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May. 17, 2012 at 6:33am

253 Gun Hoodie Aims Low

Republic of 253's endearing 253 Heart is all the rage when it comes to our hardscrabble area taking ownership and showing some pride. It's, rightly so, all over as stickers on water bottles, rear windshields, and printed on clothes -- it's a fantastic symbol. But, to dawn my RR Anderson-esque art critique, anti-hugpile hat for just a moment, their latest design shoots completely in the opposite direction.


Maybe it's a symbol that reaches into a market that wants to represent our particular area code without dawning a sissy heart. I'm not at all a fan of glorifying Tacoma's violent past or guns in general and am sad to see something come from a shop that made popular such a positive image via the heart.

Aside from that, from a purely artistic perspective, it's just too hard to read. This particular design is far more gun than it is 253 and legibility of what the point is only makes sense if it's across the front of your chest. Overall, I'm excited to see some new design come from the Republic of 253 but, compared to the heart, it's going to be a hard love to live up to.

What do you think? Is the new 253 gun hoodie edgy or insulting?

comments [100]  |  posted under art, critique, review, tacoma, violence

Comments

by wildcelticrose on 5/17/2012 @ 6:41am
I had to pay very close attention to read the 253 (as far as I'm concerned,this is a good thing) so that's "artistic" fail.

as a lover of Tacoma and a resident of the Hilltop who works hard to keep it safe, I do not appreciate the imagery at all. "marketing" fail.

and, it's just plain ugly, "fashion" fail.

So with 3/3 scores firmly in the "fail" category.

this gets a big fat FAIL.

On a side note, what were these guys thinking?


by cisserosmiley on 5/17/2012 @ 7:19am
I attribute things like this to folks who are too young to have lived here in the 80's, moved here later, or are dumb.

by fredo on 5/17/2012 @ 7:24am
People will take their hard earned money and purchase a garment that makes them look like a punk?

by kmckinney on 5/17/2012 @ 7:42am
Dislike

by CaptainBritton on 5/17/2012 @ 7:45am
I doubt any of us are the intended audience...But yeah, I'm not a fan.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 8:02am
money money money! a fool and his money.

anyway it's a telephone area code for crumb sake!

tool symbol!

by fredo on 5/17/2012 @ 8:07am
There isn't 1 person in 100 who would notice that 253 thingee in the design and there isn't 1 person in a 1000 who wants to get within a block of anybody wearing this hoodie. Maybe the humane society could buy a box of them and give one away with every pit bull adoption.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 8:07am
EVEN SO, GET the 253 GUN SHIRT THAT IS A PARITY OF DUMB T-TOWN SHIRTS! ONE TACOMA SHIRT TO RULE THEMALL !!!!


www.holisticforgeworks.com/store/#tee-sh...

by The Jinxmedic on 5/17/2012 @ 8:09am
Bwahahahaha! No seriously, FAIL.

by Keeper on 5/17/2012 @ 8:14am
I'm a big gun fan and proponent of gun rights. But this new logo is just dumb. This logo glorifies violence more than pride for the 253. Having pride in a particular brand of firearm (i.e. Walther or Winchester) is one thing. But just to promote guns in general in an area code is simply classless.

That, added to the fact that it's near impossible to recognize the "253" in the artwork makes this a major fail.

by jenyum on 5/17/2012 @ 8:14am
This is just bad.

by ixia on 5/17/2012 @ 8:15am
print an NRA logo on it as well and there will be market (think Parkland Wall-Mart parking lot)

by cisserosmiley on 5/17/2012 @ 8:16am
Bonney Lake, Gig Harbor, Puyallup & University Place are hard places and gun apparel with their area code represents them well.

by fredo on 5/17/2012 @ 8:16am
The way to improve this shirt is to add the following slogan under the gun:

"I'm not Fat, I'm Pregnant"

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 8:35am
maybe this is a Travon Martin thing?

by seejane on 5/17/2012 @ 8:53am
I agree with Ixia. But I'm wondering why the screen print covers the zipper.

by The Jinxmedic on 5/17/2012 @ 8:56am
'Cause it's fake, of course.

by SC B on 5/17/2012 @ 9:04am
Poor at best. I'm surprised these are even being sold to represent the 253. Think McFly...Think!

