Too controversial? Well I guess not everyone wants to acknowledge certain facts that point to this truth. And everyones got their own opinion, and that can be difficult to respect at times. It seems most of your art conveys very powerful messages through things that may be hard for us to face or even look at. Keep up the great work man!
Wonderful piece. The shading and coloring is amazing. While I support the war itself, I can agree with the sentiment on the shirt. Even if the campaign is a complete success tomorrow, the soldiers still won't get shit other than to say they were there, and did their job.
Great painting in both skill and message. There is an organization based near where I live that is made up of vets, both who have and have not fought in this war, who are against the war and would love this image. I am disappointed that this image could not be put on the cover of a magazine while pictures of celebrity private parts are shoved in our faces everyday.
Fantastic concept and very well done - too bad they didnt go forward with it. While I support our troops as they are only doing their job,I feel the government has made many bad decisions in the handling of this issue, to say the least.
In regards to the comment below me, I live near DC and have family who work for many of the VA centers and I think its atrocious the way the government takes care of their soldiers upon returning home! They do not receive the care they need and their lives are often torn apart because of it.
The soldiers do not feel this way. This image is a disgrace to their dedication and service. It is also a disgrace to all the people of Iraq who have sought and won against an evil tyrant and still trying to obtain democracy and peace that radical, murdering terrorists do not want them to have.
I showed this to a good friend of mine, who is now a Ranger in the Army. He asked that I convey that message to you since he is not a member of deviantart.
U.S. soldiers and their families of this era who are injured or disabled receive excellent benefits for the rest of their lives, and they certainly would not wear a T-shirt like that. Ask any one of them. If you want to convey 'realism', this image definitely does not. It only portrays a concept of your opinions of the war.
However, with the 'controversy' aside, as an artist I will say that your painting techniques are very skilled.
"It is also a disgrace to all the people of Iraq who have sought and won against an evil tyrant and still trying to obtain democracy and peace that radical, murdering terrorists do not want them to have."
You say that the soldiers do not feel this way... well I am sorry but the "people of Iraq" do not feel THAT way.
I respect your opinion and your friends as well but must disagree on the so called 'excellent care' vets receive from our government I have family and friends who work for many of the VA centers and I have heard the horror stories of how vets do not receive the quality of care they need and deserve. Between that and having friends who are currently in the military as well as out, and living so close to DC - I cannot believe what goes on and how they cannot receive the help they deserve. While I support our soldiers and know they are doing their jobs, I think its atrocious how the government is handling this issue.
I respect your opinion as well. I'm an RN and worked at a VA hospital about 5 years ago. I can't comment on the treatment received at that hospital near D.C. of which you speak, but I do know how they were treated and respected where I worked and I know of the benefits...which are far better than social sec. disability or for retired senior citizens. And the VA administration continues to better those benefits, including lower percentage rates on loans, first opportunity for employment, and list goes on and on. Our soldiers enter the military knowing the dangers and consequences. They serve for democracy and for our rights and other countries to maintain freedom from tyranny and fear. And they are proud and honored to do so. My point was that they would not wear a T-shirt like that. And anyone displaying such a message is disgracing the soldiers and what they are fighting for. We obviously don't agree and like I said, I do respect your opinion. So we can agree to disagree.