Human target decor: Bad mojo, very cool or just plain ugly?
For much of the sixties, seventies and eighties, Batman’s costume had a big yellow logo around the bat. Stylish? Debatable, but I think most of us would say no. Plus, the bright yellow circle made a pretty good target. As comics took a so-called grim and gritty turn in the 80′s, the emblem also seemed increasingly silly.
How silly? Watch this . . .
Surprisingly when writer / artist Frank Miller finally addressed the yellow oval emblem issue in the now classic 1986 graphic novel the Dark Knight Returns, Batman’s apparent incompetence made perfect sense. You just have to think like him (it’s easy if you try). If you know people are gunning for you and you don’t want them shooting at your head, encourage them to point someplace else (like your heavily armored chest). It made perfect comic book sense.
But trying to trick would-be shooters is not why I hung targets above my headboard. The people gunning for me are far too clever to be fooled by such an amateurish diversion. I just liked the targets (which I find disturbingly difficult to type without capitalizing ala Target). I’d been looking for something to hang above the bed ever since a reader named Tasha publicly skewered me for lecturing people on the importance of being original on one hand and then on the other hand, hypocritically hanging a large print of the Brooklyn Bridge I bought at Crate and Barrel* above my bed. While I normally don’t negotiate with readers (it emboldens them), Tasha had a point.
So when my friend Albert and I visited an ammunition shop in Melrose Park last summer after spending a torrential-y rainy day at Kiddie Land, the site of which will regrettably soon be a Costco, I was instantly attracted to a packet of targets that cost like two bucks. But I didn’t really know what to do with them, so they sat in my closet until a few weeks ago when in a stroke of inspiration, I bought some framing supplies at Blick, ordered a piece of glass cut at Devon-Clark Hardware, which I broke while trying to hang, bought another piece of glass at the same Devon-Clark Hardware store and the rest is history. So my question is, creepy or no?
My friend Marla says they were created for a bad purpose, so it’s bad mojo. But she lives in San Francisco. I like the repetition of the targets, and there’s just something graphic and cool about them. Even if objects do retain energy from their past (weapons, Nazi propaganda, any products ever mass produced), these targets were used for something else, something kind of creative, certainly. . . ugh . . . craft-y.** So I don’t sense any bad energy here, but I don’t entirely discount Marla’s energy theory for other types of objects. What do you think?
Tune in tomorrow. Same bat time! Same bat channel!
* Before I found Vintage Religion, which is a pretty great name for a blog or shop, don’t you think?
** But your crafts are really spectacular.