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Larry West
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
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My name is Larry West. I'm an illustrator/graphic designer from Philadelphia, PA. I've been featured in newspapers and interviewed a bunch of times, and I love doing artwork that bends people's minds and makes them think.

I'm available for commissions and gallery shows.

Current Residence: Philadelphia, PA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Large
Favorite genre of music: Heavy Metal
Favorite style of art: Pop-Art
Operating System: Windows 8
MP3 player of choice: Samsung Galaxy S4
Favorite cartoon character: Duckman
Personal Quote: As long as there is life on earth, there will be war.
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Can't I Just be Larry? by luvataciousskull
Can't I Just be Larry?
I originally wrote this on July 16, 2013, and posted this image on my website. In light of recent events, I feel its appropriate for me to post it here.



Can't I just be Larry?

It's a simple question, and I don't think it has to be a difficult answer. In fact, its a question I haven't had to ask myself for the last 8 years. I always knew the answer, and the answer was yes. I was always myself, and around 8 years ago I just decided to be who I was and be happy about it. I was a guy who loved art, metal and punk, skateboarding, and played the guitar who loved cartoons.

What happened? Everyone in America decided that wasn't good enough.

In my life, I've rarely met racial discrimination against myself. On a whole, it didn't really exist. I had seen it happen to my Filipino friends, I saw other blacks do it to whites, and I saw whites do it to blacks. But myself? Rarely, if ever. At worst, I was called a nigger by someone in high school twice, reported him to the Dean, and that ended that. I never knew the kid, never met him before or since. It was just some random jerk.

Actually, no, I have dealt with racial discrimination. A LOT. In college, a lot of my classmates said I was "white" because I listened to metal and punk. I was called "white" by a lot of blacks in high school and grade school because I spoke well and articulately. I was called a "race traitor" by other blacks because I had a mohawk. Then, eventually, it stopped. People learned that I was just... well, me. I wasn't what they thought I was, I wasn't something and, more importantly, someone they could fit into a box. I was Larry. I was a unique person.

Then the Zimmerman verdict came in, and everyone seemed to think that wasn't good enough.

People I knew for years, people who didn't have a racist bone in their body, started to post that it was now "open season on young black men", that "young black men" needed to be "protected". Soon, everyone was telling "young black men" that they should be outraged over it, that we were all now targets and walking breathing prey for the horrible evil racist people who would want to shoot us! That now, more than anytime possible, our very lives were in constant threat!

To me, that was the most offensive part of everything. It wasn't the outcome of the trial; it was how people began to react to it.

In their effort to emphasize with the victim, in their pursuit to make themselves understand what happened, they would up going to far. Instead of making it about the victim, they began to decide that they needed to stand up for everyone like him.

Comments like the ones I relayed, of how I am now a "target"... it doesn't make my life easier. In fact, it makes it a lot harder. It paints this picture that I'm not able to stand up for myself, even though I know I can. It makes it so that I can't just be a young man in America. Instead, I HAVE to be a "young black man", and that I have to fit into your neat little box of what that means.

What does it mean to be a "young black man"? To a lot of people, it means listening to hip-hop, dressing like a thug, not speaking intelligently, being constantly tempted by drugs, and most of all struggling. For a lot of people, they think that all the rap videos are a good example of what it means to be black. Then again, I know a lot of people don't think that, and I've met a lot of them during my life. They know that, more than anything, I'm a human being, but more importantly, I'm also an American.

That's what we're missing in this. This conversation seems to be painting blacks as "the other" again, when really we haven't been for a while now. Look at the President! Look at the people in the White House for the last 10 years, look at the mayors, the governors, the way we're ok with interracial marriage and how shocked we are when someone discriminates against someone because of their skin color.

Look, for some people this verdict is some eye-opening thing where they think they not only see an injustice but also what the black community sees as a truth everyday. For other people its just a trial based on self-defense that got blown out of proportion. Myself? I think its about time we realize that it isn't open season on "young black men", but a chance to start realizing that we're all Americans and not everyone will fit into your per-conceived notions about a lot of things, especially race.

I know you may not agree, and that's OK, I'm fine with that. I spent the entire weekend freaked out and feeling unable to just be me. I just wanted to express my viewpoint.

Now... can I go back to just being Larry again?

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Sytry Babe by luvataciousskull
Sytry Babe
I wanted to get back into illustration more, so I decided to do a series of "Cheesecake Demoness Pinups". It's an open series, but it meant just sitting down, having fun, and doing something for fun! A lot of my work in the last year or two were super serious religious works that focused on a ton of history, symbolism, and more. So just doing hot babes to draw hot babes was a nice change of pace!

That said, symbolism wound up being a big deal and it worked its way into the piece naturally.

This is a woman who is into Sytry, also more commonly known as Sitri, who is a Prince of Hell and is known for being known as a God of Lust. She wears on her right shoulder his Sigil along with the words "Lust Drives Us to Success" in Enochian. Below that is the Alchemy symbol of Silver, followed by a Trident for Cinder. On her hand is the symbol for Sulfur. Her boots have the Sigil of Leviathan/the Alchemy Symbol of Sulfur/"The Sulfur Cross".

Just for fun I put inverted cross nipple tape on her, along with a collar that just says "evil".

The overall idea was to show a more "modern" metal/punk take on Cheesecake Pin-Ups while tossing it into a vat of evil! It was a ton of fun to do!
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Bad Demoness!

This piece was a lot of fun!

I had been drawing a lot of demonesses at the time, and I decided to just turn the tables around for a piece. While there was a originally going to be a complimentary piece, the original always made me smile. A nun holding a demon in bondage.... heh.

I also realized that I actually never uploaded it to the site. Its one of my favorite pieces and I've had it around for about 10 years. Amazing!

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Stop Donald Trump Today! FIGHT HATE by luvataciousskull
Stop Donald Trump Today! FIGHT HATE
To help stop Donald Trump and end his message of hate, I am giving away this FREE POSTER!

The rules are simple: You are allowed to download the file to make posters, but you can not profit off it in any way, shape, or form. It's a non-commercial use download. Print this sucker, blow it up to 24" x 36", and post it around town! Make flyers to give out! Just stop this guy and his message of hate!
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I had an art show recently, and I don't know why I didn't pimp it here. Damn.

In any case, the art for the show is now on sale on eBay! ONE WEEK ONLY! GET YOUR ARTWORK NOW!

www.ebay.com/sch/markskull/m.h…

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Entropician Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Professional General Artist

Hi, thanks for the fav, I hope you'll enjoy even the rest of my gallery, have a good day, bye!:) 

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vegeta-x-akira Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the Fav :Portal: 
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ZephGC Featured By Owner Edited Dec 11, 2015
Hey man, I'm from Brazil and a good fan of your work.
I'm gonna tattoo in my arm one of your drawings this month, the Ace of Spades.
I'll show you when it's ready! 
Greetings from Brazil!

ps: Sorry for the bad english! Haha
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luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME! :D
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luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! VERY AWESOME! :D
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ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A fellow thinker.
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ParanoiiidA Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! Your gallery is amazing!
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leothefox Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015   General Artist
:wave: Thanks for the fave!
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