The year is 1839 and the prize that is at stake is the first selfie ever. The internet will tell you that American photography pioneer Robert Cornelius took the first ever selfie but I would contend that Roche Bobois, seen here posing in front of some mystery minimal graffiti, took this selfie some weeks before.
I’m not at liberty to reveal how we came to be in 1839 with a can of pink and an ‘X’ stencil but suffice it to say we’ve now returned the DeLorean to it’s rightful owner with a little note of apology under one of the windscreen wipers.
Now I’m not entirely sure if we’ve ever mentioned the dandy but enigmatic man that is Roche Bobois before but I’m certain we’ve never, thus far, mentioned his boorish and arrogant half brother Nathaniel. For all that Roche has on the positive side of life it would seem his half brother is something of a inverted mirror image. Whereas Roche is dashing, brave and charming the same can definitely not be said about Nathaniel. He’s already seen the inside of a gaol cell more times than an entire family of pickpockets. Oh, and did I mention that he’s mad? Quite as mad as the Mad Hatter himself. He’s arrested for public nudity and pleasuring himself with inanimate objects as much as he is for public intoxication and fighting.
Although you shouldn’t feel sorry for him. He’s had every opportunity to better himself but it seems he’s pretty much bad to the core and even seems to take some perverse pleasure in the whole sordid affair. It just goes to show there is a very fine line between good and bad. Anyway I’m not sure why but I got this portrait whilst he was being detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure. It was just before he started eating a moth…
Title: Nathaniel Bobois – the half brother of Roche
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, ink, pastel, spray paint and charcoal
It would seem that the despicable character that is Nathaniel Bobois has managed to make another appearance in one of our pictures. He’s just too much of a rogue not to paint. It’s hard to believe that he and the amazing Roche Bobois came from the same parents. So, Nathaniel challenged the might of id-iom to a game of pool and that’s not the kind of offer we refuse. With Nathaniel preening and boasting around the pub we had a quick game of Paper, Scissors, Rock to see who would play him first.
I won and took to the table with a quiet determination. Meanwhile Nathaniel was still fannying about selecting a cue when I broke and took down three yellows to boot. Already on the back foot Nathaniel tried and failed to claw it back. I sunk the black about a minute after he took his first shot but he was not put off so with a volley of swearing he put down more money and challenged the other member of id-iom to another game. This went on till we’d cleared him out of the $150 he had. Don’t ask me why he had dollars on him but he did. It was money and we took it anyway. Here at id-iom we both feel a bit sorry – not for Nathaniel – but for his brother Roche because he’s just going to have to bail him out yet again…
Title: Game over
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, screen print, watercolour and charcoal