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 9:16am
there is a bulls eye target on the back for Zimmerman types?

by scubiedoo on 5/17/2012 @ 9:17am
If the shoe fits...

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 9:36am


too much?

by Jesse on 5/17/2012 @ 9:43am
Is this what you want to represent the 253? A gun? Negative stereotype perpetuator!

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 9:49am
never too late for the 253 boner


by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 10:59am
Travon Martin? you know the kid who was just gunned down for wearing a hoodie and buying skittles ?

The mayor was just sporting a hoodie on her facebook picture for crying out loud. This is their next design? Jesus Christ how can they make it more 'edgy' ? Why not name this hoodie "the kopkilla" ?

sometimes artists can be idiots. what's why we have civilization to call 'em out. see it's the back and forth between the camps that is interesting. Way to be Kevin!

by KevinFreitas on 5/17/2012 @ 11:43am
You're my inspiration, RR. #hugpile

by jenyum on 5/17/2012 @ 12:23pm
This, kids, is why we can't have nice things.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 12:53pm
#fb comment of the day: "Puyallup, Gig Harbor & Bonney Lake have asked tacomanians to stop defiling their area code."

by Thorax O'Tool on 5/17/2012 @ 12:55pm
The "Defend Tacoma" shirt with the AK-47 was humorous.
I'm not feeling that vibe from this hoodie.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 1:53pm
this just in!



Looks great! Me personally, I'm all done with 253 pride so I made this one last year, "turd53"

Josh Casey


by jenyum on 5/17/2012 @ 2:05pm
I could see this on a banner. Puget Sound Starts Here! Scoop your poop.

by debivans on 5/17/2012 @ 2:42pm
The 253 area code went into service on April 27, 1997, as part of a three-way split of area code 206. There are pot holes and garage bands with more Tacoma history than this dumb area code. Heart or gun, I don't care for either. The heart is cheesy but the gun is awful. It's just stupid. I do like the "T-Town" moniker, I think it has a nice ring to it.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 2:52pm
agreed we should call the 253 sticker what it is: Daniel Blue's gift to Tacoma

by The Jinxmedic on 5/17/2012 @ 2:59pm
And by "gift", you actually mean "gift", right?

by fredo on 5/17/2012 @ 3:36pm
I know that 253 is the area code for a lot of people in town. What I don't know is why this is of so much importance to so many people. Comments?

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 3:41pm
why don't people make stickers with their whole telephone numbers?

by KevinFreitas on 5/17/2012 @ 3:48pm
@fredo: Why is what of so much importance? The "253" area code or the critique of the art in question in my original post?

by The Jinxmedic on 5/17/2012 @ 3:55pm
Might as well do a nostalgic "I was at the 1989 Ash Street Hilltop Crips / Army Rangers shootout and all I got was this lousy hoodie" printed sweatshirt.

by fredo on 5/17/2012 @ 3:58pm
KF @Yes, the 253 area code is what I am asking about. I see it on all these t shirts and stickers and art work and what have you. Why is this number such a big deal?

jinx@, like your hoodie idea. let's see a design for that.

by Thorax O'Tool on 5/17/2012 @ 3:59pm
@ Jinx:
Yeah, I lived a couple blocks from there at the time. I might have been 7, but that sh*t was SCARY.

by Thorax O'Tool on 5/17/2012 @ 4:08pm
In regards to the area code:

It's not so much about history or that. It's an ownership, a pride thing. There basically are 2 area codes out WA's 5 that are pretty much single-city centric. 206 is Seattle and a couple of other geographically close locales. 253 is Tacoma and a couple of other close locales. That isn't the case for 360, 509 or 425. Those all cover much more area and more cities. Prime example is 425 that covers both Everett and Bellevue, which happen to be rather close in size.
If one was to make a bunch of heart-425 gear, it isn't clear as to where they are referencing. With 206 and 253 it's MUCH more obvious. Therefore it is pretty natural to use our area code as a shorthand for "Tacoma Pride".

