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January 28, 2009

Obama Photoshopped or Drawn as Other Iconic People — A Collection

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Comedians still haven’t really figured out the best way to get at Barack Obama. Artists, photoshoppers and t-shirt manufacturers, on the other hand, have had a field day with the new President. From the stock Presidential comparisons to pop culture icons, Obama’s pretty much been drawn or photoshopped as every consequential figure in American history. Their purposes are different — some make historical references, others are satire from his detractors, and some just want to make him look cool. One thing’s for sure — the man is all things to all people. Check out our collection:

  • Obama Washington:
via:// Lalo Alcaraz
  • Lincoln:

  • FDR:
via:// TIME Magazine
  • JFK:
  • A frightening Obama-Bush-Cheney hybrid:

  • Uncle Barack:
  • Run DMC:
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  • Barack Obama Windu:
via:// Sebastian Niedlich’s Flickr
  • Obama Marley:
  • Obama as Kanye:
  • Alfred E. Obama:
via:// Mad Magazine
  • Airbama
via:// Robust Flavor
  • Obama Marlboro Man:
  • St. Obama of Assisi
  • Che:
  • Obama as Mr. T:
via:// Greg Bulmash
  • Obama Urkel:

via:// Greg Bulmash
  • Terminator:

  • Obama Zapata:
via:// Lalo Alcaraz
  • And, uhhh, just for good measure — Obama nude on a unicorn.
via:// Dan Lacey

Are we featuring your photo, uncredited, or know the source of an uncredited image? Let us know! We tried our best to track down all the original sources, but fell short on some of them.

More on Urlesque:

Barack Obama Nude On A Unicorn Victory Print by Dan Lacey

'Laughing Bush' President George W. Bush portrait painting art, by Dan Lacey

Sarah Palin pancake portrait painting, by Dan Lacey

Pope John Paul II pencil sketch drawing, by Dan Lacey


The Great Dan Lacey/Faithmouse Money Disappearing Trick


Please address email to ‘Dan Lacey artist.’

Pancake Art Alliance

Laughing President George W. Bush art portrait poster print  by Dan Lacey

Laughing Bush

by Dan Lacey

printed on large poster frame format
11 by 17” heavy 60 lb bond

hand signed and dated

shipped in a strong mailing tube

original ‘Faithmouse’ cartoon
included with every order!

Only 20 small dollars

Glen Kerslake is a friend of Dorothy Finley, and her interviewer! StoryCorps is in Southern Arizona
The StoryCorps mobile radio booth is now in Tucson and Dorothy Finley was there the first day for her interview by friend, Glen Kerslake.

What is StoryCorps?

StoryCorps’ mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. Sponsored by National Public Radio and affiliated with the Library of Congress, StoryCorps was established to create an oral history of regular citizens, allowing everyday people to preserve personal stories for their own families, and for future generations to hear. Since 2003, over 35,000 everyday people have shared life stories with family and friends in our StoryBooths. Millions listen to our broadcasts on public radio and the web. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.

StoryCorps mobile recording booth

Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the Library of Congress. Participants reserve an hour-long recording session at the StoryBooth, where they can interview relatives, friends, or members of their community. At the end of the session, participants receive a CD to take home, and, with their permission, a copy will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps airs Friday mornings on KUAZ 89.1 FM and 1550AM.

To request an interview with StoryCorps go online or call 1-800-850-4406.

The StoryCorps mobile radio booth is located at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library – Jacome Plaza (101 N. Stone Ave., with parking in the library parking garage with the entrance on Alameda St. West of Stone Ave.) from December 4 through the 21st and again from January 5 through 17. Interview times will be from 10:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 on Saturday and Sunday.

Community Organizations interested in partnering with Arizona Public Media for a StoryCorps project, contact Community Events Coordinator for Arizona Public Media, at 626-3383 or
email Erin Deely

Tucson Festival of Books Tucson Festival of Books
March 14-15 2009 |

Get ready for Tucson’s first Festival of Books – a weekend celebration of some of the literary world’s best minds. Meet more than 325 authors, including Elmore Leonard (“Mr. Paradise” and “Get Shorty”) and The New York Times best selling mystery writer, J.A. Jance.

The festival includes an estimated 325 authors, 200 exhibitors and 15 stage areas and numerous acitvities.

  • Lectures, interviews and book signings with local, regional and nationally known authors
  • Workshops for aspiring authors
  • Writing contests, including readings by the winner of the Arizona Daily Star’s International Short Story Contest
  • Poetry readings
  • Book reviews and panel discussions
  • Children’s author appearances, interactive stage presentations, children’s area, storytelling and arts and crafts activities
  • Book sales

Arizona Public Media® is the major broadcast media sponsor for this event, and will be highlighted in the Culinary Area, along with demonstrations from local and national chefs.

Tucson Festival of Books is designed to promote a region-wide public celebration of reading and literacy and is supported by The University of Arizona, the business community, reading and literacy groups, and tourism/economic development organizations.

Save the date for the first Tucson Festival of Books – March 14 and 15 at the University of Arizona. It’s free and open to the public. Tickets are also available for an evening of cocktails, dinner and lively conversation with Festival authors on Friday night, March 13, 2009.

