This image was inspired by a free Breadley Manning protest I participated in. We were a small group of about 20-30 peaceful protesters met by an overkill of riot police. We dissipated peacefully to avoid arrest but the image of facing against a roll of riot police remained in my mind.
For those not familiar with Bradley Manning, he was the one who leaked the Collateral Murder video to Wikileaks. The video details the slaughter of innocent Iraqi civilians and journalists by American soldiers. Amongst the injured were 2 children whose father was killed. When the journalists' families asked about how they were killed, they were lied to. For revealing the true casualties of war, Manning was put into solitary confinement and tortured without trial. Learn more and support the cause at [link]
Very good, and revealing artwork. As increasingly tyrannic the United States is becoming however, unfortunately this barbaric abuse of "authority" is becoming worse in all corners of the globe. I'm sure you already know this, but here are a few links from sources Corbett Report & Larken Rose to help understand this further, and perhaps what to do about it.
Would you be offended if I told you that I'm actually a military veteran and I approve your message? A lot of soldiers are coming back very dissappointed with the police state. Because it looks like an occupied country. They just came back from an occupied country! Why would they want to see it home? You can still be loyal to the good people you served with in the army, and the army values and be angry with what leaders have done. With thier abuse of soldiers, the fact that they could have avoided some casualties (including our own soldiers') but chose not to. The fact that so many older higher ranking officers get away with sexual assault because all the other older officers feel sympathy for them. Yeah, I had a paralegal that was a friend in the army. That's the one thing that pissed him off most, was that so many older men got away with sexual assault because of time and rank. Meanwhile, if one of us lower enlisted simply got in a fight, a DUI, or disrespected somebody, it was hell to pay. Not that I'm for fighting, dui, or disrespect, but still. To many whiners being punished like rapists and too many rapists being punished like whiners. And we all get fucked by the big green camo weanie. I got tired of some of my fellow soldiers when we were in Afghanistan. I made a point to be nice to my Afghans I was gaurding (they were working on FOB Lagman). Me? I only yelled at them once because I thought we were about to have a damn wreck. Other times I told them "good job" and 99% of the time I shared my food with them. And they shared it back. Some people said I was too nice. Then this toxic troublemaker comes along, who used to be my friend, and he starts mistreating the Afghans. He starts yelling at them and hitting them just because he can. It's not the worst possible thing (Rarity pulls out a couch) but it's damn unbecoming. It is so sad and pathetic. So weak. Ya know, we're here to win hearts and minds, and when you act like dicks to arabs for no reason, you prove all our enemies right. People started taking bets on which asshole would get the columbine treatment for being such an asshole to people. Damn Kim, we have enough terrorists. We don't need more. We're taking bets on you getting shot. I'm not ashamed of being in the army. The experience opened my eyes to things that are going on. I wasn't combat, I didn't get shot at. I was an intel weanie. But I learned things. Not classified things. Things about life. Things that taught me how to be loyal to America as an idea, not a government. Loyal to the army as an idea, the values, not as an organization. Loyal to myself not like I'm perfect, but that I need to know the truth. I'm not ashamed of my battle buddies. And I used to like the police. But a lot of soldiers and veterans are waking up to the evils of the police state. We're being taken over, on multiple fronts. Veterans have a reason to hate the police state, because not only does the police state pick on them after they served their country, they are put on the terror watch list along with muslims, homeless people, certain Christians, and homeschooled kids. Anyone they think will be political dissenters. I do NOT like the existence of FEMA camps. Something very sinister is happening to the country. I'm not above believing that the reason why the police have become so mean and militarized, why the government gutted gear and equiptment from the military and gave it over to the police? I think we might be being invaded, and the invaders are invading us through the police force. That would explain the sudden rise in numbers, military gear, and hostility. Somebody prophesied the UN or whoever would invade the US while American soldiers were an ocean away in one mideast war after another. This was 20 years ago. It seems true. And that same government that supplies stuff to the police supplies weapons to ISIS and to Drug Cartels. I'm not picking on Obama, this has been happening for a long damn time. Divide and conquer? The fact that the police have also been having cross training with military, including Israel, who as we know isn't the most ethical country and has been known to stab America in the back? Yeah, ya wanna know what all those dollars we send them does? They send IDF to cross train and "Israelify" our police to be extra brutal, paranoid, and trigger happy. Isn't that unconstitutional? I call treason, and having the person brought to justice as such. I know you might feel like because I was raised christian, lean conservative, served in the army....I'm part of the problem. But things change. Unlike others who have similar beliefs to mine, I hate the police staet and I hate Israel, for what they've done to the American people, both civilian and military. I don't even think most of the police are native born Americans. You decide for yourselves. But the militarization of the police, the arming of terrorists and drug cartels, the purchase of ammunition, coffins and FEMA camps? Something dark is about to happen in our country. Thank you for protesting. Could I use these drawings as my background on facebook?
