Posts Tagged ‘Bad Ass’

The theme selected for week one-sixteen of Operation Graphite will be: Samurai.

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Keeping the theme central to the Land of the Rising Sun, it seemed fitting to feature one of the most powerful icons of Japan, the Samurai. The warrior class of feudal Japan, or Bushi, is such an important symbol in modern Japan, even though the age of the Samurai is long past. The complexities of their warrior code may be very alien to westerners, but the bad-ass Samurai archetype is legendary worldwide.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Samurai.

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.22.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.23.13

Week one-o-six of Operation Graphite – theme: Vikings.

Shock - Slaughter Pile

If we grade the entire middle ages on a curve, can we cut the Vikings some slack? Without them, there would be no Thor, or Marvel’s version of Thor with its creative liberties. We wouldn’t have the Icelandic Viking sagas and their rich, but violently brutal mythology. Sure, they were bastards, but they were genius bastards. There innovative ship building alone was revolutionary. When the news of the Kiev protests broke out, and ramparts of flaming tires illuminated images of medieval armored rebels, I rememberd that that was a city founded by the Vikings, and centuries later, those are still some guys not to mess with when pissed off.

Shock – Slaughter Pile

The theme selected for week one-o-six will be: Vikings.

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Since we’ve pasted American Football season, it is safe to bring up the age when roving bands of Scandinavian raiders were the scourge of Europe. Vikings are a tough group to tackle. While in one respect they are universally hailed for being absolute bad asses. The idea of fierce Viking warriors is a token of pride by those whose ancestry hails from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Even for those who don’t have a drop of Norse blood in them, the ideas of Courage, Strength and Valor are admired. Of course there is the fact that the Vikings were assholes, complete fucking assholes. In some cases, the Vikings who raided and raped their way along the coast were outcast from Scandinavia. The explorers who settled Iceland, Greenland and even America were pushed further and further from their homelands, mostly because they were such total assholes that were kicked out of civilized Europe. Perhaps I’m being harsh, after all, back in those days just about everyone would have been considered psychotic, murderous assholes. Ah, the Middle Ages.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Vikings.

All art work is due on Thursday, 3.13.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 3.14.13

Want to suggest a new theme? Send your ideas with your submission.

Week one-o-three of Operation Graphite – theme: Big Ass Truck.

Shock - Zombie Stomper

Every time I see a truck on the freeway that looks like it could drive over my tiny car, I wonder what is the point of taking that behemoth on the 405 if you aren’t just going to steam roll right over the gridlock. And even though the A-hole who drives that beast would probably take up two or three parking spaces, deep down I really would love to drive one of those monster trucks. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to pay for the gas needed by one, or try and parallel park one of those beasts.

Shock – Zombie Stomper

The theme selected for week one-o-three of Operation Graphite will be: Big Ass Truck.

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For some, it’s status symbol and measure of automotive machismo. Others might see it as a garish and ridicules. Weather you are in the camp that likes to hang a pair of chrome testicles on the trailer hitch or your lifted F350, or if you someone who see’s the flamboyant display of ostentatious machinery as a sign of ones inadequate genital size; Big Ass Trucks are fair game this week for either praise or ridicule.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Big Ass Truck.

All art work is due on Thursday, 2.20.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 2.21.13

Send your ideas for new themes with your submission and guide future Grey Ops.