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Pink Thing of The Day: Happy Tank

Happy Tank Film Still
All Photos By Gail

A few weeks ago, we went over to  The Fashion Institute of Technology to check out the 2017 MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition, which was entitled 13 Stories.  It is while visiting the exhibit that I discovered a cool Pink Thing created by FIT student and MFA candidate Necdet Yilmaz, who is a native of Turkey.  Necdet’s visual thesis, Happy Tank, is a story about a little machine built for war that doesn’t want to fight. Happy Tank must be sent to war, but refuses to fire at a large building where a child is seen crying. For disobeying the order, Happy Tank is decommissioned and melted down. The story concludes with Happy Tank being recycled and used to construct a playground years after the war is over.

Happy Tank Film Still

Screen Shots from Happy Tank Animated Film (Above and Below)

Happy Tank Film Still

Necdet explains that this project “is related to my written thesis, War Themed Childrn’s Books and Propaganda. In wars, children are often affected and exploited as a propaganda tool. However, my project is in opposition to what I researched in my thesis. Personally, I am inspired to create these piece because of my background. My home country, Turkey, is located near the Middle East where there is constant war. This instability affects people in the region, like myself, economically, socially and psychologically.

Happy Tank Book

“This body of work is executed in three different mediums: animation, print in the form of a children’s book and toy design. Using 3D software and animation for the first time while I was creating this work was an exciting challenge for me. I learned a lot about myself while discovering the intricacies of unfamiliar technologies. In particular, especially, when I created the animation I learned how designing three-dimensional characters, objects and environments, using different camera angles, lighting and sound in combination enhanced my creative skill.”

Given our political climate today, Happy Tank could be considered more relevant now than ever. You can see more projects by Necdet at his website, located at This Link.

Photographed in the Museum at FIT, Located on Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, as Part of the 13 Stories Exhibit, which is now Closed.

Happy Tank

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Yes, It Exists: Mr. Poopy Butthole Doll

Mr Poopy Butthole
Photo By Gail

I saw this little guy in the Barnes and Noble shop in Union Square, and was so tickled by his name alone that I had to snap a photo for the sole purpose of featuring him in this week’s Yes, It Exists column. From what I can garner off the interwebs, Mr. Poopy Butthole is character on the Adult Swim cartoon series, Rick & Morty, which I have only just started watching. If you feel compelled to know more about Mr. Poopy Butthole — and really, who could blame you for being curious — he has his own Wiki page located at This Link!

Hello Pussy T-Shirt

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OMG I Love This. Show your support at each and every Women’s March with this Hello kitty-inspired t-shirt, Hello Pussy! This adorable character shirt will get the attention of everyone around you. Available in both Unisex style y-shirts and Ladies Fit Tees, Hoodies and other wearable swag, and in a variety of colors, at This Link!

I Lava You T-Shirt

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OK, Valentines Day is not that far away, and wouldn’t this shirt make a cute gift for your loved one? Sure it would. Get in on the lava love right now and pick up this groovy design on a t-shirt, hoody or sweatshirt, with prices starting at just $19.95, at This Link!

Despicable Me Characters Made From Pumpkins!

Despicable Me Pumpkins
Photo By Angelique Schipani

OK, I know Halloween was last month, but I could not resist sharing this photo of two absolutely adorable and super clever characters from the Despicable Me movie franchise (Felonious Gru and Stuart the Minion) as rendered with pumpkins! What a great idea to turn the pumpkin on its side and use its stem for Gru’s long nose! Amazing!

These pumpkins were created by Max and Marco, sons of a dear friend. Well done, guys!

Yes, It Exists: Fred Flintstone Bowling Pins

Fred Flintstone Bowling Pins
Photo By Gail

In 1965, the Arco toy company (later acquired by Mattel) manufactured a Flintstones Bowling Game with pins molded in the likeness of Fred Flintstone. Fred sure did love to bowl.

Photographed in the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

Look Good, Feel Great!

Look Good, Feel Great
Photo By Gail

I saw this cheerful little sticker somewhere on 11th Avenue when I was on an afternoon gallery crawl in Chelsea last week. It appears to be part of the 100 Day Project, which you can read more about at This Link!