Wow... You know... I live in Russia. And today is a hard time for my country. That's not because of economic crisis, conflict in Ukraine or your, western folks, sanctions. That's because we are wasting our freedom: a freedom of speech, partially a freedom of business and we barely keep a freedom of think. We have rulers who looks like leaders but actually they lead us the way we didn't ask them to lead. Most of us didn't ask them to lead us at all. But the most horrible thing about all that is that actually nobody cares. At least, it looks like that. Even I, a man who thinks he has an open mind, never been in any kind of protest. Maybe that's because I feel fear. But mostly my stirring life don't let me do something that society needs from me. I bet that describes anyone in my country except maybe a couple thousands of people in all the country. So... Your work... It's inspiring. Thank you for that. And keep it that way. From Russia with respect.
Although I am ignorant of the context, I find something beautiful in both of these pictures. So I fave them both because they're beautiful, and comment on them both with the same comment because I'm lazy.
i know this is from your comic and whatnot but every time i see those three words in anyone of your pieces i get chills. they are just three little words yet they are so deep and added with your art its even better i cant even explain how i feel about them. your work is amazingly breathtaking and meaningful i look forward to more of your art. btw if i saw this as a poster in a store i would totally rip it off the wall and take it home
The last time a person did this in my country, he was shot in the head infront of all the people protesting (thousands). It happened alot during the the protest which is in its 3rd year now (yeah it never stops) but yours remind with one of them specifically cause it was close to where I live.
I cannot decide which of the two versions is better. o.o;
I love the night version because it gives a sense of hopelessness and finality... and maybe even despair that the final act was for nothing - while the day version almost gives a hopefulness to the ending, whereas he's about to go down, but something else will rise up to replace him, maybe even stronger. o.o;
Anyway, beautifully done pieces, love them both equally. Just the same amazing work you always create.
I don't think it's the country you hate. I think it's the government. America, as a whole, has been torn apart by political views. And wasn't it George Washington himself who said that political parties would destroy this country? Look at how right he's been so far. Hopefully one day people will look back on this once Obama's out of office and not make the same mistakes again. In fact, it wasn't the majority vote that caused him to win again this time round; he would have lost if we went by popular vote. It was all the people who didn't vote at all, thinking that if they didn't vote they wouldn't have to deal with the consequences. And now we're paying for their mistakes. That is how this country has fallen so far. There was a man -- can't remember his name -- who said that for the first term "Obama has been on his best behavior to make sure he wins again" and now "we're seeing the real man". And there was another guy -- can't remember his name either -- who said that "[Obama] tried [to destroy this country]. He just didn't try hard enough". But -- and I speak as a Christian here and I don't give a shit about whether you believe in God or not -- if God wanted this country to break apart completely he would have let the British win. That's my view on it.
Sure, we have fat-asses making thousands for doing nothing while our military hardly makes anything at all, and it's come to the point where we are bordering socialism, but I'm proud to be an American. At least here I'm free to do as I please. I'm just not proud of my government.
Yuusei, I apologize if I have offended you in any way with my political views and if you wish to hide this comment you may. It's your decision, and I respect that.
Ah! What's this? An individual on the internet who actually respects other people's opinions!
Thank you for not being one of those mindless fools. To rephrase my statement, I hate the government. The government is evil and twisted. But you're right, this is an alright county. Thank you for being respectful. c: I just hate being looked down upon by my family in Germany only because I live here.
Thank you for respecting the fact that I respect other people's opinions :3
That's gotta suck, coming from your own family. That's basically the same as them disowning you, if you think about it. Or at least that's how I see it. I wouldn't do that to any member of my family just because they lived in a country that I didn't like (granted, I will say I'm not exactly proud of my French roots from my mother's mother's side...you know, the whole WWII thing with them handing over their Jews to Germany. Yeah. Not proud of that. One of my best friends is Jewish). But anyway, you know, no hating going on here. I am perfectly tolerant of homosexuals and bisexuals -- just don't put them in my manga and we'll be fine -- because a lot of my friends are bisexual. I just don't like it when the media crams it down my throat. So yeah, rights for homos and bis will not be affecting my voting side, unlike a lot of people (I heard a lot of people voted for Obama just because he promised marriage rights for homosexuals. I don't think that's a good way to go).
Anyway, I just hope people will look back on this period and learn from their mistakes, because that's why history keeps repeating itself: assholes don't listen!