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Let’s take a moment to remember the sacrifices our armed troops have made for this country on this Veterans Day holiday.

Now let’s go on to the links for this week.

A U.S. military veteran speaks out on the issue of whether NFL players should be allowed to take a knee or be required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.

NFL players never used to stand for the national anthem before 2009, when the NFL switched it as a marketing strategy to make the athletes look more patriotic.

Here are some ways people disrespect the flag daily based on flag code.

Niger is the perfect example of the US state of perma-war.

How Twitter killed the First Amendment.

Sorry, but Haribo gummies are reportedly made with slave labor.

Interesting and colorful paintings made with controlled pours.

Artist shows how people in other professions react when asked for free stuff.

How to be an artist, according to Bauhaus master Josef Albers.

Artists who caught companies and fake artists shamelessly copyright their work and selling it.

White people commit the most heinous crimes, so why is America terrified of black men?

11th-century herbal remedy guide now digitized and online.

Wall Street got a bailout, why not Puerto Rico?

One man’s hobby is to Photoshop himself into various celebrity photos in a hilarious way.

Facing poverty, adjunct professors in America turn to sex work and sleeping in cars.

How to master color theory.

Trumpism run amok: How Alabama’s GOP runoff explains the brave new world.

Profile of an American city where the government barely exists.

Is this the end of the job as we know it?

Ta-Nehisi Coates explains why America should have seen Trump coming.

Leonardo da Vinci’s bizarre caricatures and monster drawings.

Hurricane Maria started in 1898: how America spent more than a century brutalizing Puerto Rico.

The United Nations says that robots could destabilize the world through war and unemployment.

How many Palm Beach mansions does a Wall Street tycoon need? As many as destroying America’s hometown newspapers can buy him.

Smithsonian digitizes and lets you download 40,000 works of Asian and American art for free.

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Silicon Valley is now using empathy as a marketing tool to sell virtual reality equipment.

The late Steve Erwin’s son is an award-winning photographer and these photos show why.

Why it’s hard to separate Woody Allen the director from Woody Allen the person.

Yes, you can make your own solar cells from white powdered donuts.

The first historical record of Jesus describes him as a “magician.”

An interesting looking crochet version of The Exorcist.

Obama goes from the White House to Wall Street in less than one year.

Amateur artist turns old flip-flops into amazing action figures.

12-year-old boy creates creepy yet awesome sculptures using found materials.

The psychedelic retro-futurism of Swedish artist Kilian Eng.

The making of the first hand-drawn VR cartoon.

People are attacking Kendall and Kylie Jenner for their racist handbags…again.

Ivanka Trump hides behind her White House job to avoid a copyright lawsuit.

LuLa Roe has just changed its return policy and its consultants are screwed.

Scenes from 30 movies re-enacted with LEGO bricks.

Eight before-and-after graffiti transformations that create beauty out of blankness.

World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall likens Donald Trump to a chimpanzee.

Bruce Springsteen lists 20 of his favorite books.

The chateau you should visit in France instead of Versailles.

Pepe the Frog’s creator has found a reliable way to fight the alt-right’s appropriation of his character.

Street-style photographers unite to proclaim #NoFreePhotos

How the band Rage Against the Machine predicted Donald Trump’s presidency 17 years ago.

This amazing tree that shows how languages are connected will change the way you see our world.

One woman’s quest to save Baltimore television, including some early footage featuring a young Oprah Winfrey.

Download Theft! A History of Music is a new free graphic novel exploring 2,000 years of musical borrowing.

Bic ballpoint pen portraits drawn on vintage maps and stationery by Mark Powell.

If you’re not getting interviews, here’s how to fix your resume and cover letter.

What happened when 165 street artists took over an abandoned building in Berlin.

Hedge fund pushes online crafts retailer Etsy to explore sale because the company’s sales growth has slowed while costs has increased.

Google’s open source DIY kit turns a Raspberry Pi into an AI assistant.

How the Fyre Festival turned into a disaster when organizers blew all their money early on models, planes, and yachts.

Man who was suicidal runs marathon with the stranger who talked him down from a bridge.

Makeup bloggers turn against consumerism.

Over 10 years, Martha Stewart has quietly become the perfect blogger while other lifestyle bloggers have come and go.

Make the ultimate embroidery wall hanging with these free printable designs.

