I did this charcoal drawing and then turned it to this by Photoshop for kids.
Map of Iran is similar to a sitting cat.
Display of my Art that is available for sale at: http://www.saatchionline.com/collections/index/owner/87591
I once did an animation of Ahmadinejad. This was part of the “where is my vote campaign” when the Iranian elections were rigged ( not that under the Islamic Republic there has ever been proper elections but even with their twisted standards they rigged it!).
Regained Grandour, a set on Flickr.
Back in 1977 when I was 13, I was fortunate enough to be awarded this comic book titled “Azemat-e Baazyaafteh” (“Restored Grandeur”) by my school. It is perhaps now a collector’s item as it was not sold in shops and I doubt if many copies have survived in Iran. Irrespective of your views on the late king, it is a fun book to read. I will try to scan and send the 62 pages bit by bit.
It just shows that whilst other kids read Superman and Batman comics, we were being nurtured on the milk of politics from an early . I recently saw an exhibition of Soviet Propaganda posters in Tate Modern, London and it was great. It is a shame that with our regular regime change, we destroy a lot of history but If someone ever opens a Museum of Iranian Propaganda in Iran, I might be tempted to donate this book after I’m dead.
Finally the mad tyrant is dead.
I made this drawing on my IPAD back in August and expected his end then.
One thing about this is that such a violent end is not a good start for a new regime. Take my word for it, when a regime ends with violence another violent regime that goes from one revolutionary extreme to another takes over.
What’s more it is perhaps time to question all those Western regimes that helped such a vermin stay in power for so long, I mean it is one thing for the British PM to remind us all of the tragic death of PC Ivan Fletcher and the Lockerbie bombings and another when not so long ago we are remind that Tony Blair went off to Libya shaking the hand of this madman.
It looks like Ahmadinejad is going to be sacrificed by the regime.
The regime feels a major crisis of power and the lack of popularity both internal and external. It has seen the Arab spring and it’s allies in crisis. The sanctions and the wasteful policies have brought the nation to a state of major crisis. Ahmadinejad had started securing his position but has lost support amongst the military Sepah so it seems he will become the latest sacrificial escape goat of an unpopular crumbling brutal regime. By the way I have reused one of my old cartoons for this, but somehow the topic is still relevant.
My Dad is 82 now. On the inside he is still like a teenager or at least he has been like that for most of his life, but as he’s become older he has regressed to even a younger age and he is like a five year old. He was with us over the weekend. The weekend incidentally was the Iranian New year which starts with the spring equinox. It is called Norouz which literary means a new day. When a parent gets that old and you love them then every day that you have the pleasure of having them around is a new day you should cherish.
I did this drawing of him a month ago as he was falling into a nap as he was watching TV with us. On Saturday we were looking for a shop that would sell walking sticks, he was saying I can’t move my leg very well, then I explained to him that his walking stick had bent a little and the tip had gone in making it shorter which is why it is effecting him. i took him down the pub that night and with my daughter being 16 and legally allowed to drink cider we had three generation of Torks drinking away. It was a first.
I know Middle East is going toward Democracy, but it has been a slow process and one can not help thinking that the systems that replace them are not as a rule forward thinking and the change can bring influences that should be extinct. One such influence is religious idealism.