Yay, my first "adult" posting!
It contains violence, sexual imagery, and drug content, but it is poking fun at all 3. I don't use drugs, I dislike drug culture, and I don't want anyone assuming otherwise in my posting this project. audio-astrophysics
got us all started altering puzzles recently in the Altered Puzzles Craft-along thread. Some people are doing an ABCs theme, since that works almost perfectly with a 25-piece puzzle. I didn't want to copy, but then I realized how much fun it would be to do the alphabet in an irreverent, distasteful manner (Edward Gorey wrote/illustrated an alphabet book as such--"O is for Olive, run through with an awl..."
I've inadvertently been using the theme of sin/vice/transgression (in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way) a lot lately. Within the puzzle, I'm kinda poking fun at the finger-pointers and
the "sex, drugs and rock-n-roll" activities/behaviors at which the finger-pointers are pointing. Don't think I'm celebrating any of it, or that I condemn all of it. I don't engage in most of these activities, but I do think that the time has come for a puzzle full of vices!
The completed puzzle (The original puzzle was of Care Bears, by the way.
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Now let's take a trip through the alphabet. The pics may be bigger in my Craftster photo gallery. to change your image viewing settings please click here
A is for Alcohol and Addiction (at the bottom of the piece is a downward spiral)
B is for Brothel to change your image viewing settings please click here
C is for Crunk (and within that, of course, includes Cannabis and Chalice or Pimp Cup. The image is none other than Lil Jon with his not-so-lil necklace that says "Crunk Ain't Dead". The triangles at the top are from paper made out of hemp, appropriately enough)
D is for Degenerate Dealings with the Devil
E is for Evil (this one was too easy; I feel like I should do more with it but I like it as it is)
F is for Felony to change your image viewing settings please click here
G is for Gambling
H is for Hallucinogens
I is for Illegal Inclinations/Instigations (the larger of the 2 images is of Bonnie and Clyde)
J is for Junkie to change your image viewing settings please click here
K is for Kidnapping and Knifing (look closely. I did alter the image but not the stabbing. The Easter-gone-insane images here and on the V-piece I received from gavagai in Sweden, and on the back they said in Swedish, "Have a hard-boiled Easter!"
L is for Lascivious, Loose and Lusty (hard to see it now, but the background is of a woman tucking a large amount of cash into her bra) to change your image viewing settings please click here
M is for Meth Lab
N is for Nudie Bar (if you've ever been to the area around Los Angeles Int'l Airport, there's an old nudie bar with a 1960s sign saying "Live Live Nude Nudes", which has always been a source of amusement, and I tried to recreate it in the background)
O is for Opiates
P is for Political Corruption (there is no Q)
R is for Reckless Rock and Roll
S is for Steroids (this one needs work. it could even be a different piece and theme altogether, there are so many things to do with "S", but steroids seemed like a nice change of pace)
T is for Tobacco (it's a full ashtray in the background, somewhat hard to see now)
U is for Using others
V is for Vile Violence and Vice (look closely; the Eastery image isn't altered...see the K-piece)
W is for Wicked to change your image viewing settings please click here
X is for X-rated
Y is for Youthful Yearnings (yeah, that's a stretch. The phrase on there is Spanish, and translates to "money, fame, bed," as in the 3 aspirations that get people in trouble)
Z is for...um...Zen Summary? This one still needs something, maybe someone pointing their finger at the viewer.
I hope you've been mildly amused by my puzzle (rather than super-excited like, "Far out, man! Druuuugs!"