A woman who paints tiny masterpieces in an empty Altoids tin (including instructions on how to make your own tin painting kit).

Wendy’s mascot gets turned into a popular smug anime girl.

From sex trafficking survivor to restauranteur.

The next generation of robots will be remarkably human-like.

The Museum of Bad Art has been celebrating failure since 1993.

American Airlines gave its workers a raise. Wall Street freaked out.

Dig through the world’s largest sketchbook library.

Closing the gender gap in computer science begins in kindergarten.

How will low-wage workers survive in the age of the robots?

What photography can tell us about power and prejudice.

KFC has just published a ridiculously raunchy and bizarre romance novella starring a Casanova Colonel Sanders and you can now download it for free.

The definitive ranking of all 12 Star Wars movies.

Polish artist illustrates his fight against depression with these mysterious dark paintings.

A virtual holographic anime character named Azuma Hikari is a voice-powered virtual assistant who can also provide companionship for single men.

Happy Earth Day! Here are some links for you to enjoy! 🙂

Donald Trump’s modeling agency is on the verge of collapse, say industry insiders. It will be the latest in a line of failed ventures like the Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Steaks, and Trump Vodka.

The original sculptor of the Charging Bull statue on Wall Street says that the Fearless Girl statue facing his statue distorts his work so much that he is considering filing a lawsuit.

Cannabis industry attracts more mainstream investors as business grows.

A mass-market shoe with 3D-printed midsoles is coming soon.

Eight-year-old boy learns to drive on YouTube then takes his little sister on a joyride to McDonald’s.

Microsoft Office vulnerabilities mean that no .doc is safe.

You’ll be working with robots sooner than you think.

Are you a photographer who needs a light box but you are currently short on cash? Here’s a video showing how you can make your own light box for less than $10.

Google’s new AutoDraw web-based drawing tool is a better artist than you.

It may be time to say farewell to the Pentax camera as Ricoh shrinks its camera business.

Chinese doctors use 3D printing to prepare for facial reconstruction surgery.

Microsoft to offer self-service refund for digital games.

How to stop Microsoft Office hackers from stealing your bank account.

12 ways to study a new programming language.

How Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffet adhere to the Five-Hour Rule where they set aside at least one hour a day (or five hours a week) devoted to such practices as reading, reflection, and experimentation.

Exiles from the war-torn areas of Syria, Palestine, and Afghanistan form a theater troupe in Germany.

Why Kickstarter decided to radically transform its business model.

How Steve Bannon’s multimedia machine drove a movement and paid him millions.

Microsoft will unveil the most powerful gaming console it has ever made on June 11.

Beware of “drive-by” computer scam.

Fake SEO plugin used in WordPress malware attacks.

Yes, some businesses still run Microsoft’s much-maligned Windows Vista.

Ohio inmates built and hid computers in prison using recycled electronic parts.

Dear Microsoft, stop blaming girls for not pursuing STEM careers.

Artist Hasan Elahi discusses racism in the digital art world.

Take a weirdly hypnotizing tour of America’s dying malls.

According to a recent survey, British women said that they prefer knitting to sex to help them relax from stress.

For photographers on a very tight budget, here’s a video showing how you can make your own DIY photography studio in your own home.

Disney files patents to bring humanoid robots to its theme parks.

Gizmodo reports on why people still use Microsoft Word.

Disney launching new animated Star Wars series on YouTube.

Black girls have been playing with white dolls for a long time.

Paper horror houses (including the Bates Motel) that you can download, print, and build for free.

As you may have heard, the federal government and the White House just can’t agree on a budget so the whole fiscal policy of the United States went into sequestration as of last Friday, March 1 with no end in sight (or at least in the near future). With the U,S. economy on the verge of following Greece, Spain, and Portugal into a total economic collapse, I think that it’s time for me to get around to posting some art I originally did late last year.

Back on December 19 the group Rebuild the Dream created this online event called Artstrike which invited artists to submit work that reflected on the themes of stopping further cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and demand that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes that the non-wealthy pay percentage-wise. The submitted art was posted on Tumblr.

I created these two pieces using ink and colored pencil. They were created quickly because I didn’t get word about Artstrike until just a few days before the submission deadline. But they express how I felt about the current political situation. The first piece, The Haves and the Have-Nots, show a wealthy Wall Streeter with his trophy wife (complete with blond hair, fake breasts, high heels, and a Tiffany shopping bag) nonchalantly walking past a veteran and senior citizen who are begging on the streets because of budget cuts.

