A) Promise that from now on, you will not share any alleged facts on social media without first reading the Wikipedia entry likely to contain confirmation of the alleged fact;
B) Share a video of yourself putting a bucket over your head.
The FaceBucket challenge is intended to spread awareness about media literacy, especially social media’s potential for spreading misleading information.
As participants in social media, we have a responsibility to the others in our networks to not disseminate an inaccurate portrayal of the world we live in. This is especially true when it comes to political or ‘loaded’ topics where widespread misinformation can lead to negative consequences for large numbers of people.
A few years ago I noticed this new paradigm in logo placement on clothing. I think it was the Company Juicy Couture that first put their logo right on the ass of the customer. I’m not sure if they were indeed the first, but the word “Juicy” is the first word I remember actually reading from the seat of the pants of a young lady walking in front of me on the street.
I don’t need to explain why the the word “juicy” is so provocative when placed prominently on a woman’s rear end, and perhaps this is why I remember it as the beginning of this era, whether or not the credit (or blame) is really owed to the JC clothing line for making this a trend.
Fast forward a few years and many colleges and indeed even my twelve-year-old niece’s junior high school’s athletic clothing line has the institution’s name featured in this manner.
But not on the men’s/boy’s shorts and sweats. Only on the women’s/girl’s.
I have therefore decided to examine the cultural subtext of this phenomenon further by adding a twist to it, which I shall be wearing around town in search of truth.
Behold, the unveiling of the Hairy Butt Jean by Andrew A. Peterson.
Sorry for the camera-phone pic. I’ll have better photos as soon as I’m ready to do a proper shoot for this amazing new addition to my artistic legacy.
Also, I know I’m not the best butt-model but I work with what I have.
This is a photo I took as a resource material. I was really more focused on aged plastic lawn chairs, with their patina of plastic degradation mixed with dust, dirt, mold etc… The aging of these things adds a layer of human-skin-like-ness… Real people have blemishes and unevenness in their skin. These plastic Lawn Chairs have all the qualities of manufactured ideals of organic beauty, and all the symptoms of how manufacturing makes something less organic. They have plucked eyebrows. They have face-lifts. And they are sexy but slightly repulsive and all too familiar.
Another of the many Lawnchair Paintings I did over the course of a couple years. This one was destroyed in the fire, and I was glad to see it go in a way at the time. At a distance, now I see that there are some cool things about it. Oh well. It’s gone. Such is life.
This is one of the last oil paintings I did… This picture was taken a little bit before I decided it was done, and the others in the series burnt up in a fire. Also, the more recent pictures had of it burnt up in my last hard drive crash. The ‘finished’ painting, I gave to some friends of mine and they actually have it hanging up in their home. I love that. I will try to remember to take an updated picture of it next time I’m at their house in the daytime. Anyways, I like the basic idea of it so I thought I’d post it here.