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KICK THEIR AXIS Propaganda Poster by PaulSizer KICK THEIR AXIS Propaganda Poster by PaulSizer
WIth this image being favorited so many times, I wanted to say a few words about this imagery and ideas used in this poster (based on this original submission:…:

This poster is an emulation of propaganda posters from the World War 2 era. Propaganda, by it's definition, is simplification of ideas to elicit a reaction from the greatest number of people. During this era, these kinds of posters were used to rally the allies against a common enemy, that of the Nazi party and Hitler's military complex (and later Japan).
While I do agree that Hitler's ideals and actions are some of the most atrocious in history, I DO NOT endorse the automatic assignment of the actions of a person to the actions of a nation or ethnicity. We saw this raise its head after 9/11, and it was ugly and sad to see that it still exists. Hate towards anyone is not something I wish to foster or encourage, but I also feel it's important to recognize when we are being asked to feel that way and question it, given the repercussions of unthinking actions (i.e. the last 8 years of American politics).

In making this poster, while light-hearted in intent, I did understand that it showed a simple-mindedness of intent that did permeate lots of the propaganda (on both sides) of the time. I would encourage viewers to take note of this, and look around them to see other examples of this used for ill ends.

Also, iconic typography and images like this poster uses can be used for good or bad purposes (for good use, see the recent Barack Obama "YES WE CAN" campaign posters!). Design works if it is well done; but the message of the design is as, if not more, important.

Also, to all persons out there named Fritz: this poster is NOT a slight to you. In war times like this, generic names were assigned to persons to represent a nation or ethnicity. Using a name like Fritz was another oversimplification in an attempt to assign actions to "the enemy" we as Americans were fighting. "Fritz" was also a generic term for any German soldier. It is not my intent to foster this kind of branding, but rather to bring it to light so that we can react and counter it when we see it happening today. We work better together than apart.

Thanks for reading and understanding. The smarter we are, the more art enhances our lives.
And if you're done with the negative vibes and want to see what I love, it's electronic music, and my latest graphic novel is about it: B.P.M.

My own take on an World War II Allied propaganda poster, using my BLACK ANGEL illustration.

Nerd factor: I rebuilt the color image as a tritone using the red-blue-black colors used in the typography of the poster design to make it look more feasible for how it could have been actually printed. DESIGN NERD! DESIGN NERD!
Sorry, I call me like I see me!

PS: Nazis suck, just to be perfectly clear.

OK, OK, this poster is NOW available as a 9" x 12" print!…
Order away, and thanks for your support.
This poster design, and all elements of this poster, are ©Paul Sizer/Sizer Design+Illustration, and may not be used without express permission from the artist.
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Given 2011-10-05
REMAKE: BLACK ANGEL Poster by *PaulSizer One of the more debated pieces in the advertising section, let alone Deviant Art. I felt not only the artwork but the artistís description feedback and the deviant comments that followed are worth this DD. My full comments are below. ( Featured by zandog )
TigrrBoy Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bravo to you for a design that stands strong with its composition and aesthetic appeal. I love seeing art that invites the viewer to consider significant issues with relevance to current as well as past social scenarios. Furthermore, your write up provides additional context to help understand the motivations involved. Nice work!
PaulSizer Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. This piece showed me the importance of two things: respecting the power of having a platform and a voice, and the responsibility of speaking intelligently once you have that platform. 
ClaudusAles Jan 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
All of the awesome
lol kick their anazis Dying laughing here x3

tomytieneblas74 Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Zesty! And yes I would kick some Nazi ass !! :D
PaulSizer Sep 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You are the first person to use "zesty" in a critique of my art. Kudos!
tomytieneblas74 Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks 4 the Kudos, sir ! #1 
Really well done.
PaulSizer Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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