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 4:20pm
the fb thread on the 253 boner helped me think of this...



for the ladies. HANDS OFF!

by fredo on 5/17/2012 @ 4:34pm
Thanks Thorax. I guess we're lucky that the 253 area code sort of coincides with the city of Tacoma. Imagine those poor schmucks who have the 360 area code. They are destined to a lifetime of sitting around feeling sorry for themselves and being jealous of us.

by Thorax O'Tool on 5/17/2012 @ 4:40pm
Not really. They just have to use something different to clarify their intent. Most of the people I know from Olympia use "Oly" as their preferred shorthand.

This isn't about this or that being better than one or the other, jealousy or arrogance. It's just an explanation as to why "253" has come to mean something other than just an area code.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 4:45pm
they have to make the 360 gun.

by Erik on 5/17/2012 @ 5:01pm
The more 253 designs the better!

As for the 253 gun hoodie, not all 253 designs are necessarily going to work or be appropriate. Anyone doing anything of significance is going to have some fails along the way to success. I too don't like branding Tacoma with images of guns, it plays on a bad stereotype of the city like Tacoma Aroma.

Some designs look better on the wearer than others:







I like the 253 branding campaign on the whole. Here is the last 253 shirt that was a prize at Frost Park a few years ago from Urban Xchange:



An original coat made by a Motopony player:



The solution to questionable 253 art is more (and perhaps better) 253 art!

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 7:13pm


some anonymous trickster left this tacked to my front door.


by JesseHillFan on 5/17/2012 @ 7:59pm
I don't know the only firearms I ever had were a couple of select fire
AK-47's one with a wood stock which I liked the best and one with a folding stock (didn't like it as much didn't seem as stable or as accurate on automatic fire as the wood stock one).The wood stock AK-47 also had a nice little cleaning kit in the rear of the stock.Liked the Bayonet too as these are useful. Anyway these were just fun little plinkers and not something truly lovable or actually useful as a M2 Browning Machine Gun (.50 caliber) which is somewhat potent against an armed enemy.Anything less than a .50 BMG cartridge is just a plinker.Hand guns just don't have much appeal for me though I do like some suppressed
low caliber ones.One of my favorites is not actually a firearm hand gun but rather a sub miniaturized electromagnetic coil rail gun in a pistol configuration which propelled accurately a shellfish toxin dart smaller than a sewing needle over 100 yards.
It was developed for possible assassination purposes and called the non discernible micro bio innoculator developed by the CIA.
Of course one of those would be kinda hard to obtain.Such a device of course is impossible to merely wound and it definitely will off someone in about twenty seconds after being hit by the micro projectile.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 8:08pm
and there you go. I believe this thread has made a complete story arc. one for the history books really.

by 253heart on 5/18/2012 @ 12:23am
Keep Talking Boys. We Haven't Even Started.

by debivans on 5/18/2012 @ 12:41am
Whatever happened to some early '90s slogans like "Tacoma..the reason I drink" and "Visualize Tacoma". I liked the visualize bumpersticker because I thought it was supposed to be ironic. The hipsters that adorned their band vans with it were actually fine with Tacoma being the throw down, twist off, blue collar, got a carton of cigarettes for xmas from the old man, hesherville it was.

