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Tote Bag

Joseph Walrave (joseph)

Where is my cell?

by Joseph Walrave

Our quality crafted Tote Bags are hand sewn in America using durable, yet lightweight, poly poplin fabric. All seams and stress points are double stitched for durability. Available in 13" x 13", 16" x 16" and 18" x 18" variations, the tote bags are washable, feature original artwork on both sides and a sturdy 1" wide cotton webbing strap for comfortably carrying over your shoulder.


'Where is my cell?' is inspired by 'What God Wants, Part III' from 'Amused to Death' by Roger Waters. Towards the end of the song while the television is pumping out propaganda as in:
"And the bullets fly
And the rivers run dry
And the fat girls sigh
And the network anchor persons lie
And the soldier's alone
In the video zone"

The line "But the monkey's not watching" seems to express a hope that the monkey, a metaphor for the human species, will overcome the influence of mass media which is TV. In all three "What God Wants" songs, an alien tells animals "don't look so suprised"; as if the message is obvious. Following this two animal embodiments of either religon, laughing, or thievery do what they are told. The last animal, a monkey, writes in his book as if he's not learning anything only absorbing the alien's words [source:].

[ collage of ink and water-solluble wax pastels on A4 paper (Canson beige 224 g/m2) ]

Complete lyrics of 'What God Wants, Part III' by Roger Waters:

Don't be afraid, it's only business
The alien prophet sighed
The vulture and the magpie took
The cash box from its hook
The monkey in the corner wrote
The figures in his book
Crazed the checkout lady's fingers
Flash across the till
And the captain posts
The menu of the day
And in banks across the world
Christians Moslems Hindus Jews
And people of every
Race creed colour tint or hue
Get down on their knees and pray
The racoon and the groundhog
Neatly make up bags of change
But the monkey in the corner
Well he's slowly drifting out of range
Christ is freezing inside
The veterans cries
The hyenas break cover
And stream through the meadow
And the fog rolls in
Through his bottle of gin
So he picks up a stone
That looks like a bone
And the bullets fly
And the rivers run dry
And the fat girls sigh
And the network anchor persons lie
And the soldier's alone
In the video zone
But the monkey's not watching
He's slipped out to the kitchen
To pile the dishes
And answer the phone

ALVAREZ commented on December 16, 2011 9:08am
Joseph Walrave commented on December 16, 2011 9:58am
Hi Alvarez, nice to hear you like it that much! ;-) greetings, Joseph
Paul Prinzip commented on December 23, 2011 1:55am
great concept/work!
Angelo Cerantola commented on December 23, 2011 2:13am
I like this very much!
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on May 24, 2012 2:43pm
I really like your drawing style, Joseph!
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