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Saturday, September 24, 2005

She's Fresh! (Fresh!) Fresh as a Summer Breeeeeeeeaze...



The Illustration Friday word of the week is FRESH. How many times did you hear this one when you were a kid? How many times have you said it to your own kid, in some way or form? How many times have you squished your own kid's personality like a grape just because it was too much for you to handle after a hard day? Let your kids be who they are, or they might grow up sick and twisted individuals who draw cheap shit like this!

TTFN
-Tony

16 comments:

carla said...

Ah Tony, what's the difference between being fresh and being a wise guy? As always, you put your own stamp on the topic. Good one:>

JacqueLynn said...

Whada ya mean draw cheap shit like this, Tony, I didn't pay anything to look at it, so it's FREE shit. No it's not shit, I loved it, the perspective!! the caption, the kid. I esp had to think about the 2 year old that runs around here, he's pretty rotten pretty often, even with the "odor lines" coming off of the back of him sometimes, but still gotta love em. Loved your drawing, best take on fresh or the antithesis of fresh I've seen.

Tony LaRocca said...

Carla- what lead me to draw this was the thought that "fresh" means "new, smelling nice, & clean." So why did our parents tell us not to be fresh? Same thing with "wise guy." Aren't we supposed to be wise? Count on the English language to twist a kids psyche!

Jacquelynn- Did you ever notice how- unless they have some sort of painfull rash- babies are just fine with sitting in their own crap? Maybe they know something we don't

Anonymous said...

There must be a difference between our slightly differing cultures' language due to geographical location. I was never told to "Don't be fresh" nor accused of being a "wise guy", but grew as a sick and twisted individual. You really do picture yourself as rotting putrid crap (or did you mean fresh crap); both as a child and in death (as seen in last week's ugly scratchy lines - or were they just fresh lines?)

Tony Sarrecchia... said...

When you're a kid, it's being fresh, as an adult--it's being assertive. Go figure. In my old neighboorhood, a
'wise guy' was someone who was connected with da boys.

Nice illo, as usual.

kg said...

you're fearless with your illos. poor kiddo!! someone get him a spoonful of peanut butter, for pete's sake!

back in my day (and it wasn't THAT long ago), few kids were as smart-alecky as they are now. or maybe it SEEMED they weren't as smart-alecky because they were my peers....

Alison Ashwell said...

an interesting take on the subject

Toni said...

Tony as ussual you have an unique outlook on fresh.
Somehow my kids made it through my raising them because they still get fresh with me at times.
In a good way. They love to tease their Mom (me)

Alina Chau said...

Clever idea!

steve said...

Ha Ha Ha !!!

That's delicious, Tony ! It's gonna leave a long lasting taste in my mouth. Maybe if we put this poor kid on ice, he might last longer...
:-D

Aravis said...

I don't have children, so I can be as twisted and as fresh as I like on my own. *G*

Another great illo!

Caroline said...

"don't be fresh" or a "wise guy" - so that turn's you all into what - smelly stupid types? I hadn't realised, present company excepted obviously!

What an interesting cultural insight.

We (in UK) get told not to be cheeky...

Tony LaRocca said...

Well, that's the thing! You're told not to be "fresh" but you're also told not to be "rotten." I suppose all children should just be non-perishable.

french toast girl said...

I was going to do a trio - "Fresh", "Spoiled", and "Rotten".

This is clearly not Mandy, as she would be smacking you with her diaper to change her.

love, me

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Heard it ALL the time... and couldn't for the life of me think of an interesting way to get the concept across. I agree with Jacquelynne.. you did a great job by using wild perspective, a little text and a funny face. PS: Hope your bloody ball is OK.

Ian T. said...

Let your kids be who they are, or they might grow up sick and twisted individuals who draw cheap shit like this!

Amen, brother! Don't get me started on parents... it's funny, having your own children really makes you re-evaluate all kinds of things, parents included. And yes, better to nurture who they than what you think you might want them to be.

I dig the angle on this cartoon - it really stretches the concept as far as it'll go!