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 12:52am
ATTENTION, ATTENTION PEOPLE OF REPUBLIC 253 and IN PARTICULAR MR. Steve Naccarato WHO INSISTS I APOLOGIZE FOR MAKING THE SUGGESTION THAT ONE SHOULD MAKE A DECAL STICKER TO REPRESENT THE CHILD PORN PROBLEM INFESTING THE 253 AREA CODE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE NEW 253 GLOCK PISTOL HOODIE DESIGN. PRETTY BOILER PLATE KING OF METHLEHEM PROBLEMS FOR THE 253 HERE... GUNS, METH, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. I PERSONALLY DO NOT BELIEVE ANY OF THESE THINGS DESERVE TO BE GLORIFIED IN A HOODIE DESIGN, BUT THAT IS JUST MY HUMBLE OPINION AS A JERK AND ANNOYING GADFLY POLITICAL CARTOONIST. IF YOU WANT TO WALK AROUND WITH A GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF NON SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO "GUNS" ON YOUR CHEST THAT IS YOUR RIGHT AS AN AMERICAN LIVING UNDER THE PLIGHT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I AM MAKING THIS SINCERE APOLOGY IN GOOD FAITH WITH MR. NACCARATO WHO WILL NOT "TELL MY FRIENDS" ALL KINDS OF HORRIBLE THINGS I'VE DONE TO ALL KINDS OF BELOVED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THUS BREAK THE HYPNOTIC SPELL I HAVE CAST ON NORMAL PEOPLE WITH MY OBNOXIOUS 'TACOMIC CARTOONS' WHICH LETS FACE IT HARDLY ANYONE READS ANYWAY. IN CONCLUSION: PEACE TO THE 253 STICKER RETAILERS AND ALL ART ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THIS GOOD LAND COVERED BY AN ABSTRACT TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION CONCEPT THAT IS TWO FIVE THREEEEEEEEEEE! i'm sorry!

by 253heart on 5/18/2012 @ 1:42am
whoever came up with this should be spat upon.....and then told they are naughty. A naughty, naughty boy.

Or girl.

by debivans on 5/18/2012 @ 1:51am
So now over on FB the Republic of 253 has started to threaten a certain local political cartoonist with weird ghost taunts and something to do with mountain climbing and even used a bad word. Very professional. Wit as sharp as my bowling ball.

by JesseHillFan on 5/18/2012 @ 2:00am
Why not some cute nuclear ordnance schematic designs on a t shirt or laser weaponry,sighting system designs or microwave weaponry designs on t-shirts.Why primitive weaponry (firearms) ?
You could even expand it by circuitry designs for specialized pulsed power supplies or even neutron guns used for nuclear weapons.How about advertisement for Beryllium reflectors.
I like (and have used) LASER weapons personally and often.
Firearms are like the weapons used by the Gorillas in the Planet of the Apes.

by 253heart on 5/18/2012 @ 2:35am
Kevin?...we don't do water bottles btw. Pfft.

by 253heart on 5/18/2012 @ 2:42am
RR, the only one to ever be under any kind of masterbatory spell of your cartoons is yourself. And your hallucinations and fixations toward me and/or all things 253heart, well...there's professional help just around the corner son.

by scubiedoo on 5/18/2012 @ 7:33am
*golf clap* to the entire topic.

At least people care.

I will wear my glock hoodie all over Bonney Lake. Maybe even gain 80 lbs and start hanging out at Wal*Mart.


Nah.. I'll just wear it because I like it.. and stay on the Target side of 410.

:)

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 8:21am
my 253 heart is 253 heart broken

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 8:29am
THE HIGH BROW www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=39346748...

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 9:21am
Republic 253 should donate proceeds of this hoodie to the Crystal Judson Domestic Violence Family Shelter and maybe the Lakewood Police officer's kids college fund (that was looted by Lakewood police treasurer 'Skeeter' btw). Honestly what were they thinking?

by CaptainBritton on 5/18/2012 @ 9:40am
I think anyone can produce art if they want to of any kind. The second it is pre-ordered, printed, shipped, sold, stored, hung on a rack with twelve just like it, it's a product...It bothers me that the business owner is trying to say this is artistic expression. If that's truly the case then you only need to produce one hoodie.

This is no different from selling any other legal product, the difference is that the community has accepted the 253 moniker as a symbol, and therefore the citizenry has a right to reject that new symbol.

I'm tired of "253"...We need new ideas, not cheesy old ones anyway. If we do have a new 253, I vote for the uterus one. Life is better than death anyway, every time.

by cisserosmiley on 5/18/2012 @ 9:51am
Admit it Tacoma, you're beautiful!

