well, I actually liked this one ! =OOO
it started a bit randomly, I was sketching something futuristic and the general idea of an alley came up. I freaking love post-apocalyptic stuff as you guys might have noticed already.
Needless to say, the piece was inspired by fallout, bioshock, x-men, district 9 and, as strange as it may seem, I got some inspiration from some nigerian music (Fela Kuti's "Water No Get Enemy" it has nothing to do with the picture itself but I don't know how to explain how it inspired me xP)
It's about a post-nuclear holocaust world where humans try to live anywhere they can, in this case, there's a fallout shelter that the remaining humans of the area use as a "safe" spot against mutants, aberrations, radiation and all that good stuff, it's literally a "mutant-free zone". As natural, humans developed a feeling of deep hate against everything that's not what they label as "normal". Mutants, even tho former humans (or still humans) are considered lower, dangerous pieces of crap that must be shot. The mutant portrayed was a former human-shelter habitant, but things went pretty bad for the poor fella and he became a creepy aberration. His family still lives in the shelter and his daughter goes out everyday to meet him and then returns home by sunset. Well, I wanted to transmit a message about prejudice...
The thing about prejudice came up when I was discussing religion with some friends of mine and some of their views kinda shocked me. We're all in university and a friend of mine still thinks/acts like a high school islam hater kid. I'm christian, more of a spiritualist than a really "church-religious" christian. I'm kinda open minded about religion, to me, everything is fine as long as you don't try to convert me aggressively or to make me believe there's only one RIGHT faith. I know that expansion is what most religions are about and islam particularly has a great deal of expansionism associated with it, the thing that people don't understand is that in general, muslims aren't always trying to make you a muslim and the Jihad is not all about exploding people and purging the infidels, well, at least not anymore. Things are more civilized in the eastern world, and Islam, ultra fundamentalist groups apart, as many other minor and major religions, has changed since it's conception. Sure, the jihad and the sharia still exist and they hit pretty hard sometimes, mainly in places where some kind of extremism or authoritarianism is present, but that doesn't reflect the muslim world as a whole as some christian conducts by some fundamentalist groups don't reflect the christian world as a whole too. The large-grand-great majority of muslims don't act like barbarians, they think, they have moral principles and not everyone is a fundamentalist bastard that wants to play "Blow The Christian Up". Almost every religion has an innate will of expansion but that doesn't mean that their followers need to act like a mindless genghis-khanesque expansionist hate mob. Of course there are extremists everywhere but I firmly believe that these people are pretty far from the essence of religion and God itself (whatever/whoever it/he may be or not for you). The thing is, make your point, argument in a civilized manner and don't impose your thing on others, if someone accepts what you say, fine, if it rejects, well, whatever. Taoism, Hinduism, Islamism, Judaism, Christianity, Atheism, Umbanda, Buddhism, Shintoism, Sikhism and whatever you may come up with is ok to me, choose one, don't bother me as I won't bother you and be happy. Your religion is right, my religion is right, his/her religion is right, our religion is right, live on.
We had a serious discussion about Islam and I realized how hatefully ignorant SOME university students may be. There were serious, interesting and plausible arguments by some of the people involved, but one person was just a big "WTF?". I'm not saying that Islam is the thing, with all due respect to every real muslim (people that I really admire), it has just as many problems as any other religion/ideology/thing-ran-by-humans has, but people, mainly christian occidentals (I am a christian occidental btw), must go beyond Bin-Laden, Iran, terrorism, Ahmadinejad and all that stuff that is shown by the news. I just hate blind, ignorant people who use non-sensical arguments to curse followers of other faiths, which happens a lot against Islam, as it has become so common to hate any "arab" nowadays (arabs are not always muslims for god's sake). If you have something bad to say about anything, please use arguments that make sense and I'll be happy to discuss with you, if not, just be quiet. But in the end it's all about tolerance, people, it's all about tolerance for both sides.
and those two paragraphs were pretty much useless, I guess you don't give a damn about my religious views. haha x)
hope you like it
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