Something about this story really touches me. I've always been a fan of both Wyclef and Jimmy DiResta's work, and there's just something about the two of them talking about revolution that just presses all my buttons.
While guns, Glocks or otherwise, are not necessarily masculine and a topic for ManMade, the genres in which is so often appears - nearly every crime film, ganster lore, hip-hop lyrics - certainly cross our paths from time to time. And supposedly the standard issue service weapon for two-thirds of U.S. police forces.
So, the real question is...why? What about the glock allowed it to permiate into Hollywood films and rap lyrics? Do actually criminals prefer the glock, or is it just the fictional imagination?
I don't care how old you get...you're never too old for a Nerf gun. Or a squirt gun, but that's different post.
The appeal, of course, is not that it's a gun, where you can work out aggression or make a statement on the person you're shooting, but that it's simply a way to engage your friends or family from across the room. It's like tossing a ball at them, or throwing a grape high in the air for them to catch in their mouth.
And when you're older, then you can do all kinds of fun stuff with 'em, like make this crazy beast.
Talk about the creative process...
Walt Creel creates original artwork with a deadly weapon. The Birmingham, Alabama-based artist uses a .22-caliber rifle to make pointilist portraits of southern wildlife onto 4x6-foot aluminum panels.
"My main goal was to take the destructive power away from the gun. To manipulate the gun into a tool of creation and use it in a way that removed it from its original purpose, to deweaponize it."
Click through to see how it works:
I have a bit of a conundrum: I'm really uncomfortable with guns. I only shot one once, when I was 23, at a friend's farm. With all the proper safety precautions, he taught me a bit about shooting clay pigeons, launched one into the air, and I actually hit it.
And that was enough. I never want to shoot, or even touch, a gun again.
And yet, I love to throw, fling, and launch stuff at my friends. Weird, huh?
Squirting someone with the garden hose will: 1) never stop being fun, and 2) never stop being funny. The mantra "its only water" can aid in getting away with a lot, no? Imagine how much MORE fun it would be to soak your mates with a water pistol with an infinite reservoir and gusto for days.
ManMade is not even a month old yet, but we're thrilled to have so many of you interacting with us and letting us know what you think.
So, to say thanks, we're offering a free poster that you can download [PDF] and print off at home!