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 10:02am
the 253 GUN has the power to take life... remove life.. the 253 IN UTERO has the power TO CREATE LIFE !


by scubiedoo on 5/18/2012 @ 10:03am
an XS women's DEFEND TAGRO shirt can also create life.

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 2:13pm
I've never been threatened with violence before (well almost never) so today's chalk off was extra weird!

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 2:13pm
all over a silly hoodie for god sakes.

by CaptainBritton on 5/18/2012 @ 2:18pm
"It won't be me, but someone is gonna smash your head against this wall"...Yeah, that went too far for me too. Glad to see it never gets far with CB and K-to-th-F at your back. Represent!!! (striking hard-core, silly-fake looking hand sign across my cool Frost Park Chalk-Off shirt).

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 2:21pm
Go Team Venture!

by KevinFreitas on 5/18/2012 @ 2:52pm
My note to Steve Naccarato re: RR Anderson as an open letter for artists in this town to be open to critique and cool with it -- even when the critique itself might be considered performance art. Part of art growing up in Tacoma is putting the big-boy/girl pants on and realizing that art released into the world is up open to the subjective.

***

Hey Steve, thanks for the note and for all the great art you're putting into the world. Though not a fan of the 253 gun I wore my awesome orange 253 heart t-shirt just yesterday. Art is what it is and the subjective nature of it all is one of my favorite things because, no matter what anyone thinks, everyone's right.

Aside from that, RR is a character and a talented artist himself. Knowing him online is to know only a small fraction of who he is. Among other things he's a great husband, father to an awesome 4 year old, and a damn decent guy. He's often outrageous in his art and online and definitely pushes buttons and boundaries.

That being said, I don't think he slandered your brand comparing the image of gun violence that might come from the 253 gun hoodie design to other well-known problems in this area like meth production and addiction and child porn. Like art, issues like these ring differently with different people. I personally count gun violence right up there issues of child pornography, domestic violence, and drug addiction and totally understand his comparison in the context he laid out.

I don't think the depiction in your product directly encourages gun violence just like I don't think RR's comparison of the importance of such an image to child pornography or meth is a direct slander on your company or it's brand. Like I said, if that's your concern, gun imagery itself may stand as just as strong and bitter an image in a product for some people as these other issues.

I hope you keep up the great work overall and that, in the future, critique (constructive or otherwise) of art in Tacoma continues and everyone enjoys it as an exercise in a civil society where, truly, the heart of the 253 thrives.

~ Kevin Freitas

by JesseHillFan on 5/18/2012 @ 3:24pm
RR if you ever have an problems with someone threatening violence
(not cool,nor a smart thing at all to do) contact me and whomever creates problems will themselves have more problems then they can ever possibly deal with.First of all someone carry a camera with you to get a photograph (for identification purposes) of the individual making threats.
Those people can be dealt with to correct their misbehavior.
Also it's a criminal act to making threats of bodily harm.

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 3:41pm


this is absurd. a hoodie!

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 3:52pm
thats OK JHF, I can run pretty fast If I get in a pickle.

by JesseHillFan on 5/18/2012 @ 4:45pm
Now here
www.thenewstribune.com/2012/05/18/214996...

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2012 @ 5:06pm
noice

by camp666 on 5/18/2012 @ 6:44pm
this thread is infinite LOLZ.

by camp666 on 5/18/2012 @ 6:45pm
oh, also- Trolololol......

www.camp666.com/twofivethree.htm

by KevinFreitas on 5/18/2012 @ 6:57pm
Awesome, nice work @camp666! (still need that RSS feed!)

by CaptainBritton on 5/18/2012 @ 7:01pm
"253 Pacifier" My favorite comment ever!

by camp666 on 5/18/2012 @ 7:41pm
working on that, KF. slowly but surely.

by sveltlan12 on 5/18/2012 @ 7:51pm
I agree with CelticRose--I don't think that I want to think of the 253 area when I see a gun, I think that the design is an art and communication 'fail'. Moreover, if we want a real art scene in T-town then the artists therein need to pull up their big boy/girl panties and take some constructive criticism. Also,threatening anyone for disagreeing with you is immature.

