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Initially this illustration was commissioned for the cover of American Prospect magazine however at the last second they decided to pull it because they felt it was too controversial.
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LivingForCupcakes Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is so awesome, thank you very much for sharing that with the world
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daw327 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
This is accurate, and amazing. George Bush is a complete IDIOT!!
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DanielChurchDesigns Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
thats bullshit. media censorship strikes again.. amazing piece
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3rdeyeofthebeholder Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
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!
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Iness13 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
So moving...
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katiousa15 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Amazing work!!!!
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liberameCINDY Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
gro▀artig
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Con4m Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a veteran this picture means alot to me, Awesome Job!
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CivilWarLaserGuns Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
This shouldn't have been pulled. If we censure too much, I fear things will go in the "Brave New World" direction...amazing piece.
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Babygurrl84 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
BTW, let's see what we can do about getting the Carmelo Rodriguez Memorial Bill passed. If you don't know about him, information is available on Google, etc. Thanks!
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Babygurrl84 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Thank you for saying what I've felt about the situation. Excellent work!
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j-cbishop Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
it shouldnt have been pulled out, it's a great piece and shows truth.
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caseyxrobertson Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Great piece.
I'd love to see it as a photo one day.
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rhocas Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Good work!
Do you have any paintings showing the thousands of Iraqi citizens who lost their lives, homes, and lands because of this international crime?
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shamajaffer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Your artworks are amazing. You paint the best.
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Mainamarbus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
unbelievable
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Mainamarbus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
unbelievable
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Mainamarbus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
unbelievable
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MyGreenBliss Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
I love it.
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BloodStainAffiliate Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent piece! And lots of great art was controversial. =p
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They did just fear the couldget more as a t-shirt for printing this :D
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emo-ninja-kid Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too controversial? Idiots. Amazing piece- faved, loved and nodded at- I totally agree.
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samahhh Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
I love it, I love you, and I hate that magazine. (:
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candyheartz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
1.27 trillion that could have saved so, so many lives in poverty stricken communities. what a waste indeed, a good message. i commend you for expressing it
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cbens Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009   Photographer
fucking amazing painting
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iLissa-chan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
lovely. and so true.
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amelliott Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
i love this.
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lpinon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Student
However controversial this might be...you still deserve the credit. Wonderful job.
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Armonis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Well as any good businessman knows, you have to spend money to make money, and since they were after nothing but power (with money as a means) I'd say they were successful in their true endeavors.
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Kough-Drop-Kid Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
wow thats amazing and so sad =(
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kdotx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Love this piece! As 4 whoever pulled the project, LAME! Gr8 work man!
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NeptunesQueenBee Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It seems to becoming more and more true that this is the real fate of those soilders fighting in iraq.
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y0urstalker Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
I did love this though.
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y0urstalker Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
haha, I hated that song reference.
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kyrazee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
it's sad; it happens.
nicely executed.
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overmood Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen this photo about 2 years ago here (even long before I joined dA), and I've been looking for it for a while. Two years after and it is still so true.

Great concept, and your style is just amazing. :clap:
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A-H-I-P-P-I-E Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008   Photographer
The truth IS often controversial - Nice work
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jblankenship05 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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zansola Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
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.
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bebepopjr Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
that would of been awesome!!! i love this pic!
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
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.
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Rachzee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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samahhh Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
"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.
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
I respect your opinion and your friends as well but must disagree on the so called 'excellent care' vets receive from our government :no: 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.
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Rachzee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
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. :)
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
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Kakitiss Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God forbid anything nowadays might be controversial enough to tell the truth. This is stunning and thought-provoking and achingly painful. Well done.
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SalDaliaviant Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
i really enjoy this painting. i have since i first saw it months ago. just now revisiting it, and thought i'd leave a comment.
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inspirational-dreams Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
well said.. well done
great work
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LaceyRose Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I love the controversy you've evoked!
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