David Flaherty
December 2006
Product Recalls...
Product recalls: Target: Che CD's Guevara off Target shelves Che Guevara CD case pulled from shelves (Reuters) Updated: 2006-12-23 18:24 Target Corp said on Friday it had pulled a CD carrying case bearing Ernesto "Che" Guevara's image after an outcry by critics who label the Marxist revolutionary a murderer and totalitarian symbol. Target had touted a music disc carrying case for Che admirers emblazoned with the Argentine-born guerrilla's iconic 1960 portrait by Alberto Diaz, or "Korda." A set of small earphones was superimposed on the image, suggesting he was tuned in to an iPod or other music player. "It is never our intent to offend any of our guests through the merchandise we carry," Target said in a statement. "We have made the decision to remove this item from our shelves and we sincerely apologize for any discomfort this situation may have caused our guests." Some business columnists had decried the product, sold under Target's brand, saying the trendy discount chain was giving in to a misguided fashion craze while ignoring Guevara's role in bringing Fidel Castro's Communist rule to Cuba. "What next? Hitler backpacks? Pol Pot cookware? Pinochet pantyhose?" wrote Investor's Business Daily in an editorial earlier this month, citing the Guevara case as a model of "tyrant-chic." Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady said Target made an "admirable decision" to correct the actions of some company employees who "allowed Target to become a target itself of the Che myth." In a rare moment of accord, some social activists said they were not sorry to see Guevara taken off Target's shelves, but on different grounds. "Che would just be rolling in his grave if he knew his face was making money for Target," said Nell Greenberg, spokeswoman for San Francisco-based Global Exchange. "Everyone who does support that legacy of social justice is certainly not going to be opposed to stopping Target from using that tool." Guevara's image is literally stamped into the capitalist consumer society that he died fighting to overturn. His portrait adorns everything from schoolbags to T-shirts and women's lingerie. The picture of a stern-faced Guevara sporting a beret with a single star was popularized on posters after his 1967 execution in Bolivia, where he tried to foment a Communist uprising. Its place as a symbol of idealistic revolt has held strong in the decades since, from students rioting in Paris in 1968 to Palestinians launching an uprising against Israel in 2000. For people gift-shopping, Guevara's image is part of a motley of symbols of retro cool that populate flea market stalls and chic designer boutiques. It has also been used by globally recognized brands. Swatch put Guevara on a wristwatch and Smirnoff vodka featured the picture in an advertising campaign. Guevara's own family aims to end the industry of Che merchandise, seeking lawsuits against companies they believe exploit his image and undermine his political philosophy.
Product Recall: P-Diddy Sean John Jackets with real Dog fur Diddy's Sean John fashions may look pretty but according to the Humane Society of the United States, some of it was being made out of dog fur. The Society revealed on their website that the Sean John Hodded Snorkel Jacket, advertised as having an "imitation rabbit fur collar" and "faux fur" was actually made from real fur from raccoon dogs the HSUS says are "killed inhumanely in China."
Snow! Eat your hearts out!
Dateline: Minnetonka Minneapolis, home of the Tonka Toy. SNOW! Eat your hearts out. Flaherty over and out.
Happy New Year Animation
Happy new year to all you Drawgers and Non-Drawgers alike!  Hope it is a good year for you all!  Here is a little animation I did for you.
You'll need a flash plug in to view it most likely.  N-Joy.
(I'm running for a flight, I've noticed a few bugs I have to work out!)

Sound On!

Here is the Animation
Viral Ipod ad
Saw this interesting story about a school teacher who did his own I-pod ad video, posted it and now it's getting huge attention.  Some suggest this may be a big part of future advertising.  Will it affect us?
Story is from Wired Here.

Video here.
Young Naderstein
How could I not add my "young Naderstein" to the mix?
This one's for J.D. (and Wax)
Ok, did this quick drawing of the group Tenpole Tudor
Best Shows Ever Redux
Walton Ford painting
Ron Mueck Sculpture
I know David Gothard mentioned this already, but if you have not seen these two shows at the Brooklyn Museum you should make haste!
Ron Mueck does scale based figurative sculptures (Leo posted in the past about him) and Walton Ford does amazing huge watercolors of Animal themes.   Fantastic!  I have to go back and see more of it.
Best show ever? extended!
One of Hoppers greatest paintings.
I was finally able to get up to the Whitney and see the Edward Hopper  show there.  This has to be one of the best shows ever.  His drawings are especially amazing to see.  One of my favorites was called "Dandy blowing smoke rings" or something like that.  Great stuff! 

Exhibit extended untill Dec 31st.

Online artworks HERE
Hopper in his studio
How does one get into Drawger?
At Edel's request I post this video of the approval process here at Drawger. I did not make the video, but I wish I had.
Mom at the Beach
My uncle died a few weeks ago, so I've been going through his apartment and trying to find valuable things to keep.  Found this picture of my mom at the beach.  Must have been some sort of trick.  She never did this at home.
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