It Wasn’t Always This Way

“It wasn’t always like this” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor. Graphically enhanced. Of an actual drawing.

I love this one for some reason. This was also scanned in in 2006, so no smart phone. Actually flat scanner. Guilty pleasure… I’m into vignettes. So what? ⠀

I actually used to look like this.▪️

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Conversion On A Puppet Of Flesh

“Meat Puppet” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor.

Photoshop collage based on a still from a skin flick. I’m careful to call it pornography because it was, but now what have I done? Used it as a template or an overlay to replace with other relevant imagery. Digital collage.⁣⠀

This is not the same thing, yet the residue of its initial purpose to ‘get someone off’ still remains. I think it’s funny, but I am curious at the reactions of some of the younger generation that may call this a cheap sexualization disguised as art. The fact the man or woman would have proven it’s success.⁣⠀

We think if one thing, get pulled in by some trickery, then leave with a different and unexpected shift in spirit. The impression is what we as artists desire, not just the base carnal interest. Because sex is nothing to fear. Would you turn away or look closer?⁣⠀

…because there is more to see.▪️

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Draining The Entire Bottle

“And I Drained the Rest of the Bottle” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor • Putting it back. One of those terms. Like taking your medicine. Something hard to swallow.

Hard to treat a wound that won’t sleep. This moment is when the thought of this action will satiate me quickly.

Now it is in me. A cup of coffee or tea. Got caffeine, quit the nicotine, so I’m only half free. Stop drinking, that’s easy. Lots of effort and money to drink something nasty and have the worst come out.

But why is this a rock n’ roll fantasy?

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Drawings & Dragons, The Drawing

“Drawings & Dragons” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor The Drawing that inspired the name of my live drawing stream.

I just see stuff when I draw a line, then I make more lines and they start to make something I didn’t plan. I rarely plan any art I do. A planned piece is usually a painting I don’t want to mess up, so its a little tight. This stuff… it’s just fun and I like how it can turn out.⁣⠀

You draw enough stuff and you start to build a muscle intuition you filter life through. I just discovered the name of my live drawing show… Drawings & Dragons. Live on Twitch @ danvictordoes or watch on this site.

I have a dragon tattoo and I loved The Goonies and Lost Boys growing up. Does that explain anything?⁣▪️

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Dee Dee Brix, She Got Trix

“D.D. Brix” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor

Somewhere between a study date in college and the quiet girl at work. As I drew her, I discovered she was playful and salacious, in the bookish way intelligent women are. The position she is in was fun to draw. I honestly think I love looking a naked body because it would be fun to draw. It’s a captivation rather than an attraction.

She is excited about a subject I have never heard of. My ex girlfriend used to start a sentence with “The fact of the matter is…” Then, state her case. Sharing both a curious & obscure thing that allows you to come to a new understanding. She was going to Law School. I thought that was so hot.⠀

I never understood a why a man would be insecure with a smart woman. I prefer a woman’s company because she is intelligent. More to say and a reason for me to want to be around. Chill with the vibe. No need to impress.

It also means they imagine new ways to be fun.▪️

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Coming For You

“They Are Coming For You” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor

Paranoid. ‘Robot Heart’ series. Unable to trust your mind or anyone really. If you can’t trust yourself, the implication is you can’t trust your own judgment of character. And to make the obvious even more clear, because clarity is, in a way, all I want from this life. ⠀

If you have faith that someone will respect your well being because of X, Y & Z, it must be so. I perceive you to be truthful in how you present yourself. I should be able to tell if someone is lying or not. I am so aware… but what if you are not?

What if you know you can’t trust your opinion of people because your experience has led you to be skeptical of everyone’s commitment to mutual respect. I don’t expect anyone to ‘give’ me anything, but I do ask you do not deceive me. ⠀

Deception or breaking trust, is worse than killing. That intentional, malicious truth is worse than any lie.▪️

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Freak Out Face

“My Freak-Out Face” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor

Remember when you got sick from drinking for the first time and you could taste this spring water fountain of acid pooling up in your mouth. You try to gulp it back and swallowing doesn’t work. Then you see smell or see something that turns your stomach instantly to PNJ leftovers.⁣⠀

This was actually from the transformation. In this case, the guy was looking for a drink. Actually I imagined it kind of like a werewolf from “The Howling” where they just rip through their own skin, from the beast within.

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Ductape Halo Lives

“Ductape Halo Lives” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor

This is where the rocker has been fully realized. I wanted to build up to this piece a bit. It is the largest of the drawing, something like 28 inches tall, and full color. Sort of like that movie “Pleasantville” where color comes back and the contrast has a more powerful impact. ⁣⠀

The bottle gives him strength and there are so many parallels here. This is the romantic fantasy of a 20-something year old drunk. ⁣⠀
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There is also a photo taken of me when I was at this club in San Francisco. There was no one behind the bar, so I went behind it and told my friend to take a photo of me putting one of the well liquor back. It was quick and just for fun, not just a sad guy that couldn’t help himself.

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Why Did We Leave Mom?

“Why Did We Leave Mommy?” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor

No one should be left behind. Like eating all the pizza before you get a chance to have a slice.

A crucial moment where the father abandons the mother and takes the son with him. His property essentially. And now he had to manage his property. To maintain. Forget about it. Was a long time ago. That’s what they would say.⁣

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Enthusiasm For Learning

Video I made for my job search. It is a response to a video interview question about what your enthusiasm for learning is. I responded with my passion for playing music, and is somewhat of an origins story…

Dan Victor speaks about his inspiration to teach himself to play music. He first began with bass guitar, taking only 2 months of lessons. He began playing in bands and writing his own music. He performed in about 10 different bands over the years.

His connections brought him to Popdust.com , where he capitalized his experience as a musician to bring together a pop culture site with interviews and performances.

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