The Sizzling Satire of Saint Hoax

Discovering a new artist is always a good thing. Discovering one who uses satire with such unabashed freedom and precision is rare. As often happens, I caught a sampling of Saint Hoax’s work thanks to a friend who posted a link to the video: Making America Misogynist Again (posted below). After viewing that eye-opener, I decided that looking a bit further was in order and found his website: Saint Hoax. Saint Hoax has two distinct flavors in his cut-to-the-quick satire. The first is the almost supernatural realism in his paintings of the super rich: Kim Kardashian, the Clinton’s, Queen Elizabeth, and other iconic figures. Not afraid to mix cultural…

Looking for the up-side

With so much happening, and at such a rapid-fire pace, it’s nearly impossible for the average person to keep up. Even members of the media are struggling with this endless torrent of weird, outrageous, and often insane behavior generated by this current administration. Every day is a new shock to the system. I do not exaggerate. Updates are out of date nearly as soon as they’re covered and posted, with readers scrambling to keep up with each new eruption. Gaslighting — a conscious attempt to confuse and distract — is a daily occurrence. “Look here, not there” is a ploy…

Hope, kindness, and a touch of snark

Confession: I’m weary to the bone of negativity and name-calling on social media — from both sides of the political chasm. So I’m working out how to navigate social media in a constructive way in this new year. How do we interrupt — and stand up to — the gross ignorance and intolerance of racism without falling into the trap of name-calling, snark, shaming, and tit-for-tat exchanges that too often dominate social media? Shaming doesn’t work, and we can’t just wish it away — and snark is so tempting, especially when you’re good at it. In response to me reflecting on how to…

The thousand-armed internet

The thousand-armed internet is throbbing in our collective consciousness. Whether that’s a good thing or bad depends on the day. One of the pitfalls of social media is that assumptions and reactions are way too easy to make. It can be especially challenging when daring to question a prevailing notion. The social media shrapnel for anyone daring to offer an alternative perspective or even ask an innocent question can be (literally) deadly. Before firing off a response to someone who posts a position that offends either through misinformation or pure nastiness, I recommend asking yourself these four questions: Am I reacting rather than responding? Am…

One of the good things…

… about being an entrepreneur, is that you can choose your own direction and reinvent at will. Every day is an opportunity to evaluate and refine your mission. Based on our successes in the past year, and my nearly total immersion in this endeavor, I’ve realized that the timing is perfect to reassess and redefine  focus, direction, and presentation. A lesson in life, no matter what your focus: if you’re not fulfilling your best and highest purpose, you can change it. It will take work, but that work will reap big rewards.