by Courtney on 5/18/2012 @ 8:57pm
Wow this thread took a turn into crazy town even more than usual.
Bad design at a bad time.

by Maria on 5/18/2012 @ 11:23pm
Extortion--using the threat of violence or exposure to obtain something by coercion, is a criminal act in the United States, including Washington State.

apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9A...
RCW 9A.56.130 plainly states that extortion includes the threat of exposure of secrets to cause a person public ridicule, hatred or contempt.

Not sure exactly what's going on here, but I'm feeling very very very uncomfortable with the Facebook messages above directed at Ryan.

Is this an act of bullying because Ryan said something that was hyperbole and a bit out-of-line, to make a point?

That's something that artists often do, i.e., push the norms of expression to communicate an idea.

I don't agree that a t-shirt with a gun has any connection to child porn. There is no connection. But it seems that Ryan was making a point (using an exaggerated comparison) that this shirt glorifies something that's been hurtful and harmful to our city, that is, gun violence is a problem along with meth addiction and child porn.

Using distasteful exaggeration to make a connection between two points that are not necessarily related is standard in the art world. In fact, modern art is almost a continuous act of combining remarkable aesthetics and shocking imagery.

A recent example is at the Tacoma Art Museum right now, the video “Fire in My Belly” by David Wojnarowicz, which uses the image of ants crawling on a crucifix to make a statement about death, AIDS and suffering. It's a very provocative image, one that offended many Christians, and caused the Smithsonian to censor it and remove it from the Hide/Seek image in 2010.

Again, though Ryan made a provocative and offensive comparison, his free speech does not deserve getting threatened. Because in America, we may not all agree, but we grant each other the right to say things we disagree on, without the threat of harm.

So is Ryan getting bullied here? Sorry to push the issue, but I'm not okay with that. I don't care if it's an artist or politician or anyone...that's not cool. Not cool at all.

The shirt is fine in my opinion. I'm not a fan of guns, and not a fan of glorifying violence. But not everyone who has a tribal tattoo has been to New Zealand. Symbols are a lot more about what people want to appear to be. I think most people get that. A gun is not the most positive or constructive image, but seems to me the more people say "Don't wear this" or "That's bad," the more it appeals to some people.

by Cloud on 5/19/2012 @ 7:19am
Maria you put the threat into perspective beautifully.

by NineInchNachos on 5/19/2012 @ 8:42am
Rich kids man. what can ya do? (eye roll)

by scubiedoo on 5/19/2012 @ 9:47am
This fb quote of the day makes my 253 heart warm:

"its 253 skunk glands... in no way a heart (don't sue me steve!) every bit of this shirt was stol... er tribute to other tacoma tshirts. It's for people who like all the designs but are unsure which one to buy and can buy only one shirt. This is that shirt. When Ms. Cook gets her hoodie I hope she sends me a pic of her wearing the shirt and sweatshirt at the same time. it's like our designs will be hugging!"

by jenyum on 5/19/2012 @ 12:45pm
I propose we all agree to get along and hate on this guy instead:



hugpile!

by NineInchNachos on 5/19/2012 @ 11:24pm
tried to post this on exit133, but I think is stuck in their crumby filtering system.

here is my original apology I posted long before going public with Steve's creepy high-school cheerleader blackmail threats:


