POLITICAL POP CULTURE BY ERIC YAHNKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric Yahnker is a contemporary artist born in 1976 in Torrance, California. His humorous, meticulously rendered graphite and colored pencil drawings and elaborate process pieces examine pop culture and politics. His jaw-dropping graphite and colored pencil drawings and other vivid works are sprinkled with absurdist humor and glimmers of the subconscious.

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Silent Scream Masks: A Symbol for Ukraine’s Call for Independence

With all the social unrest and violent political protests going on in Kiev, Ukrain, a peaceful, non-partisan grassroots movement called  euromaidan civic sector has been receiving support from the ogilvy & mather dusseldorf and ukraine offices by way of clever design to support the movement. The movement’s efforts to express Ukrain’s call for independence and freedom of speech has now become symbolized by the ‘silent scream masks’  bearing an illustration of an open mouth printed onto a handkerchief bearing the colors of Ukrain’s flag.  The handkerchiefs were created to help protesters protect their faces from debris, gas and fumes during anti-government demonstrations while carrying a powerful message about  peace and freedom. Their use of the handkerchiefs are now being recognized world wide as a symbol of peaceful out cry against violence and injustice.

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All images by rouven maccario via designboom.com

Herbert Baglione’s new project in progress at SENAC in Araraquara, Brazil

Upper Playground artist, Herbert Baglione is currently working on a new mural in Araraquara, Brazil:

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SENAC is a benchmark education center in Araraquara, Brazil. It is a community center functioning as an important place that provides free classes and resources for the public to develop  their professional skills.  SENAC also has a strong training program for people in the pursuit of art, design, theater and cinema.  For more information please visit: www.sp.senac.br

Reminder (As if you need it): Go Vote!!!!

We don’t think you need a reminder, but go educate yourself on the propositions, state and national rep and Senate races, and of course, the Presidential election and use the best right you have in voting. (art  by shepard fairey)

A lonely protester claiming his love and support for Orlando Police Department


This guy came out to sarcastically support the Orlando Police Department that was arresting people for trying to feed the homeless.  He does a good job of making them look pretty dumb with some good old political satire.

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Sarah Palin’s emails reveal that she in facts emails

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Apparently, 24,000 pages of emails from Sarah Palin’s time as governor of Alaska were released to news organizations in the state capital Juneau today, and we don’t actually find anything interesting in any of them. Not that we have read 23,998 of those emails, but we did really like this poem that a supporter sent her:

Her beauty’s said to mesmerize
It clouds the brains of all the guys.
The chicks say that’s a bunch of bunk,
But First Dude… He’s a Super HUNK!
A view so fresh that none would try,
‘Less they went to Wasilla High!
Her style of playing Politics
Is sort of like a Braxton Hicks….
It fakes you out and hurts like hell…
But in the end, it comes out well.
Until her term comes to an end,
There is nothing that she can’t transcend.

What this email doesn’t note is that we wrote this to Mrs Palin.

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John Lennon As Political Artist: A great piece on PopMatters

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We all know John Lennon was a champion of some radical, progressive causes in the late 60s and 70s. That is why we love him so much, because he took his international pop star status and used it to push forth movements that were normally considered left field and dangerous. He started a trend that others have followed, Bono, Chris Martin, and really anyone else who does good charity and political work with their pop star status. The only problem now is that these men now endorse products within this championing, and Lennon was a little cleaner on that front.

PopMatters has a great piece on Lennon as a political artist today, as part of their look at Lennon 30 years after his tragic killing. Definitely worth a read.

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BP Buys “Oil Spill” Search Terms on Google, Yahoo, and Bing to capture the message

BP Buys “Oil Spill” Search Terms on Google, Yahoo, and Bing to capture the message” posted from: The Citrus Report | Art, Culture, News, Graffiti, Music, Street Art, Clothing, Politics, Reviews

According to TreeHugger.com, “BP seems to have bought many phrases related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing). What this means is that people who do an internet search to find information about the spill have a good chance to see BP’s official site pop up at the top of their search results.” That just messes with the truth a tad, don’t you think?

Of course BP says, “We have bought search terms on search engines like Google to make it easier for people to find out more about our efforts in the Gulf and make it easier for people to find key links to information on filing claims, reporting oil on the beach and signing up to volunteer,” BP spokesman Toby Odone told ABC News.

They might as well say, we bought search terms so you fucking idiots out there can see we are making a minimal effort as we destroy the earth and we really don’t give a fuck because most of us executives live elsewhere and don’t give a shit about the Gulf of Mexico and the environment. Oh, and if you morons volunteer, that is less work for us. So thank you.

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Morning Ritual: Vacation, Part 2

Morning Ritual: Vacation, Part 2” posted from: The Citrus Report | Art, Culture, News, Graffiti, Music, Street Art, Clothing, Politics, Reviews

Doesn’t the sand hurt just a tad? But, doesn’t the beach look really nice, too? When its foggy in San Francisco all summer long, we start thinking of sandy beaches.

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Weakness Wednesday: Kings of Leon “California Waiting”

Weakness Wednesday: Kings of Leon “California Waiting”” posted from: The Citrus Report | Art, Culture, News, Graffiti, Music, Street Art, Clothing, Politics, Reviews

We all thought the band was going to be a tad cooler after LPs #1 and #2. Turns out, they are douches. But Kings of Leon’s first track that caught our attention was “California Waiting,” a simple, two chord pop song that didn’t see desperate for U2 admiration or fake supermodel dating templates. It was just a damn good song.

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