Waste your life, be an artist….

24 Feb

So the other day I came across this website. At first I didn’t get the joke and was pretty pissed off.

I am completely pulling this out of my ass, but I get the feeling a lot of people don’t take art seriously. I mean, sure there are plenty of people who love the arts, and support them, but then you have school districts trying to cut art programs to focus on math and science, the only “useful” subjects…bullshit. The humanities always struggle for funding, most of which is allotted to those “useful” programs. Colleges and universities are even raising the prices for programs that are more “useful” than the humanities.

I feel some people really do think “Go ahead, waste your life and be an artist….” Ok, so what is not “wasting your life”? Getting a degree in business, making money, buying a beach house, getting a hot trophy wife, and retiring on a golf course where you take Viagra to fuck the golf cart attendant? Congratulations you bland worthless prick, you’re just like every other faceless asshole who will die un-noticed.

Yeah math and science are important for making new discoveries and products, but the humanities is our soul. It’s what gives existence meaning. Our experiences as human beings, all the emotions that go with life, that’s what art represents. Artists and those who enjoy art are enriched by those shared experiences and memories. They truly experience life.

So I hope you’re happy on that golf course you nobody….

9 Responses to “Waste your life, be an artist….”

  1. Vishinsky Designs February 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    Lol I thought you hated artists, but then I read what you said and I agree that people don’t take art serious. People rarely stop to look at art unless its a famous painting or contains nudity and then they mostly want to take a picture next to it.

  2. ericloiselle February 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    You have to remember that taking those courses in can have a much greater percentage of helping the economy than doing nothing for it. The term “Starving Artist” is more true than we would like to believe. There are a lot more people that go into some form of the business world and help make money. Continue the flow of money, for as long as possible. The upside to it, is those people that have extra wealth are usually the ones to buy art. Sometimes you have to accept the cons to get the benefits.

  3. Charlie February 26, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    GP, to Ericloiselle I would respond that we can learn so much from the Renaissance period in which a well rounded person would have knowledge of and appreciation for both the arts and the sciences, recognizing the value of each and of the need for balance within both society and the individual. To your post, I would say, “Hear, hear!!” (smile)


  4. Wayward Kobold March 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    I chanced across your blog while googling around the internet and as an art major (Entertainment Design/Illustration) I’d like to toss my hat into the ring.

    First of all, the commercial definition art has come a long way from it’s origins. When many people think of the stereotype of the starving artist, chances are they will think of a painter at an easel who tries to land their works in some obscure art gallery in San Fransisco. Fortunately, this is not the case.

    The modern definition of “Artist” expands beyond the stale definition of the “Fine Artist”. Artists work across a wide spectrum of jobs; some design web pages, others conceptualize for forms of mass media like video games and movies. All forms of entertainment have a team of artists behind it, and that’s saying something seeing as the entertainment industry is one of the most profitable out there.

    I’m not sure on the specifics, but I’m pretty sure an artist working in the entertainment industry earns somewhere around $60,000 to $90,000 depending on their position. Sure, that’s not as much as the guy who devoted his life to engineering or getting a PHD in CompSci, but an artist learns to enjoy their work and lives a much more social (and fulfilling, IMO) life than someone who works with calculations all day. Life is an experience, not a destination; you should pursue what you have a passion for and seek enjoyment in both your work and your play.

    Of course chasing after an art career means I’ve also experienced some of the ignorance you’ve mentioned first hand. My parents almost flipped shit when I told them I wanted to go to an art school instead of a traditional UC, and no matter how successful you are, people don’t like to say “He’s an Artist” the same way they say “He’s a Doctor”.

  5. Kelsey March 9, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    As an artist, I thank you for this post.

  6. J March 31, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    This is exactly how I feel about a number of my relatives. Bloody cavemen living the American meme and driving around senselessly in motorized golf carts. I don’t expect to stay in contact with very many of them in the years to come, once I get out of this living arrangement.

  7. SRWood July 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    I just happened across your post, because I’m the Website/Image’s creator & occasionally run searches to see where it’s gotten itself to on the web over the past 5 years.

    Just wanted to say – your reaction, from initial anger, leading to more thought on the absurdity of the statement & questioning of what, then,is not “wasting your life” is everything I could have hoped for with this campaign.
    You hit the nail on the head & made my day.


  8. godlesspaladin July 21, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    Thanks SRWood, I really think it’s a clever campaign. I see the images spray painted across town from time to time.

  9. common sense July 14, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    only cocksuckers play golf.

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