+++

ATTENTION, ATTENTION PEOPLE OF Republic of 253 and IN PARTICULAR MR. Steve NaccaratoWHO INSISTS I APOLOGIZE FOR MAKING THE SUGGESTION THAT ONE SHOULD MAKE A DECAL STICKER TO REPRESENT THE CHILD PORN PROBLEM INFESTING THE 253 AREA CODE TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE NEW 253 GLOCK PISTOL HOODIE DESIGN. PRETTY BOILER PLATE KING OF METHLEHEM PROBLEMS FOR THE 253 HERE... GUNS, METH, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. I PERSONALLY DO NOT BELIEVE ANY OF THESE THINGS DESERVE TO BE GLORIFIED IN A HOODIE DESIGN, BUT THAT IS JUST MY HUMBLE OPINION AS A JERK AND ANNOYING GADFLY POLITICAL CARTOONIST. IF YOU WANT TO WALK AROUND WITH A GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF NON SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO "GUNS" ON YOUR CHEST THAT IS YOUR RIGHT AS AN AMERICAN LIVING UNDER THE PLIGHT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I AM MAKING THIS SINCERE APOLOGY IN GOOD FAITH WITH MR. NACCARATO WHO WILL NOT "TELL MY FRIENDS" ALL KINDS OF HORRIBLE THINGS I'VE DONE TO ALL KINDS OF BELOVED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THUS BREAK THE HYPNOTIC SPELL I HAVE CAST ON NORMAL PEOPLE WITH MY OBNOXIOUS 'TACOMIC CARTOONS' WHICH LETS FACE IT HARDLY ANYONE READS ANYWAY. IN CONCLUSION: PEACE TO THE 253 STICKER RETAILERS AND ALL ART ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THIS GOOD LAND COVERED BY AN ABSTRACT TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION CONCEPT THAT IS TWO FIVE THREEEEEEEEEEE! i'm sorry! (and really it is all Kevin Freitas fault for the blog post in the first place!!! I say sue!!!)


++++

THE FACTS:
it was only after Friday Frost Park Chalk off, when a large fat man with a beard and rotten teeth warned me that if I keep talking shit i'd get my legs broken... and that it wouldn't be him but i'd get my head smashed against the concrete retaining wall. Many witnesses: Kevin, Sonics Guy, Captain Britton - - who all worked to defuse the situation to where the guy turned all fake friendly and relaxed - -but it was super creepy and gross. I wrote about this experience and THEN to Steve's credit he came out and apologized for his words and said he had no association with the asshat that threatened me. and HA HA too much to drink and probably should mix with facebooking.

I shared in private my fb steve exchange with a few friends who said I should go public with it as I don't think Steve is in a healthy place in his life right now. If you consider yourself Steve's friend... what the hell? All that drinking and nobody says anything? Doesn't sound like a REAL friend to me. Intervention time you meat heads!!!

It was only after reading that obnoxious 'mr. tacoma' volcano article that I became outraged. Snot nosed rich kids man! Going after me? I HAVE NOTHING! I'M JUST A STUPID CARTOONIST, AND I DON'T EVEN GET PAID FOR IT... ITS JUST SOMETHING i DO BECAUSE KEVIN IS BLACKMAILING ME TOO!

Seriously, what was that about? If anyone has ANY information on this secret blackmail information please let me know so I can post it online ASAP!!!! I like to live my life in a transparent way. I've posed pictures of myself in my father-in-law's underwear for god sakes! I have no shame.

YOU WANT THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 253 HEART? All the cool hipster idiots hate it now that it is for sale in the pacific northwest shop... they hate it because it has been adopted by the kryptonite soccer moms, you know, because it has become so successful. They desperately need new designs to make it cool again... to stay one step ahead of the soccer moms minivan window.

if all this ugly exchange over a stupid sweatshirt results in just one person scraping off the 253 telephone number heart off their car it will have been worth it. It's a god damn telephone number! It covers Bonney Lake for jesus assrainbow christ sakes! Lake Tapps??? ring ring 253 HELLO? They drink their own leaky septic tank water up there!!!!!!!! Daniel Blue is laughing all the way to the bank. I can hear the nasal laugh all the way from 206 heart.

EVEN SO, Steve needs help. He can lick my 253 truck nuts, but he's not a bad guy. I still like him. help him Steve 'friends' !

Me? I've gone MOLLY NORRIS (google her) till this whole thing blows over. We are an endangered species. The world can't afford any more martyred cartoonists. I am willing to die for my profession, but not for a god damn sweatshirt with a idiotic 253 telephone hot glue gun on it. (How awesome would it look with a detroit gun shirt smoke swirl of glitter coming out of the barrel?)

by NineInchNachos on 5/20/2012 @ 12:28am
My friends, I have something awesome to reveal to you.