The Haves and the Have-Nots

The second piece, Corporate Robbers, was done shortly after Hostess went out of business and revelations came out about how the top executives of that company raided employee pensions and gave themselves huge bonuses while they ran an 80-year-old company into the ground. I used photos of some of these executives in my piece.

Corporate Robbers

I tried to channel Thomas Nast on both these piece as much as possible. If I have had more time, I’m sure I could’ve made the art look better but, otherwise, I was basically pleased with what I did.

The past few days the U.S. has been rocked by news of the sudden closing of a beloved iconic company, Hostess, the maker of the famous Twinkies along with other beloved snacks like Ho Hos, Suzi-Q, Zingers, Snowballs, and more.

What the hell happened? Hostess claimed that it was those greedy unions members who went on strike because they wanted their pay and benefits increased to outrageous levels and the company had no other option but to close. However if you look at other sources, you’d know that it wasn’t that nasty union who forced Hostess to close down for good due to its sheer greed. Hostess went into bankruptcy for the second time since 2009. For the past 8 years Hostess has had 6 CEOs (none of whom with experience in the bread or cake baking industry) and it had been owned by Wall Street investors: so-called “restructuring experts,” managers from other non-baking food companies, and now a “liquidation specialist.”

The union members who are now blamed for the Hostess closings had watched as money from previous concessions that was supposed to go toward capital investment, product development, plant improvement and new equipment was squandered in executive bonuses, payouts to Wall Street investors and payments to high-priced attorneys and consultants. Over the past 15 months, Hostess workers have seen the company unilaterally end contractually obligated payments to their pension plan. Despite saving more than $160 million with this action, the company fell deeper into debt.

If all that wasn’t enough, creditors of Hostess Brands Inc. said in court papers the company may have "manipulated" its executives’ salaries higher in the months leading up to its Chapter 11 filing, in what the creditors called a possible effort by Hostess to "sidestep" Bankruptcy Code compensation provisions. The high pay that Hostess executives received had been going on for years. One example: Hostess’s then-CEO, Brian Driscoll, saw his salary rise to $2.55 million from $750,000—a 300% increase.

Basically what those Wall Street investors did to Hostess was what Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital did to the now-defunct KB Toys: Purchased a profitable company whose products these investors had little or no prior experience in, drastically slashed workers’ salaries and benefits, laid off scores of employees, refused to invest in things like research and development or new equipment, and paid themselves outrageous salaries and bonuses until the company began to hemorrage money so much that it had to close.

Hostess was one of those solid American brands that many people were familiar with. I know that Hostess was a major part of my youth. I had lots of memories snacking on things like Ho Hos, Twinkies, and Suzy-Q. When I was younger I used to frequently eat a Hostess snack as a dessert with my lunch. I never forgot when I spent my freshman year at Anne Arundel Community College when someone from Hostess sent two of its employees to the college’s Student Center. One person was dressed as the Twinkies mascot while the other person gave away free Twinkies to students.

Here’s another memory I’m going to divulge. My husband, who abruptly ran away from home last December and has largeley avoided me since, once told me a deep dark secret when he saw me snacking on a Twinkie. At the time we were both students at the University of Maryland at College Park and we had been dating seriously for at least six months or more. My future estranged husband told me that when he was an undergraduate student at Oberlin College he worked at the radio station there when he was snacking on a Twinkie and another campus radio station person saw him and started calling him "Twinkie." That Twinkie nickname stuck for the next four years that he was at Oberlin.

My husband didn’t want me to tell anyone about how he was once nicknamed Twinkie. If he hadn’t walked out on me last December with zero notice, I would not be revealing his secret in this blog post.

Yesterday I decided to head out for a final visit to the Hostess Bakery Thriftshop in Beltsville, Maryland. I didn’t go there very often mainly because the majority of the food sold there wasn’t very healthy for me and if I got a craving for Hostess there is a convenience store closer to my home that I usually go to buy such a snack. But the white building and the colorful sign was definitely a fixture on Route 1.

A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess

A fleet of Hostess trucks was parked in the back of the building after the trucks made their last delivery of Hostess products ever.

