JIM LUCIO

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Aunt Jemima’s Relatives are suing Quaker Oats for a shit ton of pancakes for using her likeness without permission.  Other information that’s come out says that when the Aunt Jemima packaging was redesigned in the 80s, it was based on the likeness of AJ’s youngest daughter.  And all this time I thought it was based on the likeness of Oprah Winfrey or a black Betty Crocker.

Relatives also allege that Quaker Oats (and perhaps parent company, Pepsi) has reflected “an innate form of disrespect towards African American people in general.”  You definitely get that in the old advertising.

I love Aunt Jemima and have used her likeness in a few handmade illustrations that theme around labeling, stereotypes and product perceptions.

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(X) PRIMAL PLEASURE.

Mixed Race Romances!

Liana — “Her Color Was No Barrier — To Men.” I guess women don’t like her color.  Either way, she is hot and so is the white dude in the nicely fitting swimming outfit.  Sadly, the back of the book says Liana’s story “ends on a note of tragic inevitability.”

Kundu — Can you just feel the pulsing, explosive beat that drives white men crazy?  The back cover confirms this, “white exiles, each secretly roused by the primitive frenzy.”  And description gets more colorful, “fetid villages and wind-cooled valleys, of barbaric natives and over-civilized whites.”

Making way for a clean getaway, so lots of cool stuff I’ve collected over the years going up on Ebay.

Surface design. Tabletop I designed about ten years ago using old tins.

Grocery Store Poster project. Analog and digital design.

POWER STEW.
Gender specific stews are hot right now!

Street Scene.

Strong enough for a woman, but made for a man! Can you imagine any man buying a beer with this label?? I could!

Smells Like Ass! My new Fragrance.

Prints available at: http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Collage-Smells-Like-Ass/717084/2084820/view

ORIGINALS.

This is my native language.

Blackface/Wyteface.

If you haven’t noticed by now, my work often reflects and comments on American culture, advertising, branding and the general state of humanity as I see it. 

I can’t usually get through a commercial without groaning or making fun of it. A ride on the subway means dissecting the force-fed advertising to understand the true meaning of what the advertisers are  saying. A tabloid rack once-over leaves me both fuming and entertained.

Bombarded. Senses assaulted. Rampant fear mongering. Consumer Coma- Inducing.  Inspired and feeling someone violated, I tend to look at most advertising, packaging and consumer goods with a subverted eye and weighty skepticism.

I was thinking about all this as I was working on the piece posted here when I came across an ad for a product from 1949 called Wyteface.  You tell me what Keuffel & Esser were thinking with this word choice. Was it really to set itself apart from all the yellow measuring tapes?

I love when I’m working on something and an overt example of why I’m doing it passes before me.

Production line. Ideas coming together. #collage #analog #art

Full Taste! Simple products. #art

Working at the beach. #workinprogress #art #analog

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