#155 Place & Space & Face

#158 Place & Space & Face
#158 Place & Space & Face
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California is now the epicenter of the United States. Gotta do better than “watch your space & cover your face”— we need to seriously
STAY IN PLACE!

We’re real­iz­ing (I’m not one bit sur­prised) how much dam­age was done over the 4th of July week­end by those who won’t wear a mask & won’t keep their dis­tance & won’t even try to halt spread­ing the virus. Seems they want their “free­dom” but unfor­tu­nate­ly it seems they don’t exact­ly under­stand the con­cept.

I’m ashamed & angry at so many of my fel­low Amer­i­cans who are so god­damn stu­pid and self-​righteous, that they are spread­ing the coro­n­avirus exten­sive­ly, much of it to oth­er idiots who won’t stay put or won’t wear a mask (some of whom have got­ten sick & learned their les­son) … but sad­ly, and far more dev­as­tat­ing­ly, to those who are old­er, in poor health already, and try­ing their best to prac­tice safe mea­sures. Sad­ly, many of those who have no choice but to stay in place (crip­pled, elder­ly, nurs­ing home patients — now even babies) are the very ones who are dying. 

To the assholes:

Come on, those of you who won’t stay home, won’t wear a mask, let’s show some con­sid­er­a­tion. Swal­low your fuck­ing pride and admit you are not invin­ci­ble. Real­ize you are spread­ing this virus. Admit you might even be scared. Because this is scary. You are scary.


The other version.

In my last Amper­Art, I urged every­one to be more con­sid­er­ate of oth­ers & watch out for our own lives by fol­low­ing the exam­ple set by a very sane char­ac­ter, the amper­sand, who does wear a mask.l I offered posters, cards, even iron-​on T‑shirt trans­fers.

Download, print & iron-on image to a T-shirt.

But appar­ent­ly that did­n’t work. Throngs of peo­ple par­tied, shoul­der to shoul­der, & did not cov­er their faces. The virus spread big time. Cal­i­for­nia (where I live) now has more cas­es than New York. It has more cas­es than any oth­er state in the whole US. So we can no longer just keep six feet apart. Or ten. Or twelve. We must stay put. Of course it’s not pos­si­ble for some of us, and kudos to those who are on the front lines and risk­ing their lives work­ing for the rest of us.

But going out and par­ty­ing? Those morons are mur­der­ers. Plain and sim­ple.

I don’t know if this will even help, but if you want to spread the mes­sage (not the virus), you can print & wear these T‑shirts to remind oth­ers to be safe & con­sid­er­ate, until this pan­dem­ic is over and life is (sort of) back to nor­mal.

SHOULD I SELL THESE?

If you think I should make these shirts available as products for purchase, whether you’d wear one or not, please let me know in the comments.
(Would you wear one?)

To make T‑shirt:

INSTRUCTIONS: Down­load PDF or png image, print onto Avery T‑Shirt Trans­fer sheet using an inkjet print­er (not a laser print­er), & iron onto T‑shirt. Vis­it this Avery page for details & where to pur­chase trans­fer sheets (most office sup­ply & craft stores). You can also have the image print­ed onto a T‑shirt by some local spe­cial­ty shops or online T‑shirt print­ers.

Print these posters to remind others to be play it safe:

Print letter-size announcement

Print these poster-​style notices onto standard-​size paper & post all around.

Or be real discreet:

Drop these business-​size reminders around the room & acci­den­tal­ly into pock­ets & purs­es

Business card size

Down­load this sheet of 12 business-​card-​size notes & print on card stock or even plain paper. Trim & spread the word to end this pan­dem­ic.



Concept & design

The phrase is kin­da hokey, but it’s mem­o­rable & gets the point across. I first saw it on a flash­ing road sign, think­ing it was some ama­teur attempt at clever poet­ry. But then I dis­cov­ered it’s ubiq­ui­tous across the nation, maybe around the world (prob­a­bly would­n’t rhyme every­where, though). So I thought Why not, I’ll spread it even fur­ther with Amper­Art. 

#158 Place & Space & Face

The top amper­sand, Mr. Ser­pen­tine — well, he’s the most con­sid­er­ate of all, plant­i­ng him­self firm­ly in place.

The social-​distancing amper­sands have dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties, as we humans do. There’s ele­gant Mr. Bodoni, cute lit­tle Babes in Toy­land, fun-​loving Ms. Great Vibes, bor­ing Com­ic Sans, sol­id Mr. Rock­well & classy Mrs. Win­some.

Last but not least, Mr. Gil Sans sets a good exam­ple by cov­er­ing his face. Masks have even become styl­ish fash­ion state­ments.

Your opinion matters:

T-shirt: ampersand wearing mask

If you think I should make these shirts avail­able as qual­i­ty prod­ucts for pur­chase, whether you would wear one or not, please let me know in the com­ments. (Um…would you wear one?)

