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What is that pink bear in Skinny's avatar? Is it a cartoon character? I've seen him switch to different versions of it.
It's called Gloomy Bear by the artist Mori Chak. The intention was to create an ironic, sarcastic version of "Hello Kitty" and the like by giving it the personality of a real bear. It speaks against the anthropomorphism of animals in culture, etc, blah blah artsy crap.
It kind of 'backfired' in a way, that it became hugely popular in japan a few years ago, and now the guy is a millionaire I just like the message and imagery behind it. I even have a print on my wall from the official store when it still existed, and some figures laying around too.
Actually this should be on the "proudest moments of Vancouver" thread, without Skinny Puppy and Frontline Assembly, there would be no industrial music (well it goes back to acts like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire, but most were influenced by these two Vancouver bands)
Don't know where else to post this...but why did all the threads in the Auto Detailing forum get deleted? That section used to be filled with tips, ideas and examples of work from different detailers including 911Fanatic (Ken).