Mr. Brainwash

When we got our dog, we immediately went to PetSmart to get all her things, as you do. She is a bird dog, so my husband insisted we get her a stuffed pheasant. The girls and I agreed and bounced up and down and decided to call it Mr. Fezzy. Jim did not love that idea and wanted to call it “Bird.” I listened to a podcast the other day that referenced the artist, Mr. Brainwash. I wonder if he wishes when it was time to come up with a moniker, he’d had a sensible voice like Jim to say, “No, how about ‘Jon’? Or even ‘Artist’?” Personally, I like his actual name: Thierry Guetta. 

Well, what’s done is done. Here is MoJo with Bird.

And here is Mr. Brainwash:

Doesn’t he look like a fun guy? He was discovered by none other than Banksy, and there are some theories that MBW is a cover for Banksy, but I wholeheartedly disagree. MBW’s style is much less political and a lot more fun, if you ask me. If you’re a Madonna fan, you’ve seen his work on the cover of her 2009 CD, Celebration. He’s also done work for big names like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avicii (RIP), and Michael Jackson. The piece of art I recognized immediately was his Rock the Vote illustration we see every election year:
As you can see below, his art is influenced by many different artists like, Rockwell, Banksy (he’s not covering for Banksy! Don’t believe it!) and Warhol, to name a few. 

He’s fun and funky, right? I thought he was the perfect blog subject after I imposed spooky art on you the last couple weeks. Nothing scary here (except Marilyn Manson, of course. Sorry.)
Lots of critics call him a sell-out because he’s gone a little commercial (he did a gig for The Sunglass Hut, for instance). Big deal. He was discovered when he was a security guard at a used-clothing store, so I say if he wants to make his millions designing sunglasses and doing boutique openings, he should go for it! His mantra is “Life is Beautiful” and I guess if you’re going to be Mr. Brainwash, that’s a good message to send.

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