A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess

Despite the building’s large size on the outside, the store itself is pretty small. It was very crowded with people buying up as many Hostess products as possible before the store closed for good. Some shelves were already empty when I got there.

A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess

Hostess’ most famous brand is Twinkies. When I was at the store, the only Twinkes that were still in stock was a special edition Chocolate Creme Twinkies.

A Farewell to Hostess

As I looked at the inventory that was left, I found some surprises—I never knew that Hostess made cereal. (That’s what I get for not visiting the store more often when I had the chance.)

A Farewell to Hostess

After I purchased what I picked up, I put my bags in the car then I walked over to the 7-11 that is in the shopping center located next door to the Hostess Bakery Thriftshop. I found a few more Hostess products on that shelf but, alas, no Twinkies. I bought some other products that I didn’t find at the other store. I ultimately had three shopping bags full of Hostess products.

A Farewell to Hostess

This is the only healthy Hostess product that I purchased. It’s for its unsweetened Toasted Oats that’s basically Hostess’ version of Cheerios.

A Farewell to Hostess

The back of the ceral box had some basic facts about animals that kids (and animal lovers in general) would be interested in.

A Farewell to Hostess

Since I didn’t find the regular Twinkies, I went ahead and purchased a box of the Chocolate Creme Twinkies. It’ll be close enough to the Twinkies that I fondly remember eating.

A Farewell to Hostess

I purchased three different flavors of Hostess Donettes—chocolate frosted with a yellow cake, chocolate frosted with a devil’s food cake, and powdered sugar with a yellow cake.

A Farewell to Hostess

Rounding out my purchases are the following products: Suzy Q’s, Hostess Cup Cakes, Ho Hos, and Fudge Grahams Cookies.

A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess

Today after church I decided to make one more trip to the Hostess Bakery Thriftshop in Beltsville. I had The Smiths’ "How Soon is Now" playing in my car as I arrived to the store’s front parking lot. In a way the pulsing rhythms and the overall depressing tone of that song made for a fitting soundtrack because I learned from one of the employees that today is the last day that the store would be open to the general public.

Today the prices were slashed even further than yesterday.

A Farewell to Hostess

There were even more empty shelves than before.

A Farewell to Hostess

As I browsed the stuff that were left on the shelves, I found that this particular Hostess store sold products by other manufacturers such as the ones I photographed.

A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess

This next photo shows how abrupt the closing of Hostess really was. The store had decorations up for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday. Ironically the Hostess employees who are in the process of being laid-off will probably have a hard time finding much to be thankful for.

A Farewell to Hostess

I didn’t buy as much today as I did yesterday mainly because I had either already purchased enough of the products I wanted yesterday or because the products I was interested in (like the original Twinkies with the vanilla cream filling) were sold out. I purchased a couple more boxes of Hostess’ version of Cherrios cereal along with these two new Hostess products.

A Farewell to Hostess
A Farewell to Hostess

I plan on being very slow about consuming these products over the next few months in order to savor my last taste of these products and to prevent rapid weight gain. I hope I can discipline myself. I have to balance eating these products before they go stale with not eating them so fast that I gain enough weight to make my clothes a tight fit. I know that I need to make sure that I exercise as much as possible in order to burn some of these empty calories that are in Hostess products.

Unless a different company buys the Twinkies recipe and the right to manufacture them, if I have a desire for Twinkies in the future, I will have to closely watch this YouTube video of Jolene Sugarbaker demonstrating how to make Twinkies knock-offs.

In addition, I came across this site that has recipes where you can attempt to replicate 9 Hostess treats—Cup Cakes, Donettes, Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Fruit Pies, Sno Balls, Suzy Q, Chocodiles, and Ho Hos.

A Farewell to Hostess Part 2 (December 1, 2012)

Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder. I still remember that incident like it happened yesterday. Yesterday Elizabeth Edwards lost her battle with caner. Her death wasn’t as big of a surprise as Lennon’s sudden murder because she had been battling terminal cancer for the last few years and the day before she died she authorized her doctors to halt all further treatments. I could devote this entry to either John Lennon or Elizabeth Edwards but instead there’s something else that has been gnawing at me.

