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Putin Pussy Riot iPhone Case

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 by in My Political Art, Product Blog (Things I Sell)

Pussy Riot iPhone Case
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I have been very busy with my site, http://www.deardictators.com, and coming up with new products, including elaborate custom headcovers for golf, and even a Pussy Riot inspired iPhone case design. As I alluded to in my last blog, I have traded in canvas for the ipad mostly. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever paint on canvas again, it just means I am going to be making a lot more money doing this, hopefully.

Pussy Riot has been back in the news, and is even more popular than ever. This new case was even spied by the paparazzi. An American celebrity was rocking my Pussy Riot case and taking a photo of the people taking a photo of her, nice. Interesting, because I have only sold about 40 of them so far and have made little effort to advertize.

So you want to learn more about what I think about Pussy Riot and what went into designing this case? Well, here you go…

The idea for the artwork itself on this case was to satirize the overused poster effect by current street artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy, and I also wanted to poke fun at the Western understanding of the Pussy Riot fiasco.

While it is clear the punishment for the many minor crimes they committed was too severe, most in the West have used Pussy Riot as the poster child for the supposed repression of Vladimir Putin. They don’t realize that Pussy Riot would have faced not just 7 years as in Russia, but 100s of years under American law and registration as sex offenders for life. In fact, America routinely doles out minimum-mandatory 5 year sentences like they were candy for the mere possession of marijuana despite a sweeping push towards legalization at the state level.

It is this sort of irony that persuaded me to do the design for this case. I don’t agree with all of what President Putin does, but in the case of Pussy Riot I can definitely articulate what his emotions are when it comes to them. It is a shame Americans don’t learn Russian like we learn English…the prison slang and humor Putin uses when speaking makes this case an absolute illustration of his fun loving and brutally sarcastic character.

I hope people are reminded when they think about Pussy Riot, that these very same abuses of power are happening right at home, to people just like them. Long sentences as the result of dissent and authoritarianism are not unique to Russia, in fact, the problem is far worse in America than it is in Russia. Look at Bradley Manning. Think about what would happen to a group of Islamists storming into a church in America and shouting slogans. Do you think America would not make them political prisoners? Gitmo is the answer to that question.

I have been asked a lot recently what I think specifically about Pussy Riot. While I personally don’t condone going into a church and disrupting the old/grieving, or cutting down historical religious symbols (no different logic than extremists in Egypt who want to destroy the pyramids, or importance than the polytheistic symbols of ancient Greece) compassion works better in all cases, including their punishment. We all go through the phase of youth, and not too long ago I might have even joined them, because Russia does need change, and young people have a right to be pissed off about a lot of things. Of course I feel there is a more intelligent way to get the message across, but you cannot deny their success. I have my own methodology, they have theirs.

Even though my views on Pussy Riot are much more moderated than most people I think assume, probably because I looked the part of an anti-establishment feminist in university not to long ago, I do see a huge hypocrisy going on ignoring everything Western people think about them. Here’s what bothers me the most…

While publicly the orthodox church has said they are compassionate, I don’t believe it. This is bullshit. The leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church is more focused on dehumanizing homosexual people and doing the very things Jesus (whether divine or not) specifically told them not to do. Ok, maybe these things are actually secondary to serving themselves, and just a means of which to gain a majority from the ignorance of the undereducated masses.

I would never disrespect any philosophy of love as long as the people who practice it really are selfless in their actions. I have no issues with the Christian philosophy, I have an issue with those who twist religious logic and brainwash the weak-minded with their version of fantasy simply for their own gain. This is what the leadership of religious organizations everywhere are doing. In Russia they are trying to corrupt the political system after many wonderful decades free of any one religion corrupting internal politics. The Soviet Union had many faults, but there would not have been a workable union at all if religion became the center of national politics. Unfortunately, the world likely will never become unified as humans before destroying itself, and religion being part of government is the main reason that is the case now.

While I don’t quite understand all of Pussy Riot’s motivations, and I’ve watched most of their videos, there is no doubt in my mind that they are putting pressure on those who would get in the way of the younger generations that they are being watched. Pussy Riot may have modified its message as they matured and got the attention they were seeking in the first place, but it is great that they have made it a broader scope then what they were about before. Pussy Riot is acting as a political dashcam currently, and this is a good thing.

To the people who are against them, and there are many, even young people, I think time will prove that they were on to something, just like Sinead O’Connor.

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