VIDEO ESSAY #2

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Political, Street Art, Writing | 4 Comments

I was scouting for locations in LA the other day for new places to hit when I creeped up on this poster advertising this huge art show being held in the old Tower Records building on Sunset. Gibson Guitars presents Billy Morrison and Plastic Jesus.

2. I’ve run across Billy from time to time and I can’t think of a bad thing to say about him, hell everyone I know who knows him has nothing but nice things to say about him and I don’t have a problem believing them. Although I’ve never heard him play I have to imagine he’s an amazing lead guitarist because he’s played and probably still plays with some amazing groups … but that aside … I never knew he was an artist. 

After doing a little research I found that he’s a new talent in the art world and God bless him I hope he does well. But to have such a huge art show at such an amazing place right out the gate. I haven’t seen anyone mauever their way into the art world like this since that ass clown Mr. Brainwash bought his way onto the scene.

Personally I hate being in art shows. That’s why I rarely show in galleries. I enjoy shooting the shit with the people who are kind enough to show up, it just takes a lot out of me. I’m not exactly a sociable person. The only thing I like about art shows is crashing them and draining them of their free drinks. That’s about all most of them are worth.



Now this Plastic Jesus guy, his art I know a little about and I’ve never got him. I don’t think there’s much to get. I’ve seen his art in a number of shows and as far as I’m concerned he has some skill in execution, not extraordinary skills but skills. His message is about as basic left wing as it gets. Same old tired liberal crap but not so over the top leftist that I have enough of an opinion to even give him much thought. 

Until I saw this one piece I noticed when I dropped into this show.

It was a mock Barbie piece making a statement about mass shootings and American culture. Just another typical Brit taking a jab at the America. 1. Like we’re not tired of hearing this kind of shit, particularly from people who are guests in our country 2. like anyone from Britain has any room to talk shit about how fuck up this country is. 

News flash Plastic Jesus, for what ever reasons you left your native Brtania to live here, not there. It’s called voting with your feet.

I mean how much of an asshole would I be if I moved to Paris only to give them shit about the number of people who become obese because of the amount of baggets they consume in a given year and how it offends my gluten free life style. or if I start insisting they speak English to make my stay there more pleasant because I don’t speak French. 

If they picked my ass up and tossed me on a boat the hell out of there … let’s just say, I’d understand.


But back to the art show.

Most everything in the show was your basic Banksyisque stenciling. Actually some of the pieces, I thought, were direct Banksy rip offs. But whatever! I”m used to seeing bad art at just about every art show I run across. I did a lap around the show then left. The only piece I saw that made any impression on me was that Barbie piece. A piece Plastic Jesus didn’t even have the balls to call a “Barbie” piece for fear of getting sued by Mattel. Instead he called it “Baddie.”

Which I find hilarious because this is a guy who not only uses a fake name because he’s supposedly some rebel street artist but who also covers his face to hide his identity. … … … and still he’s worried about getting sued. :/ The whole point of covering … … … never mind.

Shit! I remember I used to cover my face not only because I didn’t want to get arrested but because I didn’t want to get blacklisted in town. At the time I had a “normal” job. Not to mention every other street artist was doing it at the time and I thought that was gay. So when the Secret Service decided to knock on my door I kinda figured they did me a favor letting the cat was out of the bag in terms of my identity. 

So no more mask for me.

But back to being sued by Mattel.

A few years back I created this piece I called “Abortion Barbie” to screw with this lady Wendy Davis who was running for the Governorship of Texas. Her claim to fame was filibustering in support of Late term abortions. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe a woman should have the right to do with her body as she sees fit however there does come a time in a pregnancy that that small lump of cells becomes a person. In my opinion late term abortions are nothing more than pure butchery. So I enjoyed making this piece and the last thing on my mind was if Mattel was going to come after me. Shit! come at me! make me famous.

And I knew Senator Wendy Davis wasn’t going to come after me because she was too busy making hundreds of thousands of dollars using my art to generate campaign contributions.

From what I understand many on her staff were telling her to not give my work any attention but instead she ran with it which in the end, I believe, caused her to stumble and not put her focus where it needed to be. I say this because she was trying to distance herself from the name “Abortion Barbie” but my piece slammed it right back into her face. She eventually lost to now Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott.

So there I was standing out in the sidewalk wishing I has said something. Wishing I’d confronted the artist. … wishing … scared. Yeah scared, because like most everyone we try avoiding confrontations. and I believe the Left relies on this. People on the Right are generally mid mannered people who don’t like to stir the shit. When we see something we don’t like, for the most part, we just shrug it off and move on. But not this time. I remembered something Steve Bannon said recently, ‘these militant Leftists aren’t going to give us our country back, their not going to surrender the hold they have on the culture or the narrative. We’re going to have to fight to take it back. So I marched my happy little ass right back inside that gallery show to confront Plastic Jesus about what he meant by this piece and American culture. 

Well actually first I walked across the street for a few beers then I marched my happy little ass in there. 😉 Here is that unedited clip … the only “edits” are the commentaries I made overlapping the video.

Had I not been thrown out I’d of asked him why he didn’t include a bottle of prescription drugs with the piece. A large percentage of people who go on these shooting rampages are either on or coming off of prescriptionion medication. A rhetorical question because the Left has no interest in truly solving this problem. If they did they’d go after big pharm. But they don’t. Mass shootings are a means to an end for the Left, that being the complete confiscation of firearms and the abolishment of the 2nd Amendment. Hell considering 95% if not more of the people who go on mass shootings are democrats or non-republicans if they really wanted to put an end to mass shootings they’d make it illegal for democrats to own firearms. BOMB! a 90% drop in mass shootings over night.

I wanna feel bad about making a video like this because a swipe like this is pretty mean and I really don’t know this guy Plastic Jesus guy. For all I know he’s a good person I’d dig hanging out with, maybe a friend. … then again I remembered … we’re in the mist of a new civil war, a war of cultures. And those on the Left have had a free ride long enough. No more. If and when you can confront these people. Like Steve Bannon siad, lets put them in their place and take our country back.

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4 Comments

  1. Susan wilson
    02/28/2017

    From Canada; love your latest street art!! Gives me goose bumps! From a fellow artist. Beautiful.

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  2. Taggart
    03/01/2017

    You did an excellent job setting him up! Bravo!! . Thank you.

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  3. Sarah
    03/03/2017

    SO pretty much; Go to art show. Can’t critique the art. Please leave.

    And that guy was so cringy with his answers to the questions. ugh…

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  4. Grace Caroll
    05/13/2017

    Sabo, not only are you courageous and awesome, you are a funny guy! Love your inserted captions in the video, haha. Oh, and may God bless you for standing up for the voiceless unborn, especially when they’d be viable outside the womb, and for standing up to Wendy Davis in Texas! Unsavory!

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