As most of you know, right now the U.S. is currently undergoing the worst recession since the 1930’s. The economy started tanking towards the end of the Bush Administration and there were several factors including giving tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals, fighting two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while keeping the tax cuts for the wealthy going, and seeing many of the wealthy–especially those on Wall Street–take their earnings from these tax cuts and spend it not on creating new jobs (which was George W. Bush’s justification for creating those tax cuts in the first place) but on risky investments (like credit default swaps, selling mortgages to people who really couldn’t afford them, and lots of other shady practices).

When Barack Obama made his inspirational speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, I was very inspired by it. He preached unity and working together to find common ground. When he decided to run for president, I was thrilled, especially with his messages of hope and change. He promised an administration that would be in sharp contrast to the Bush Administration. He said he would end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he would overhaul health care for all including a public option, and end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. He said he wanted an era of reform that would result in bringing good paying jobs in the United States and reform Wall Street.

I was very inspired by the positive tone of his campaign and how he was good at bringing together a coalition of different kinds of people including people of different races, people of all economic levels, people of all education levels, and people of all ages. His frequent messages of hope and change suggested that he would be a different kind of president along the lines of Theodore Roosevelt, Frankling D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy who would encourage Americans to come together to solve the nation’s problems and to take on the interests responsible for the economic collapse of the U.S. I was so inspired by both the campaign and election of Barack Obama that I created two works of art based on him. The first one was one I did as an entry in a contest that was sponsored by MoveOn.org in 2008.

Hope and Unity for Barack Obama

The second one was one I painted while I was recuperating from hip replacement surgery in early 2009.

Barack Obama

I did some volunteering for Obama’s campaign in 2008 (although I couldn’t do as much as I really wanted because I was suffering from a bad hip and I ultimately underwent a hip replacement soon after Election Day that year). I voted for him in both the primary and general elections. I purchased an Obama t-shirt, sweartshirt, and ballcap. I was really pulling for the guy. You see, with the way he campaigned, I really thought that he would be an FDR type of politician–one who would do what’s best for the country in times of crisis while standing up to right-wingers.

And these right-wingers have been rooting for President Obama’s destruction since his inauguration in 2009. Just weeks after that inauguration, right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh actively said that he hoped that President Obama failed and other right-wingers have joined in that chorus. It even spreaded to Congress where some Republicans wanted their party to be known as the "Party of ‘NO’" because they were so hell-bent on opposing President Obama at every turn.

After the 2008 elections, not only was there a Democrat in the White House but the Democrats also dominated both the House of Representatives and the Senate. It’s obvious that the government had a mandate from the voting public to take more progressive stances and to reform the government. President Obama could’ve been bold and implemented his vision of hope and change. Plus he would’ve had enough Democrats in government to support him in whatever policies he wanted to pursue without having to reach out to the right-wing Republicans who want him to fail.

I wanted a new FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, and/or JFK but what did we get instead? Someone who is totally into bipartisanship. I’m not opposed to bipartisanship in the abstract and there are times when compromise is preferable to not getting anything you wanted. But Barack Obama is trying to negotiate with people who are actively rooting for his presidency to fail. I’ve seen that clip of Mitch McConnell at a recent rally saying that he wants to see Obama fail and it makes me sick to see President Obama trying to make nice with someone like that. There are times when you can’t compromise with certain people–especially ones who are actively rooting for your destruction.

With the Democrats dominating the House and Senate and with an enthusiastic base of supporters, President Obama could’ve done what he said he wanted to do. When he tapped into his database of volunteers and supporters to create the Organizing for America group soon after his inauguration, I thought it was a great idea. His supporters could be used for a variety of activities and I saw its potential when President Obama asked those on the Organizing for America list to spend Martin Luther King holiday doing a day volunteer work for a non-profit group the the website even had a database of volunteer opportunities for people to get involved with. I remembered signing up for bringing grocies to a local food pantry that’s run by a local church.

But after the MLK holiday, the promise of the Obama Administration began to take a gradual turn. From hiring a Wall Street insider like Timothy Geitner to pushing forward health care reform without a public option to frequently reaching out to Republicans in the name of bipartisanship only to have the Republicans rebuke him over and over again, something went wrong with the administration.

And the Obama Administration has failed to utilize his Organizing for America supporters to do anything. It seemed like the Obama Administration was losing interest in doing anything innovative like FDR or JFK did with programs like the Civilian Conservation Corp. or the Peace Corp. President Obama seemed to be increasingly timid when it came to doing anything bold or innovative.

