KeithLUG Bail Bonds: In Jail? We bail.

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.


18 thoughts on “KeithLUG Bail Bonds: In Jail? We bail.

  1. Saw this one when it was posted, it’s just fantastic. Aside from the shaping, I really like the staging which gives it a vague 3d effect with the lighting and bars placement. If I’m not mistaken, the hand holding the head is build into the bars, which is very clever.

    Technical stuff aside, as you say, the most impressive part is how easily it manages to convey it’s message across.


    1. I appreciate your insight on this one, I’ve never tried a silhouette so some of it is still a mystery to me. I didn’t notice the hand being attached to the bars, good spot on that one, it is clever.


  2. This one is fucking with my brain. I look at the top and swear it’s 2D, but then I scroll to the bottom and it looks like the guy is built completely separate from the bars. I think the subtle lighting on the chair and the leg is aiding in this optical illusion.


    1. Yeah, it was messing with me too, I kept looking for a fake, for trickery of some kind but I think it’s just very deliberate lighting (as many have pointed out in the comments). I really wish he’d do a prison series.


  3. There is an uplight under the hand that is so unbelievably subtle and so brilliant! It mimics the backlight on the legs and bars making it totally 3D. God, this is a masterclass of subtlety while having a message slammed in your face like a brick. No question of the art going on here, truly impressive.


    1. Good to have backup on the “art” thing, I’m trying to get more comfortable with using the word in the context of Lego, but it always feels just a touch pretentious. Good fodder for a Rutherford special, or a rountRee special if you ever want to take on that topic.


  4. Mr. Mattila certainly does seem to take us all to the class room with this one doesn’t he? I mean… Man! Yea, sometimes less is more… but talk about taking that notion to an extreme. I like silhouette style MOCs, and we have seen more and more of them lately. Lots of good stuff.

    But the emotional content here is truly exceptional! The artist has literally transcended the brick, turning them into a secondary notion when viewing the MOC.

    That guys hair and head in hands pose is perfect. If I were to offer any notions of improvement it might be that the guys feet seem to be enormous. Given that we are looking at two legs, still, the feet themselves seem pretty big for the guy.

    That is pretty small potatoes compared to the rest of the action though.

    Excellent work.



    1. I didn’t notice before but the leg below the knee and the feet do seem large. I don’t think it detracts too much from the image though, it just looks slightly stylized. Maybe they are 70’s style bell bottoms, and some long shoes. Small potatoes indeed.


    1. I can agree to a point, but I like how it plays with my brain a bit as my OCD wants one or the other as well. I think I prefer the play and the mental gymnastics it’s forcing. Good point though, I’ve seen it fail when they can’t decide. The lighting really saves this one from the misstep.


  5. This does skate over that gossamer line of craft and art, for sure. Quite striking.

    Of course, my overly prescient 12-year old lobe wants to remove the bars, swap the chair for porcelain pony and relabel ‘Too Much Cheese’…


  6. Hi, I’m the builder of this. I’m very flattered about this blog post and discussion here. This kind of feedback really inspires to build more – so thank you very much you all!

    This is so far my first and only silhouette MOC. I shoud try to build them more. It was one Saturday in February when I decided to try that – I like to try building different kind of creations. I admit to be quite emotional man so I’m pleased if I can transmit emotions via my work.

    And yes, bars and the man are totally separate, they aren’t attached to each other. 🙂

    I red also other stories in this blog and this is great! It’s very interesting to read deep analyzing and discussion of great Lego creations that many people all over the world make with great passion. I will certainly follow this blog in the future, too.


    1. Heikki, thanks for leaving a comment, I always count it as a small victory when I can elicit a comment from the builder. I hope you stick around and add to the ongoing conversation once in a while.

      You should definitely return to silhouette, this is an amazing first attempt. Consider that prison series, I really think it could be fascinating and charged topic.

      Thanks for clearing up the notion of the bars being attached to the figure, it was very hard to tell either way and thanks again for checking out the Manifesto, I’m glad it’s entertaining.


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