March 23, 2016 · 1:01 pm
Hand signals. They’re not something I’d particularly looked into previously. Once you start doing a bit of research it’s actually a pretty complicated field with the same basic gesture meaning different things in different places to different people so depending on who and where you are you this hand could potentially mean a few different things. What looks to your average British person like the ‘OK’ sign could also indicate a zero.
Apparently in most continental European countries, when the sign is placed over the nose, with the nose protruding through the O made by the thumb and forefinger, it means ‘drunk’. Furthermore in the Arab world this sign represents the evil eye, and is used as a curse, sometimes in conjunction with verbal cursing. So there you go. What you thought of as ok isn’t really. It’s all rather ambiguous. So just watch remember to watch yourself out there if you’re flashing some complicated hand signals…
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April 4, 2013 · 10:48 am
Nothing to lose and everything to gain
Look at this little tyke. Just look at him. You can just tell by the slightly sullen yet steely look in his eye that he’s on the warpath. He was probably involved in the riots or lives on the wrong side of the tracks. You get the feeling that someone has taken something of his and he’s pretty determined to get it back. Or something like that anyway.
To be honest it can be quite trying to put words to our pictures but i do enjoy doing it as taxing my lexicon can be a motivator in itself and sometimes it allows you to show some of the thought processes behind the piece. Although saying that i’m not entirely convinced that explaining yourself is at all necessary (surely someone can make their mind up about whether or not they like a piece without knowing anything about the artist, what it’s about or why it was created?)
Sometimes the write up is just froth off the top of my head to give an otherwise puzzling piece some levity. Either way it is what it is and this kid is still not very happy with you…
It is A2 in size and is made using the magic of acrylic paint and ink. Signed on reverse.
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Tagged as Acrylic paint, Aerosol paint, art, Arts, boy, Ebay, everything, eyes, face, gain, graffiti, head, id-iom, idiom, lose, man, nothing, paint, spray, spraypaint