I have just learned what the secret information that was going to be used to destroy my reputation. After long consideration... I have decided to go public with it then. May it never hurt me again...

are you ready for the secret?


here


it


comes.....



the secret is.


I AM THE PRODUCT OF AN INCESTUOUS NIGHT OF PASSION BETWEEN FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JULIE ANDERSON AND FORMER CITY MANAGER ERIC ANDERSON!!

RR, ERIC ANDERSON IS YOUR FATHER!


JULIE ANDERSON IS MY REAL MOM!

by NineInchNachos on 5/20/2012 @ 12:29am
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

by ixia on 5/20/2012 @ 9:24am
Thanks for the laughs, RR.

by jenyum on 5/20/2012 @ 9:55am
From the Volcano article:


Blue has said that the 253 Heart is about love of place, and it would seem that Naccarato was the right recipient of that torch. A fierce love of the city gleams in his eyes, though he respectfully reserves the title "Mr. Tacoma" for his father who, he says, was "a major part of the Rat Pack of Tacoma in its heyday."

Is there perhaps a Tacoma heyday revival on the horizon?

"There's a lot to offer here for a lot of different people. If we can get over this inferiority complex of ours, we can overcome these stigmas that are getting in our way."


I'm just perplexed. Cognitive dissonance.

by Thorax O'Tool on 5/20/2012 @ 1:30pm
I'm feeling the need for a Rat Pack of THIS heyday.

by scubiedoo on 5/20/2012 @ 1:48pm
Maxwells seems like a good place for it to convene

by sveltlan12 on 5/20/2012 @ 3:43pm
I would thoroughly love any excuse to dress up and put on a bad accent...]

by Thorax O'Tool on 5/20/2012 @ 4:59pm
The more I think about this, the better the idea seems.

So either it's gold or I'm deluding myself...

by KevinFreitas on 5/21/2012 @ 6:54am
I can sing somewhat like Sinatra -- that's gotta be worth something! ;)

by scubiedoo on 5/21/2012 @ 6:56am
Yes. Yes, that is.

by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2012 @ 10:04am
www.weeklyvolcano.com/mudroom/features/2...

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/21/2012 @ 11:00am
"What do you think? Is the new 253 gun hoodie edgy or insulting?"--from the post intro.

Most any legitimate commercial artist, with a somewhat finished education, understands the difficulty of developing an abstract symbol that's useful. Commercial artwork is not merely a mysterious or ambiguous personal expression to be admired and embraced by the public--As if people just need to be taught about its significance and value.

Some of the most crass symbols are nothing more than plagiarized ideas--outright theft. I personally hate the use of the stolen word "gay", and the stolen image "rainbow", to euphemize the taboo of homosexuality. Those two symbols alone represent the pirates and consequences to a society that justifies its actions based on the belief that absolute good, beauty, and truth do not exist.

The people who support crass art, or other unwise crass indulgences, because a person has a legal right to conduct themselves in such a manner--My question to you is this: On what common sense basis (transcendent truth excluded) does one get that right? Is it based on natural law?

To say that all things are equal--there can be good, but not Good; there can be beauty, but not Beauty; there can be truths, but not Truth--at that point, life is impossible, and all that is left is my preference versus your preference; and order is dictated by might. And that's just what was portrayed in the Facebook incident that was posted above, 5/18/12, 3:41pm.

The sweatshirt artwork is an ambiguous symbol that means whatever one wants it to mean--that's the secret of its appeal to the people behind it. The viewer doesn't know what it's about, and is therefore left to project his own feelings toward it. To the extent that such symbols, intentionally or not, provoke confusion, frustration, and conflict, they are useless to society.

by sveltlan12 on 5/21/2012 @ 5:05pm
Good points Mofo...and the more we are open to dialogue about truth, good, and beauty, the more interesting art and invention will flower...

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