Ocryx and Joe

Ocryx and Joe don't leave town for election season

This time, the crows stay- but they won't play your little games
posted Jun 27, 2012
Haters, Racists, and Liars- Oh my.
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Ocryx and Joe have decided not to leave town for this election season- but as you know, crows have a way of predicting the severity of nature's seasons, and similarly- this one is going to be a VERY rough human season. Don't expect the crows to get sucked into your little hater games, though- since they have wings and the ability to fly, they plan on staying above ground level where the nastyness will be taking place. Don't like this view of politicking? Then do your part and CHANGE IT.

by cisserosmiley on 6/27/2012 @ 8:21am
I have no "hater" game, but having healthy pursuit of facts, discussion with other voters, and an arena to watch candidates in public view is important. Even if it is pretty dumb.

by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2012 @ 8:31am
Sounds good to me.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 9:03am

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/27/2012 @ 9:12am

Ha Ha Ha. If the crows don't speak out and take a position on an issue then they won't offend anyone--Just like most aspiring political candidates. We'll just have to project our own feelings onto the never-cross, non-threatening, non-judgemental O & J--"Oh!, I like them."

by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2012 @ 9:25am
And this is why we like MoFo from the Hood.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 9:26am
 "we have opinions, we're not going to tell!" 


by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 9:28am
i'm just happy they moved on from the playing card thing

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/27/2012 @ 9:30am
It's not too late to donate money to "Tacoma Players Cards"--an exclusive product found only at Mofo from the Hood's Blog!

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 9:33am
bravery!  not civility!

and everybody likes mofo from the hood.

by cisserosmiley on 6/27/2012 @ 9:40am
The new birds of Tacoma playing cards are almost funded, raven card, mockingbird card, and blackbird card funded...just need crow card money now

by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2012 @ 10:00am

In most trades, professional (or semi-professional) organizations are formed to assist the membership in obtaining work and training. For example, through CLAW, I have provided full-time professional art/design jobs to three CLAW members- two of which are still employed (the third left of his/her own choosing.) Now, some might say that the two who are still working are no longer "artists" since they are professionally employed at a commercial enterprise, but to that I say "balderdash". Granted, the working environment may be somewhat, let us say, "challenging", but this is a depressed economy (if you haven't noticed) and these are FULL TIME ART JOBS.

Similarly, when a freelance opportunity comes up that involves the very subject matter that members of a certain semi-professional trade organization have experience and interest in, it would be nice if such information was disseminated among the membership so that interested members could make application to take part in such an opportunity. It's what a semi-professional trade organization is supposed to do.

Meanwhile, if anyone would like to relocate to Nevada, I can probably place another artist or two down there. If you have already provided a resume and portfolio, please do so again- there is a new HR manager who will be reviewing for the positions. 

by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2012 @ 10:03am
You know what's P O N D E R O U S?

Double standards and incivility.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 10:21am
* was never a claw project.  we, the selected few, serve by invitation only... assignments were all made at the same time, all slots were filled from the beginning.  there are whispers of a second run of cards...  a red deck to compliment the blue deck....   I suggest making friends with the McKnight/McBride ladies running this project asap! 

** am grateful for all the support TEAM JINX has tossed my way through the years (I LOVE YOU FOLKS!!!!)

*** doublestandards - You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means?

by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2012 @ 10:26am
" was never a claw project. we, the selected few, serve by invitation only... assignments were all made at the same time, all slots were filled from the beginning."

Yes- that is my point exactly.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 10:30am
It's not my place to wrestle Old City Hall away from Chandler O'Leary.  It's a good way to lose a finger!

by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2012 @ 11:06am
Nobody's wrestling anything from anybody, as everybody involved got their work fair and square by the rules of the game.

