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Avatars & The GIPC #3!

Posted 5th August 2009 at 11:10 PM by Ashlann
Updated 5th August 2009 at 11:34 PM by Ashlann

Images Are Power

Anyone who has ever experienced an emotional reaction to portrait photography on any level knows what I mean. Some of you may have noticed my avatars: I like to use images of famous people with expressive faces. Christopher Walken is one of my all time favourite comedians & actors, with such a distinctive style.



Recently I decided to do a little self re-invention and moved onto another actor I find inspiring, Jack Nicholson. I chose one of my favourite images of him, one that portrays his darker side: Jack Nicholson, The Joker. I made three, intending to rotate them:



This was my favourite, and the one I put up straight away (thanks for appreciating this one, Reoh!).

Nearly immediately, a fellow TOG moderator that I will not name for fear of embarrassing him (he's a good friend, and who am I to tell everyone that this otherwise manly gentleman is afraid of a little picture?) asked me to immediately change my avatar or he cannot read my posts. He was literally covering the screen, he was that freaked out.

I said "Killer Squirrel, you can't be serious!"

And he said "Oh, The Squirrel is serious. If you don't change it, I will!"

...or something like that. So you can see I was left with little alternative

Here's the other two JN avatars I made:



The one on the left he referred to as the.. well, I can't tell you what he said about it in any way that would be appropriate to a public post. Suffice to say it was less than flattering to Mr Nicholson's manliness. The other one -- he covered up before even looking at it.

..and thus was born my new line of avatars: squirrelfriendly



I hope you enjoy PS: KS, you're awesome enough to have a line of avatars named after you.

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    Reoh's Avatar
    Well, so long as you didn't name Squirky!
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 12:23 AM by Reoh Reoh is offline
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    Ulric's Avatar
    Love the story!

    You should have made the squirrel pink!
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 12:52 AM by Ulric Ulric is offline
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    Originally Posted by Ulric View Comment
    Love the story!

    You should have made the squirrel pink!
    *laughs* I thought about that - but i don't want to embarrass the poor guy!

    ...More
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 01:00 AM by Ashlann Ashlann is offline
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    Originally Posted by Ulric View Comment
    Love the story!

    You should have made the squirrel pink!
    I second this idea!
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 01:02 AM by Nestaron Nestaron is offline
  5. Old Comment
    ROFL!! That's Great. He was telling me something about scary clowns and the movie "It" yesterday.

    Yes..make it pink... muhahaha
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 01:06 AM by Ashin Ashin is offline
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    FINALLY!!! I like this one.. he is cute... and the second JN clown... my comment... well I thought he was preparing to.... lets say... pleasure another man... :p

    But this one is much better!!! The Squirrel-Friendly line!!! I like it!! All Squirrels I hope!! :D
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 01:25 AM by Killer Squirrel Killer Squirrel is offline
  7. Old Comment
    Vetinari's Avatar
    Looks like a chracter from Happy Tree Friends. Is it?
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 02:03 AM by Vetinari Vetinari is offline
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    Originally Posted by Vetinari View Comment
    Looks like a chracter from Happy Tree Friends. Is it?
    Looks like it, but not sure mate - I just googled Squirrel+Plush.
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 02:58 AM by Ashlann Ashlann is offline
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    RogueSlayer's Avatar
    Now I know how to keep KS out of my posts.

    Excuse me while I go change my avatar and make a nice big sig out of them as well
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 06:01 AM by RogueSlayer RogueSlayer is offline
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    theZee's Avatar
    Ahaha...I did wonder about the sudden change in style. I really like the new direction though
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    Posted 6th August 2009 at 09:21 AM by theZee theZee is offline
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    These look great Ash, and I really enjoyed reading your description along with your reasoning behind the avatar's.
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    Bayland's Avatar
    The Doctor doesn't scare people. You can have one if you want.
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    Posted 8th August 2009 at 07:04 PM by Bayland Bayland is offline
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    Binary-Ninja's Avatar
    rogues onto something i feel but they are pretty scary avatars . you could always got the heath ledger joker one instead in B & W thta would be close to scary as well
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    Posted 9th August 2009 at 10:31 PM by Binary-Ninja Binary-Ninja is offline
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    rogues onto something i feel but they are pretty scary avatars . you could always got the heath ledger joker one instead in B & W thta would be close to scary as well
    It's already on the cards
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    Posted 10th August 2009 at 01:31 PM by Ashlann Ashlann is offline
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    The squirrel friendly line is amusing. It should be pink though
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    Posted 11th August 2009 at 06:55 AM by Ash Ash is offline
 

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