Friday, June 08, 2007

"Zoot suit riot, throw back a bottle of beer..."

Illustration Friday: Suit


This is an image I made years ago. It was a submission for a project where everyone continued a story by making an illustration for the next card in a deck. This would make a great album cover, I think...

"Things fall apart, the center cannot hold," William Yeats said in his poem, "The Second Coming." If he were to have written that poem today instead of 1919, I think the next line would have been, "And no one gave a damn, because 'American Idol' was on television." It probably would have been a better line than that, with the meter matching the rest of the poem, but you get my drift.

Nothing seems to WORK anymore. I bought a motion sensor for my father. I hooked it up- it didn't work. I took it back, and got another one. I bought a refurbished Nintendo Gamecube (I utterly refuse to buy a Wii as long as they're artificially prolonging the demand so they can keep the outrageous price up.) When we got it home, neither the Gamecube nor the memory chip worked. (Will someone please tell me why you have to buy a 32 meg cartridge to save games? Couldn't they just have put 32 megs of storage memory in the hardware?) We brought it back and traded it for another one. Elena and I have gotten my parents two DVD players. Both of them were utter pieces of crap. Guaranteed, you get what you pay for & they weren't top of the line models, but how do things get on the shelves without working at all? Every summer, here in NYC, we have rolling blackouts (only in the outer boroughs - they would never dare let anything happen to people who live in Manhattan) because our antiquated power grid cannot take the demand anymore. Last summer, neighborhoods here in Queens went TWO WHOLE WEEKS without power, and no one did ANYTHING. The infrastructure of the country seems to be falling apart, and nothing gets done. It all comes down to what the Romans called "bread and circuses." Keep the people fed and entertained, and you can get away with anything. Why do you think the entertainment industry is the only industry America has left?

On the funnier side of the news, as a sequel to the previous post, Paris Hilton is back in jail. I hope the judge sends Sheriff Lee Bacca to jail for contempt as well. How could a sheriff possibly think he had the authority to change a judge's sentence? Some major moolah must have shifted hands for this idiot to think he could get away with that one. Now why can't I be in a job where someone would bribe me a crapload of money to do something for a rich, slutty bimbo? Maybe next time she wants to release a porno on the internet to promote her TV show, I could be cameraman. I don't know how a bribe would be involved in that, but I'm sure we could work out something...

TTFN
-Tony

24 comments:

Jennifer Blake said...

tis an awsome image Tony...and I cant imagine what the rest of the deck would look like...

Mick said...

Awsome is the word I'd use as well. This piece is marvelous, Tony! It would make a good album cover indeed.

Lux Valentine said...

Let them be scared!! :)

XLV

Aravis said...

This illo looks like it could be the love child of Harlequin and Pennywise the Clown...

*G*

String said...

God I LOVE that image, want to write a whole new album just for it...excellent blog. I had no idea you had rolling blackouts for two weeks there...unreal. Over here, lots of stuff breaks after a year, and everyone throws it away, disgusting...

mrsnesbitt said...

Well the word has already been used, but I will use it again! AWESOME!

Paris Hilton eh.....words escape me, well they don't but I am a lady and would not use the words here! LOL!

Rayne said...

oh, I forgot to say, very cool image.

Rayne said...

The scary thing is, the whole bread and circuses thing failed so catastrophically.
Basically we have allowed our country to be sold out from underneath us and we are a divided nation run by a bunch of greedy oil whores.

Craig J. said...

Here's what the rest of the deck looks like:

52-Pick-Up

Unfortunately, you can only view one card at a time. The series used to be archived elsewhere, but that fell by the wayside, as many things on the internet do.

bookbabie said...

Yikes, that's one scary dude:)

Tony LaRocca said...

MUCHOS THANK YOU Mr. Quack (Clark,) I didn't have the link anymore!

Craig J. said...

As always, you are very welcome, my good man.

Studio Zuga said...

i think michael meyers should wear this mask in the next holloween installment. all the kiddies sitting around the table play inf with a deck of cards that hads this mask on it and then..... ther music starts and ....ok i dont wanna spoil it

Studio Zuga said...

thanks man for letting me know i thought it was all good will ck it

Rrramone said...

Nice. Although I think I'll have nightmares this evening. :-)

catnapping said...

I think you should make an entire deck of cards!

Yes, I think this would make a great album cover.

ValGalArt said...

Very compelling piece and what a cool deck of cards they must be!!!

Twisselman said...

Yes!Trippy.

janie said...

very strong image, extremely haunting.

Anonymous said...

Once again GREAT ILLUSTRATION Tony! I have been missing in a storm, some people here haven't had electricity for a week and we are expecting another storm TONIGHT! Blah.

janie said...

Scary dude, reminds me of Munch's? the scream. Munch doesn't look right, but you know who I mean,right?

Larry Lee said...

I agree. It looks like an album cover. And an awesome cover at that.

As for your rant, have you noticed also that no matter how simple it should be it always take twice as long and never works the first time? It seems like every thing I try to do fights me all the way, no matter how easy!

ChristyMarcusLitster said...

awesome illo - definitely would work as a album cover (maybe for a death metal band lol)

You should buy a Wii... they are the greatest!

V.K. said...

I like your illo, Tony. And your rant gives me an opportunity to commisserate. Things that broke this year: bread maker (three times), digital camera, car, bike, computer. The bike was easy, I haven't dealt with the car because I can just ride my bike. The computer was covered.

Built To Last aren't three words in our lexicon anymore I guess...

That really sucks about the rolling blackouts.