The Manifesto is proud to promote the latest exciting business venture by KeithLUG enterprises. Have you found out the hard truth of our famous slogan: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”? Did you forget that prostitution is legal in nearby Nye County, but not in Clark County where the Strip resides? Were you in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong gun? Then don’t be trippin’, constant reader and don’t let the legal system catch you slippin’. Call KeithLUG Bail Bonds! We will get you out of jail and back to controlling the action in no time flat. You’ll also get a free ride to the airport (or the State line), a bottle of water and a KeithLUG T-shirt, in case yours is torn or bloody.
A big thank you goes out to Heikki Mattila, for unintentionally designing the official logo of KeithLUG Bail Bonds, entitled “Prisoner“. The engaging silhouette-style perfectly captures that moment when the jail door slams shut, and harsh reality sinks in. Heikki captions the photo “Oh God, what have I done“, which is a fine choice, but the message strong enough to be transmitted with no caption at all. This model may be old news to some of you, it was posted back in February of this year, but it’s new to me and it immediately captured my imagination. I think the image would make a great P.S.A poster, album cover or indeed a logo for a bail-bondsman.
If the point of art is to make the viewer feel something, then I’m comfortable with calling this art. I’ve never been in prison myself but I think everyone has experienced the sensation of being trapped in a bad situation with serious consequences. Whether it is the symbolic prison of addiction and illness, or the reality of a concrete and steel hoosegow, the image has a sort of universal relevance. I was very surprised to find that Heikki doesn’t have any other silhouette work posted to Flickr, because this is really impressive for a first attempt. The pose of the figure is perfection and captures a specific moment in time and an emotion to go along with it. The framing of the shot is also particularly good, it suggests a larger scene and feels claustrophobic all at the same time. The Manifesto has a couple of great silhouette builders in the audience, David and Absurde come to mind and I’d love to hear their thoughts about Heikki’s design in the comments. This model is colder than a pimp’s heart and I want to see more, always more. A silhouette-series devoted to prison-life could yield some very interesting results.