Above: I created this USE VINNIE, HE’S EASY! illo for a magnetic business card that I sent to art directors. In retrospect it probably limited my ability to access the more family oriented publications. Word got back to me often enough from friends in the biz who saw this magnet prominently displayed on editor’s desks around NYC. At least they liked the magnet.

Top Right: An illo that ran on the JT Leroy website. If you don’t know the story of JT Leroy, one of the greatest literary hoaxes of all time, then do yourself a favor and Google it. I won’t spoil the majestic story here other than to say that JT, in guise as a journalist, contacted me to write about the VTC project for FLAUNT Magazine, which he/she did. We talked on the phone a few times and periodically teamed up our PR campaigns by his providing me the addresses of celebs and my sending VTC’s to them on his behalf. Thanks to JT, Debbie Harry (Blondie) came up to me at a party and said “So, Vinnie, tell about your tampon case.” (Full disclosure: I had a giant Debbie Harry poster over my bed in high school)

My concept for the illo was to draw JT as an androgynous black hole sucking in stars and all other matter. JT and I never spoke about this portrait other than his/her appreciation when he/she posted it to his/her website (note:when we spoke on the phone JT would very matter-of-factly say “I’m a boy and a girl!”).

Center Right: A t-shirt I designed for the I WAS RAPED project created by writer/activist Jennifer Baumgardner. Excerpt fom Jezebel.com: It’s a pale pink shirt with an illustration of a safe, and inside the safe is a note emblazoned with the words “I was raped” — but the spirit of provocation remains the same. “By having an object like this,” Baumgardner explains to the New York Times, “that’s so mundane, it sort of forces [rape] into everyday conversation.”

From Newsblogger, AOL NEWS: Writer and activist Jennifer Baumgardner has created a new T-shirt (with the guy who invented the ’90s staple “Vinnie’s Tampon Case”). The shirt reads: “I was raped.”

In a New York Times story about the shirts, journalist Susan Dominus writes: What was she going for? A shirt that would let rape victims “own the experience,” [Baumgardner] says, and would help chip away the cone of silence that surrounds a crime with humiliation at its core.

A woman on the website Scarleteen.com, which is selling the shirts, writes, What it illustrates is how difficult rape can be to speak about, and how often those of us who have survived sexual assaults and abuses feel (largely because we are told, by our rapists and by the people around us) it is something shameful we must keep locked up inside ourselves: the open safe is a gesture of unlocking that silence, having that conversation, refusing to keep something which is often so huge so deeply hidden and silenced.

Directly Right: An illustration of an elephant contentedly dealing with his problem acne.

Below Acne Elephant: An illustration that appeared in FLAUNT magazine.

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All designs ©2008 Vinnie Angel


All designs ©2008 Vinnie Angel