Writer – Hubert Selby Jr

January 12, 2009


bleak and violent world that was part of his youth. He stated, “I write, in part, by ear. I hear, as well as feel and see, what I am writing. I have always been enamoured with the music of the speech in New York.”[3] In style, Selby also differed from other writers. He was not concerned with proper grammar, punctuation, or diction, although Selby’s work is internally consistent; he uses the same unorthodox techniques in most of his works. He indented his paragraphs with alternating lengths, often by simply dropping down one line when he was finished with a paragraph. Like Jack Kerouac‘s “spontaneous prose”, Selby’s writing was often completed in a fast, stream of consciousness style, and to facilitate this he replaced his apostrophes with forward slashes “/” due to their closer proximity on his typewriter, thus allowing uninterrupted typing. He did not use quotation marks, and his dialogue might consist of a complete paragraph, with no denotion among alternating speakers. His prose was stripped down, bare and blunt.

His experience with longshoremen, the homeless, thugs, pimps, transvestites, prostitutes, queers, addicts and the overall poverty-stricken community, is best expressed in his most praised work, Last Exit to Brooklyn.

Mary Amor

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Mary Amor is a photographer with an excellent sense of linear composition, and human form and emotion. What sets her work apart is her ability to combine these distinct qualities, and explore human relationships to these geometric, and rectilinear spaces. Be sure to check out both her site, and flickr photostream!

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Artist – Donghyun Son

January 10, 2009

Artist Donghyun Son has opened up a new chapter in Oriental painting through a special melding of traditional Korean portrait techniques and mass cultural popular icons. His art show takes place from November 13 through December 20. Son has presented representations of popular character images such as Batman, Robocop, and Shrek in a Korean portrait style, and the logo type series created from the union of traditional Chinese character painting (a pictorial representation of Chinese characters making up the Confusion code of ethics) and logo brands such as Nike, Burger King, and Starbucks.

He metaphorically represents the limits of Oriental painting as a genre in contemporary art – an area in which classification of mediums and styles have already been broken down – identifying it with the loss of Korean culture’s identity and the dominance of American culture. There are many similar paintings rendered by Oriental painting artists; Son’s work, however, is distinguished from others in that he has maintained an attitude that incessantly explores new subjects and makes tireless efforts to reflect upon the spirit of our times. In this show Son presents 24 new pieces of a symbolic figure who governed his childhood days as a musical icon. The show, titled KING, is filled with portrayals of Michael Jackson, done in portraiture. The artist says a turning point in Michael Jackson’s career was the year 1989, when Elizabeth Taylor called him the ‘king of pop, rock and soul’ at the award ceremony for Artist of the Decade. It was then Jackson became a king, coronated by a queen of the entertainment world; this is poignant, considering that in 1989 kings of social rank no longer existed. Son explains this artistic choice as follows:

“Even when toddling, Michael Jackson was loved for his beautiful voice. Since then, he has ceaselessly changed himself, longing for more love from the public, and has changed his attitude toward music and the world. As such, his appearance has transformed also. He got lost in these excessive changes and eventually misled himself. On second thought, considering that he has pursued the public’s desire only, his transformed appearance is simply a mirror reflecting their twisted desire.”

Unlike his previous work addressing each character, these recent works unfold a longer narrative with only portraits of Michael Jackson. Son seems to consider Michael Jackson a sole figure who represents a half-century history of mass culture from 1960 to 2000. Jackson himself is a mirror reflecting an age and a living history, inspiring a new era. In KING series, the artist attempts a new change in many ways, employing new themes and subject matter. While in his previous work Son alluded to an irony in which the signifier clashes with the signified, in this series he highlights portraiture itself. Another eye-catching object in his work is the chair Jackson is seated on. Michael Jackson in his work sits on a chair in costumes and poses we probably saw on his music albums or in videos. Classified into two styles, the chairs stand for a turning point in which Jackson referred to himself as a king.

Since then, his stage action and costumes gradually became more authoritative, as if to show the dignity of a king. In Son’s portraits Michael Jackson before 1989 was seated on a chair with a tiger-skin cushion while his appearance after 1989 was seated on a red royal chair. Upon closer examination, Michael Jackson whose skin is still dark sits on a chair with stripes in a slanted position. He seems to sing a song over the microphone or sits in a dignified mien with his arms folded. After he became a king, Jackson whose skin completely changed into that of a white man sits on a king’s chair with golden details on a red background in a supremely confident attitude.

“The reason why we look back on Michael Jackson now is not because he is either a record breaker or a scandal maker but because his music shows how popular music has met fashion, video, attitude, and even science. Nowadays, Michael Jackson is regarded as a tragic star who shined the world for a while but soon falls down. A large number of youngsters, however, strive to take the ‘trail of becoming a king in mass culture’ Michael Jackson carved. As all history did, the history of Michael Jackson will repeat again and again in the history of mass culture.”

Entering the gallery, viewers may experience a time travel going back to Michael Jackson’s childhood days when he debuted as a black kid from his heyday as a king or an icon of mass culture. Through the images of Michael Jackson who was considered a great king of mass culture and discarded by the public, Donghyun Son provides viewers with an opportunity to think over once again a wide variety of issues and feelings we face in our times.

Donghyun Son – KING


January 10, 2009