The mixing of visual metaphors is, of course, nifty--the Iwo Jima picture and the American Flag. But it's the alteration of those metaphors that's so cool. Turning the flag into a bar code--a bar code printed, it seems, in blood. Turning the American Flag, for which those Marines fought (supposedly), into the Jolly Roger. On a technical level, I love how the organic curves of the Iwo Jima sillhouette contrast with the straight horizontal lines of the flag. Does the bar code have any significance? Finally, I like the way the bar code seems lit from behind with the most powerful light source in the center. It makes the picture "pop" more.
I'm a word guy more than a picture guy . . . I'm not so sure I'd use that tagline, "We dream of ways to break these iron bars." That's more cliché. They aren't iron bars--they're bars of blood (that's why they're red). So if you said "We dream of ways to break these bars of blood," that would be better. Not great, but better. I think even better is "Fighting to Defend the Stars and Stripes of Blood" or something. But why do you need a tagline?
I don't think I have enough skills to write you a critique so I will simply share my thoughts on this great piece of art. It conveys the message in a straightforward and yet meaningful, deep, multi-sided way.
The main graphic idea is simply perfect, and so is the use of contrasting colors which also have a well-recognised meaning (red and black = blood and death). Turning what has been a triumphal picture depicting victory into a subtly violent one adds even more quality to this concept.
The only tiny thing that doesn't appal to my taste is the use of the pirate "brand", as I see pirates as opponents to the established powers and so a positive, though violent, force. But I can see what you meant and you also made me reflect on how much pirates actually were dangerous and violent and a menace for peace.
Well, I don't get it. When i see this picture, there is something i like and there is also something I hate. I can't figure out what is what. Maybe it the Red, the code bar. Ammm, I don't know. Like I said, I don't get it.
Hi. I run this here little anarchist/anti-authoritarian artists group called The Red and Black Artists Coalition. We basically collect any and all subversive type artwork and display it together in one gallery so that all the artists involved may get better exposure and have the support of like-minded people.
I was wondering if I could add this particular piece of writing of yours to our gallery. Also, if you have anything else you'd like us to add, please let us know!
I meant picture. Can we use this picture. I had just gotten through requesting the use of someone's written text and I guess I copied the message I sent them and accidentally sent it to you. I've been doing this all night and I guess I got it mixed up. >.<;;;