Thanks for help­ing end this incom­pre­hendible, dev­as­tat­ing pan­dem­ic.

Have a fun & fantastic summer, even if you end up with a weird tan line on your face.


Production notes for #158 Place & Space & Face:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Programs: Adobe Photoshop
Font, text: Helvetica Extra Condensed
Fonts, ampersands:
Staying in place: Serpentine
Social distancing, top to bottom: Bodoni, Great Vibes, Babes in Toyland, Comic Sans (the boring one), Winsome, Rockwell
Wearing a mask: Gill Sans
Credits:
Mask: deposit​pho​tos​.com

Note: &” replaces “and” in most or all text, including quotations, headlines & titles.
You may repost the image & article. Please credit Amper​Art​.com.
To download a full-​size high-​resolution 11x17-​inch poster suitable for printing & framing, click on the image.

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#155 Maintain Your Space & Cover Your Face

#155 Maintain Your Space & Cover Your Face
#155 Maintain Your Space & Cover Your Face
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This is a high-​resolution pdf & may take a few minutes to download.
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The pandemic is entering a dangerous new phase for summer 2020.

We’ll soon real­ize how much dam­age has been done over the recent 4th of July week­end by those who won’t wear a mask & won’t keep their dis­tance & won’t even try to halt spread­ing the virus. Now that the big hol­i­day week­end is over with, & the next isn’t until Labor Day, maybe we can be more con­sid­er­ate of oth­ers & watch out for our own lives by fol­low­ing the exam­ple set by our friend the amper­sand who does wear a mask:

Download, print & iron-on image to a T-shirt.

Print & wear these T‑shirts to remind others to be safe & sane.

SHOULD I SELL THESE?

If you think I should make these shirts available as products for purchase, whether you’d wear one or not, please let me know in the comments.
(Um…would you wear one?)

To make T‑shirt:

INSTRUCTIONS: Down­load PDF or png image, print onto Avery T‑Shirt Trans­fer sheet using an inkjet print­er (not a laser print­er), & iron onto T‑shirt. Vis­it this Avery page for details & where to pur­chase trans­fer sheets (most office sup­ply & craft stores). You can also have the image print­ed onto a T‑shirt by some local spe­cial­ty shops or online T‑shirt print­ers.

Print these posters to remind others to be play it safe:

Print letter-size announcement

Print these poster-​style notices onto standard-​size paper & post all around.

Or be real discreet:

Drop these business-​size reminders around the room & acci­den­tal­ly into pock­ets & purs­es

Business card size

Down­load this sheet of 12 business-​card-​size notes & print on card stock or even plain paper. Trim & spread the word to end this pan­dem­ic.



Concept & design

This piece went through more con­cept and design iter­a­tions than I care to recall. The entire piece was fin­ished as the com­plete “mot­to” we’ve seen in PSAs all over town, shown here:

The original concept

But then, right before upload­ing, on June 30, I saw the head­lines:

As patients rapid­ly fill hos­pi­tals, the pan­dem­ic may be enter­ing a dan­ger­ous new phase.
States set records for hos­pi­tal­iza­tions & man­date face masks.

Rather than post­ing the orig­i­nal Amper­Art with the phrase that’s preva­lent every­where, I scrapped it and decid­ed to cre­ate a tru­ly use­ful piece which hope­ful­ly will remind (or urge) enough peo­ple to “main­tain your space & cov­er your face” to pre­vent the spread of the coro­n­avirus & maybe save a life or two. Mean­ing wher­ev­er you are, you’ll be a liv­ing PSA wear­ing the shirt, tap­ing up posters, or hand­ing out cards to help end this pan­dem­ic.

I was able to pub­lish the new design by dead­line (last minute of June 2020) but it took a few more days to ren­der sev­er­al lay­outs & for­mats to tru­ly help the cause with reminder posters, tiny notes & T‑shirt imprints.

T-shirt: ampersand wearing mask

Your opin­ion mat­ters:

If you think I should make these shirts avail­able as prod­ucts for pur­chase, whether you’d wear one or not, please let me know in the com­ments. (Um…would you wear one?)

Thanks for help­ing end this incom­pre­hendible, dev­as­tat­ing pan­dem­ic.

Have a fun & fantastic summer, even if you end up with a weird tan line on your face.


Production notes for #155 Maintain Your Space & Cover Your Face:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Programs: Adobe Photoshop
Font, text: Helvetica
Font, ampersand: Gill Sans
Credits:
Mask: deposit​pho​tos​.com

Note: &” replaces “and” in most or all text, including quotations, headlines & titles.
You may repost the image & article. Please credit Amper​Art​.com.
To download a full-​size high-​resolution 11x17-​inch poster suitable for printing & framing, click on the image.

