A Well Muscled Aztec Warrior

I remember, once upon a time, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, having a conversation with a cow-orker about art. We were in a bullpen-style office, during a break, and talking about buying artworks, where to find affordable paintings, if affordable, original art was worth the cost for poor workin’ stiffs like us or if we were better off with prints or reproductions… that sort of thing.

All of a sudden, a voice broke in. It was from another worker, one that we never thought would be interested in the subject. He was a good guy, bright enough, but not from the city. You can take the boy out of the backwoods, but you can’t take the backwoods out of the boy. His voice was slightly garbled from the giant chaw of tobacco he had stuck in his lower lip.

He said, “Oh, I just bought an original painting, myself.”

We were a little stunned at this admission. After a few seconds, I regained my composure and asked, “Oh, what did you buy?”

He said, “A painting of a well muscled Aztec warrior on black velvet.”

Not that I have anything against black velvet paintings, but at that time I didn’t really consider them art.

In the intervening decades between who I was then and who I am now… I have changed my mind.

Graffiti in Deep Ellum. This warrior is nothing if not well-muscled... plus he is carrying off his prize of war.

Graffiti in Deep Ellum. This warrior is nothing if not well-muscled… plus he is carrying off his prize of war.

8 responses to “A Well Muscled Aztec Warrior

  1. Thank You! We will be stopping by this weekend to make sure it just right for the next weekekend. Thanks for location

    • It is not unusual to see people getting senior photographs done in this area. Another popular spot is across the street behind the “Travelling Man.” The wall there has a sunburst design that makes a great backdrop.

  2. Are you being a little tongue-in-cheek liking that Aztec warrior now? I remember seeing Julian Schnabbel’s paintings on black velvet and thinking how yucky they were, then read a review by Robert Hughes that more-or-less confirmed my reaction. But I would rather be a rounded vulgarian than a purist snob!

    • I think it’s all about the concept. A real black-velvet painting… that would be mostly interesting as an ironic artwork and I’m not a big fan of that. The photo I posted, however, is of a pretty cool piece of graffiti art and that I really do like.

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