho-fantastic –> the quasi-scientific, drawing on biology and physics)

  9. ira said:

    and –> numerology via mathematics

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