All I am saying is that CLAW is apparently not being enough of an advocate of the local drawing arts- and this still isn't about me, since I fully realize that my work isn't of the proper caliber for this kind of project- I am simply disappointed that far more capable illustrators than me (such as Stowe, Brill, and Tirri) were also excluded. They would have put out some really fantastic work for this project.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 11:44am
in summary, McKnight/McBride were matching their artist friends to their fav Tacoma places on their art project.

meanwhile,  I too am still resentful Beautiful Angle has never picked me to help make a poster.  You suck Beautiful Angle!  Obviously this is a conspiracy to exclude fluid-spewing, pot-bellied, fly-by-night, unemployed cartoonists from the greater utopian art world.  And if publicly complaining about it and causing a spectacle of myself doesn't motivate them to include me next time I don't know what will. 

I for one am not a nazi. 

Jah-bless ;)


by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2012 @ 12:19pm
Seriously, have you seen Tirri's engraving-style artwork? I mean, if that wasn't a natural for this project, I don't know what is...

Just so you know, I will continue to be an advocate for my most worthy CLAW brothers and sisters.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 12:31pm
Chris7.2 should be put in charge of the Local Currency project

by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2012 @ 12:34pm
Yes, he should. Awesome work.

by Maria on 6/27/2012 @ 1:30pm
If this thread is a non-Festivus opportunity to air grievances about not getting picked for art projects, can I speak up for the highly melanin-colored tribes of the region?

I'm 110% for all these great Tacoma projects...arts, photography, poetry, lectures, innovators, music, collaborations, festivals, etc. Whoop whoop!! Confetti and my admiration, both, truly.

But dear, wonderful, amazing, pro-active, creative initiators in the realms of tech, art, words, non-profit orgs, civic institutions:

Please, would you consider there are ways to be more intentional about including folks from other ethnic backgrounds?

When we pull from our social circles, the choices tend to be more limited. I know that no one intends to exclude anyone on purpose. But without opportunities to participate, artists of other colors are left out of the public discourse.

It really takes some forethought to include diverse voices. Pierce County is over 30% non-white in ethic background. Tacoma is the highest mixed-race city in the nation--outside of five cities in California. (2010 US Census figures)

I'm not an artist, so I'm not specifically pointing to any one project.

Just suggesting as kindly as possible, when it comes time to invite creative people to contribute to a worthwhile event--there are people from African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Hawaiian, East Indian, etc. descent that live and work in this region, and have something to offer. We'd be kidding ourselves to think that any race has more/better creative folks, or any race has less, or is incapable of producing amazing work.

I am always alarmed when I see a roster of event speakers, or a panel of experts, or a list of artists, and it resembles a 1950's era Mississippi yearbook photo, versus the faces of the city today.

Thanks, love you all. Much love to all those who get off their butts and make things happen...not trying to be an armchair quarterback. I think just a tiny bit more intentionality in expanding our social circles will help make our city even more splendid.

PS. The official city projects (murals, public art roster training group, grant funds, etc.) are amazing and so very inclusive. I'm speaking more about unofficial collaborations.

by The Jinxmedic on 6/27/2012 @ 1:45pm
Well said, Maria!

by daubermaus on 6/27/2012 @ 3:24pm
Very well said, Maria!
As a Rez-living Native American, it always irks me to see the segregation in The Arts that passes for diversity. 
People think that by offering the occasional NA project like the greeting totem that they are including Natives in the arts. 
Reality is that most galleries and coffee shops cater to their friends and commercial projects are closed before they ever actually open - if you are not one of the select few you never hear about oportunity until after it is well past.
Jinx's gripe is not about being personally excluded from the cards project - it's about constantly hearing about projects after they are closed and knowing well deserving artists that could have contributed and never got the offer because they aren't "cool" enough, "real" enough, or just not part of the in-crowd.
Tacoma has quite the little "old boys/girls" network going that has some pretty offensive token-ism thrown in to boot.
--end rant (and any chance of every being asked in join)

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 4:44pm
don't ask.  demand!   I demand a beautiful angle poster collaboration !

there has never been an alaskan beautiful angle poster artist! 

by The Jinxmedic on 6/28/2012 @ 8:14am
There should be. I wonder if Sarah Palin is available?

by mossguy on 6/28/2012 @ 9:53pm
I would support that!