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Izod, Not Le Tigre by lukechueh Izod, Not Le Tigre by lukechueh
This August, Munky King will host "Memories Are Made Of This" a group art show curated by friend of the gallery, Super Cooper Berella. The theme of the show is 'childhood memories', and after giving it some thought, I decided to create a piece inspired by my elementary school class photo. In essence, it's a self portrait of me from 1983-85.
The painting features a bear with a classic bowl haircut, standing in front of a classic sky blue background. But the thing that takes me back is the gold and red Izod polo shirt he's wearing.
Back in the 80's class distinction could be determined by the logo you wore on your shirt (and from what I can tell, things haven't changed after all this time). At the top food chain was Le Tigre (which featured a leaping tiger as a logo) next was Izod (now known as Lacoste, featured the crocodile), and if I recall, the bottom of the barrel was Britannia (whom used the bottom half of a Union Jack as a logo).
Considering the cruelty of children, I caught hell from the Le Tigre kids, and this is why I made sure to include the Izod logo in the painting.
Tragically, this will also be Munky King's last art show at their Melrose location.
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Drifting-Damage Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student
This brings back memories for me too. Except that instead of myself, my Dad wore the Izod/Lacoste shirts. I am glad you included it.
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lukechueh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Drifting-Damage!
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nars Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work. In glad that you are back on DA.
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lukechueh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Nars!
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DeadNettlez Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
you left deviantart for a 2 year period right?
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lukechueh Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I left from 2007 till 2012.
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CatalinaVelasquez Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those problems never happened in my elementary school...Either way, nice piece!
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lukechueh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Good to hear you didn't experience this specific form of child cruelty!
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CatalinaVelasquez Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You consider that cruelty? I mean my school wasn't materialistic.
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lukechueh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Would I consider it cruelty? As an adult, I would consider it petty, but as a child, your frame of reference is much smaller, and when you're being judged by your pears at that age, children can be very cruel (without realizing it.
You're lucky to have grown up in a school that wasn't materialistic.
I didn't.
Cheers!
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