Portrait of the twartist as a hood

Yesterday I was pleased to learn that the UK’s Guardian newspaper listed me as one of their favorite artists to follow on Twitter. Although the term “Twartist” isn’t all that flattering, I’m still really honored to have been included in such a prestigious paper. It’s probably the only time I’ll ever see my name printed next to Yoko Ono’s.

I know that the article is introducing a lot of new people who are interested in the art and social media, so I thought I’d write up a quick recap of some of my Twitter related projects from the last year.


Robots Don’t Know Anything About Twitter

This 24 page comic book was created in 24 consecutive hours using suggestions from Twitter. It wasn’t my intention to create a twitter comic, but after I started doodling a bunch of robots I sent out this fateful tweet. The responses began flooding in and I knew I wanted to dedicate each page in my book to as many different @replies as possible. RDKAAT is available as a free pdf, gifs, flickr set, and a physical book (directly through me). I am also watercoloring each page for a new online edition to go live in March.

While McCain suspends his campaign

The Failephant

There is something oddly bizarre about Twitter’s Fail Whale image. No other 404-error image has inspired so many people as this iconic image. When McCain temporarily suspended his campaign to “fix the economy” I knew this was an image I just had to make.


Fail Snails

The Fail Snails are part of my ongoing Memes In Real Life project, where I try to blend the lines between internet culture and everyday real life. Obviously, this is another one of my projects inspired by Yiying Lu‘s iconic Fail Whale image. For this particular MIRL project, I gathered nearly 60 snails from friend’s gardens and glued tiny orange birds (made from Sculpy) onto their shells, then released them all around the city to continue doing… um, whatever it is that snails do. For the record, this is the first time I’ve mentioned my Fail Snail project online. I was hoping to see if anyone else would discover these winged molluscs IRL, but since they haven’t, you can see all of my Fail Snail pictures here.

That’s just a small recap of my recent “twart” projects. I always have something up my sleeve, so please feel free to subscribe to the blog or follow me on Twitter for updates on art projects as well as anything else I care to write about. If you have any suggestions for future twitter projects or collaborations, I’d love to hear them. Please leave a video or text comment below or just @docpop me your thoughts. Danka!


11 responses to “Portrait of the twartist as a hood

  1. Schalicto Avatar

    That link is a snail fail 🙁
    Awesome write up Doc! I love these MIRL.

  2. DocPop Avatar

    Thanks Schalicto. Which link wasn't working for you though?

  3. Schalicto Avatar

    The flickr one ju doesn't yield any results.

  4. DocPop Avatar

    okay, got it… fixed. Here is the link http://flickr.com/photos/docpopular/sets/721576

  5. MrTriscut Avatar

    Congrats on the recognition, you are definitely a person that I look up to, and I'm sure many more will now as well.

    I know this isn't exactly a comment on this post, but I'm curious about some things:

    Do you think Twitter is useful for people that don't own mobile phones? I can see having a mobile phone would definitely enhance the service, but what about people that don't have mobile phones? What incentives are there to use the service? I haven't owned a mobile phone since 1999, and seem to do fine without it. I'm on the fence when it comes to getting one.

    What makes Twitter better then RSS feeds?

    Does sending out “tweets” take away from posting on your blog? Do you find that ideas that you would have previously posted on your blog in a more fleshed out fashion are not making it there any more? Do you find using Twitter has increased the online conversation of your ideas? Does the limitations on length stifle other thoughts/ideas that you would like to share either in an original post or a reply?

    Is it difficult to keep related comments/ideas together with constant comments/updates coming through?

    I can see many advantages to using Twitter, but I also wonder about the drawbacks.

    Hope you're having a great week and day!

  6. DocPop Avatar

    Seesmic video reply from Disqus.

  7. MrTriscut Avatar

    Thanks for the prompt response!

    I hope you did not feel as though you had to promote Twitter, or justify your use of Twitter. That was not my intent. I apologize for hijacking this post.

    I've been hearing lots of talk of the service lately, which made me curious as to how others find the service useful.

    Thanks for your feedback!

  8. DocPop Avatar

    post not hijacked and I certainly feel absolutely no pressure to defend Twitter. I totally didn't get twitter for the first year, then I got an iPhone and Twitter suddenly made sense to me. I don't expect it happens that way with everyone, but I have learned that anytime I tried forcing someone on to the service they end up hating it.
    The key is that someone has to want to try twitter for themselves, and then there's that make or break time where they like it or they don't. Hope my 4 and half minute video wasn't toooooooo verbose.

  9. MrTriscut Avatar

    No the video was great. I'm still checking Twitter out, I'm looking to see how I can use it to my advantage.


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