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#153 I’m a Poet & Don’t Know It

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#153 I’m a Poet & Don’t Know It
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This phrase always makes me smile

The words “I’m a poet & don’t know it” bring back mem­o­ries of my mom, whose birth­day is today, May 26, & of my Uncle Har­vey, who lived to 96 (Mom passed away at 84). He was a dairy farmer, & eat­ing healthy home-​grown veg­eta­bles & drink­ing the fresh­est milk pos­si­ble no doubt con­tributed to his longevi­ty, not to men­tion his cheer­ful spir­it.

Uncle Har­vey was Mom’s favorite broth­er, & I could see why. They were always smil­ing, some­times a lit­tle goofy, & were of the high­est integri­ty (as were all her sib­lings & par­ents).

Mom used to tell me how Uncle Har­vey would some­times inad­ver­tent­ly rhyme a cou­ple words, then exclaim “Hey, I’m a poet & don’t know it.” Just imag­in­ing how he would say that with his great big grin makes me smile.

Train ride to the farm in Indiana

I enjoyed vis­it­ing the farm my mom grew up on (although she yearned for the big city, hence moved to Los Ange­les – I too am a city boy, although I enjoy farms, farm ani­mals & all those crops of fresh veg­eta­bles). Vist­ing the farm in Indi­ana at ages 7 & 10, I recall the clickety-​clackety train ride (we could­n’t afford to fly, & I am so glad for that as the train was a won­der­ful expe­ri­ence); watch­ing my uncle gath­er the eggs, milk the cows, & har­vest the crops. Have you ever had fresh milk straight from the udder? What a deli­cious, whole­some fla­vor. (Chilled would be even bet­ter, but even warm it was unbe­liev­ably deli­cious.) I loved pet­ting the cows, the smell of the hens, watch­ing the pigs roll around in the mud, & hear­ing the roost­er wake us up in the morn­ing (just like in the car­toons).

Flying light bulbs

There were wild things I’d nev­er seen before: light­ning bugs that lit up at night, cater­pil­lars that were big, green & half-​an-​inch in diam­e­ter. Grand­ma made home­made bread & jam like I’d nev­er tast­ed before; now I know why my mom was such a great cook. The farm house was full of antiques like a hand-​crank Vic­tro­la & a pot-​bellied stove. I’ll nev­er for­get bit­ing into a fresh apple right off the tree – not any old apple, but a crab apple. Zowie, that was sour! All the fresh berries made up for it, though.

The only bad expe­ri­ence was the one & only time I’ve had an aller­gic reac­tion to any­thing. I rode with Uncle Har­vey on the trac­tor to har­vest hay, & when I returned to the house I was sneez­ing & itch­ing & break­ing out all over. Baths & oint­ments lat­er, I guess it final­ly went away. I can’t remem­ber when I’ve been so mis­er­able!

To this day I cher­ish those vis­its to the farm. I real­ized why my mom was such a good, whole­some per­son. (My dad was too, but he was from the city, Chica­go.)

Farm animals

I real­ly love farm ani­mals. When I dis­cov­ered a farm ani­mal sanc­tu­ary here in River­side Coun­ty, Cal­i­for­nia, I imme­di­ate­ly signed up to donate every month. What I real­ly look for­ward to is get­ting a group togeth­er to take a tour, meet the ani­mals & espe­cial­ly hug the blind cow. (Vis­it saler​anch​sanc​tu​ary​.org.)

Hope, the blind cow, found a friend in Faith, anoth­er res­cue cow.

Watch their sto­ry of res­cue & friend­ship on YouTube, where you can see oth­er heart­warm­ing videos about Sale Ranch Ani­mal Sanc­tu­ary.

I cher­ish meet­ing all my aunts & uncles on my moth­er’s side back in Indi­ana (Dad­dy’s fam­i­ly was here in Cal­i­for­nia); the train rides; & expe­ri­enc­ing every­thing about the farm (except the hay). I am grate­ful to have grown up with lov­ing & respectable par­ents – in a way that goes many times over for our mom, for she raised us all by her­self since Dad­dy died when we were still young­sters.

Happy Birthday Mom

Hap­py Birth­day to my lov­ing, ded­i­cat­ed & always-​smiling moth­er.
I would­n’t want any oth­er.

Hey, I’m a poet & don’t know it!



Production notes for #153 I’m a Poet & Don’t Know It:
Original size: 20x30 inches

Programs: Adobe Illustrator
Font: Wendy
Ampersand: Wendy
Credits:
Background image: deposit​pho​tos​.com (modified)

Note: &” replaces “and” in most or all text, including quotations, headlines & titles.
You may repost the image & article. Please credit Amper​Art​.com.
To download a full-​size high-​resolution 11x17-​inch poster suitable for printing & framing, click on the image.

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An occasional bit of useful advice.
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