Portraits of Spam, Stuff I've Designed

Portraits of Spam — Jed Major

“Are you quitting on me? Well, are you? Then quit, you slimy fucking walrus-looking piece of shit! Get the fuck off of my obstacle! Get the fuck down off of my obstacle! NOW! MOVE IT! Or I’m going to rip your balls off, so you cannot contaminate the rest of the world! I will motivate you, Private Pyle, IF IT SHORT-DICKS EVERY CANNIBAL ON THE CONGO!”
— Gunnery Sergeant  Hartman, Full Metal Jacket

(As promised, here is the latest entry in my Portraits of Spam series. I’ll be sure to post at least one next week, or you can take one of my fingers.)

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Portraits of Spam, Stuff I've Designed

Portraits of Spam

Spam! Spam! Spam! No, I’m not referring to the Monty Python skit or the pervasive canned meat for that matter, but rather the endless amounts of spam email received on a daily basis. I’ve seen a few artists appropriate spam emails and turn them into art projects; I’ve decided to do the same with Portraits of Spam. Taking inspiration from the names of the email senders — they all seem this weird combination of common and uncommon names — I’m going to draw portraits of the names that strike me most. (I won’t deny the possibility that this idea isn’t wholly original. I may very well have seen something similar to this in the past. Anyways, I say “Fuck it, let’s go.”)

I’m not sure how often these will get posted up here. I’m going to aim to do a few a week but, depending on how long this first one takes me (which is in the works), it may just be a single post a week. Look for the first one to be up by week’s end.

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Stuff I've Designed

Rainy Day

It’s been one flipping wet December so far. La Niña is looming around, dumping rain by the buckets on us unfortunate souls in the Pacific Northwest; there’ve been times where it’s literally sounded like people are hosing down the large window in front of my desk. As a tribute of sorts, I created a new print as a bit of a self-portrait and an homage to days spent caught in unexpected down poors. Check it out.

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Other, Stuff I've Designed

Site Updates

I know, I know, it’s been a while since my last post. What can I say? There hasn’t been much worthy of reporting lately. Luckily, there are a few things that’ve popped up over the last week or so and I can resume my blogging presence.

First up, I’ve updated my personal site with a few new projects, including the one you see above. Give her a look-see. Or don’t. It’s a free world, for better or worse. I’ve got some more work that’s in the development stage; I’ll have it up when it’s ready.

More coming soon.

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Eleven.Eleven

As an annual homage to those who have served — and sacrificed — to get and keep us where we are, I produce a new background wallpaper for my laptop. Sure, you could say it’s a relatively insignificant act, but it’s better than throwing on Saving Private Ryan and saying “I remember”*. This year I produced the graphic you see above, an illustration of 11.11 — the eleventh day of the eleventh month, or Remembrance Day here in the Great White North (Canada).

* Even though I feel watching a Hollywood reproduction of war is a bit of a ridiculous way to pay respect, I can’t think of anything that’d get you much closer to the experience than the experience itself. (No, playing Call of Duty does not qualify.)

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Site Update

I’ve updated my freelance site with a couple ticket projects for a colleague of mine as well as a minor change to the left-hand column; I decided to rid the site of the cheeky copy it had and replace it with a simple quote that I’ll be updating regularly.

And, yes, I do intend to pick back up on posting. September’s been a hell of a month with what seems to be all my friends celebrating their birthdays, with my own bunched into the mix. I feel the need to add more original content — steering away from the almost purely link-based posts I’ve been putting up recently — but I’m one of those people who can’t really inspire themselves to do something; there needs to be some sort of trigger or request. I find it insanely difficult to “just do something”, but I guess practice and a keen eye makes perfect. (Perhaps the keen eye come with practice too — tricky.)

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