Taking The Mickey

Theo does quite a bit of “Taking The Mickey” in his art. 

Here he takes the mickey out of Andy Warhol’s, 1981, Quadrant Mickey Mouse/Myths.

Taking The Mickey
Taking The Mickey, digital image

The Collins English Dictionary has these definitions:

The Urban Dictionary has this definition:

Taking the mickey

Joking, doing something without intent.

Making fun of someone or something.

A less offensive way of saying taking the piss.

Psst wanna buy some posters

My art is worthy of bad thievery

I came across a scammy website that is selling pirated posters of my art for prices lower than their shipping costs. It appears that they capture images from websites and their goal is to phish photographers and artists when they try to take down their copyrighted images. Conveniently they are “Out of stock” of posters of my work. I won’t reveal the name or address of the scam website because I doubt that they would actually send you a poster.

I am posting a screenshot here of the copyright offender’s page and I expect that will reappear there as a recursive poster in the future.

Psst wanna buy a poster #1
Psst wanna buy a poster #1, screenshot of stolen art, digital image

Wanna buy a poster of my coffee table? Or a poster of my book cover? Don’t buy from these scammers. The coffee table is not for sale. Buy the How to Profit from Procrastination e-book on iBooks and get future editions for free.

Psst wanna buy a poster #2
Psst wanna buy a poster #2, screenshot of stolen art, digital image

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If you do want to buy a print of my art, check out genuine items I have for sale on Society6, Redbubble, or ArtPal

Too many winters

I am in the midst of my 53rd Winter. So far I have experienced 50 Autumns and 48 Springs, but only 47 Summers. How old am I? Why am I procrastinating Summer?

The seasons I have met (pie chart)
The seasons I have met (pie chart), digital image

One of the benefits of international travel is that I can spend time in different hemispheres, experiencing the different food, culture and people of the world. I grew up in the Southern Hemisphere where Christmas is in Summer and the school year matches the calendar year. But, 14 and a bit years ago I moved to the Northern Hemisphere for work and a different lifestyle. I now get a real Winter Christmas and the academic year spans two calendar years with a long break in the Northern Hemisphere Summer/Southern Hemisphere Winter.

One of the drawbacks of living on the other side of the equator from family and friends is the opposite seasons. With my immediate family in school, our local long Summer break is the only practical time for us to visit our antipodean whanau, who are then in the midst of their Winter.   

The seasons I have met (stacked)
The seasons I have met (stacked), digital image

Unseasonal days experienced during the season have not been counted, only prolonged exposure to the season experienced by the rest of the hemisphere at that time. 

For the purposes of my calculations, a season is counted if I was in a hemisphere experiencing any part of that season at the time. If I visit an opposite season and return before the end of the original season, the original season is only counted once – for example, I left the Northern Hemisphere Summer in June 2016, had four weeks of Southern Hemisphere Winter and returned to experience the remainder of the Northern Hemisphere Summer; earlier/later in the year I had another whole Northern Hemisphere Winter. I have only counted a season if I experienced it for at least one week – I do not remember any of the 21.5 hours of the summer of my birth.     

I am using the Meteorological definition of seasons:
Southern Autumn / Northern Spring: 1 March to 31 May
Southern Winter / Northern Summer: 1 June to 31 August
Southern Spring / Northern Autumn: 1 September to 30 November 
Southern Summer / Northern Winter: 1 December to 28 (29 in leap years) February
[Source https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/aboutseasons.html]


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Why did I choose the name Theo Heartist?

Theo is the short form of THEODORE, THEOBALD, and other names that begin with Theo.

Theodore comes from the Greek name Θεοδωρος (Theodoros), which meant “gift of god” from Greek θεος (theos) “god” and δωρον (doron)“gift”.

Theobald is derived from the Germanic elements theud “people” and bald “bold”.

Heartist is a made up word. The suffix -ist has several meanings:

  1. a person with a particular creative or academic role; eg. guitarist, one who plays guitar
  2. one who proscribes to a particular theological doctrine or religious denomination; eg. deist
  3. one who owns or manages something; eg. industrialist
  4. one who has a certain political tendency; eg. environmentalist
  5. a person who holds bigoted, partial views. eg. heightist

Hopefully only the first three meanings apply to Theo.

The prefix heart also has many meanings. In Theo’s case heart is courage, kindness and love, the center, the core, the essence, and the source or seat of emotions.

Therefore the name Theo Heartist can mean:

  • a bold courageous person (Theo is bolder than me)
  • a gift of God (Theo is the genius)
  • one who interacts with the heart of God
  • a communicator of his own and God’s emotions