Well it looks like the Obama Administration finally hit a new low. President Obama had reached out to Republican lawmakers by breaking his promise regarding letting the original Bush tax cuts to the rich people expire. He decided to extend those tax cuts by another two years. At the same time he has announced a pay freeze for federal employees.

Well, I am now totally disillusioned. It’s bad enough that my husband, who works for NASA, will have his pay frozen. But what’s worse is that he extended tax cuts for the wealthy for another two years!

I was watching Ed Schultz’s show last night and he mentioned that he was watching the film Pearl Harbor on one of the cable channels and he said that there was a sense of shared sacrifice in the wake of that bombing. People from all income spectrums pulled together and willingly sacrificed the opportunity to make as much money as possible for a greater goal–making sure that the United States didn’t ultimately fall to the Axis power. Ed Schultz said that today he doesn’t see the same level of shared sacrifice from all income levels, meaning that the rich people are more concerned with being richer than with making necessary sacrifices to help this country.

I feel the same way. I wouldn’t mind my husband’s pay being frozen if the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy would expire and the wealthy would start paying more. But as it stands now, it’s not fair that federal government employees like my husband are expected to make sacrifices while the bankers and Wall Streeters are free to pay very low taxes while playing the stock market like a glorified version of Las Vegas–which is the very thing that got the global economy in a prolonged recession in the first place.

I’m at the point now where I’m starting to feel that President Obama will end up being a one-term president unless he totally gets his act together and start acting like the candidate he was in 2008. But yesterday I heard he did a press conference where he chastises the Democrats and progressives for their disapproval of his compromise. Yep, he had done a great job at alienating the same supporters who helped get him elected in the first place.

The only way I would even consider voting for him again would be if the Republicans nominate either Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich since those two would be far worse than Obama. But I’m not going to do any volunteer work to help him get re-elected unless he drops his obsession with bipartisanship, stop reaching out to Republicans who opposes everything he does because they want to see him fail, and start reaching out more to his base–the majority of Americans who voted him into office in the first place.

By the way, I’m not the only Obama supporter who’s disappointed with his recent actions. Check out this awesome special comment that Keith Olbermann did on his show last night.

Skull Art 7

Skull Art 7
Mixed-media (acrylic paint, computer graphics, and Shrinky Dinks plastic on canvas)
2.5 inches x 2.5 inches
6 cm x 6 cm

Skull Art 8

Skull Art 8
Mixed-media (acrylic paint, computer graphics, and Shrinky Dinks plastic on canvas)
2.5 inches x 2.5 inches
6 cm x 6 cm

Here are two more of the art pieces that will be on display at this upcoming art show in the near future. They are based on Mexican-style skulls that are displayed at the annual Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. With these two, I attempted a sly modern take on the skulls. Skull Art 7 features the most notorious line from the 1980’s film Wall Street in both Spanish ("La Avaricia es Buena") and English ("Greed is Good") and a bunch of logos from health insurance companies, Wall Street firms, and large banks. Skull Art 8 features logos from such well-known companies like ESPN, NBC, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Nike, CBS, ABC, Pepsi, Apple Computer, Starbucks, CNN, McDonald’s, Fox News, Twitter, and Google.

Each canvas was painted in a solid color in acrylic paint. I printed each skull out on special Shrinky Dinks plastic that was made for ink jet printers then baked it in an oven until it was small enough to fit on the canvas.

Wall Street Welfare Recipient

I was inspired to create this piece when the U.S. government bailed out several banks and Wall Street firms on the grounds that they were "too big to fail". I got the graphic from my collection of royalty-free clip art that’s produced by Dover Publishing. This piece of jewelry was composed in Adobe Photoshop then printed out on special Shrinky Dinks that was made for ink jet printers. It has a necklace loop and a pin backing so the owner has the option of wearing it as either a pin or a necklace.

If you like what you see in this blog, please feel free to check out my Etsy shop or my Zazzle shop, where I am adding new things all the time to both stores.

Wall Street Welfare Queen

The drawing is a cartoon that was drawn by famous artist Thomas Nast. Distressingly, this cartoon from the late 1800’s is as relevant today as it was back in Nast’s day.

Approximate size is about 2 inches x 2 inches (5 cm x 5 cm). There is a necklace loop at the top so you can add your favorite chain and a pin backing in case you want to wear it as a brooch.

If you like what you see in this entry, feel free to visit my Etsy shop.

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