Mail Art Postcard No. 4662…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s heraldic term is ermine – one of the heraldic furs – white with black tails. Ermine is alright of course, but I prefer erminites with the red spots on each side of the tails, I have a cloak, a big hat, and a tunic done in erminites. (E)
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New – well, yes it is…
A couple of days ago I noticed that the usually thick wad of mail art postcards in the letter rack (I’ll bet you didn’t know that I had a letter rack did you?) in my kitchen had dwindled down to just three or four cards, all its gaudy companions having been posted off to go and amuse the world.
I often send these things as birthday cards rather than buying commercial ones, but you do have to be a bit careful sending surreal and unsettling images to people – people who might not appreciate animals with strange great bulging human eyes first thing, as they dig into their milky cornflakes on their birthday morning.
These remaining cards were the ones not really suitable for ‘ordinary folks’ who might be easily puzzled and disturbed by such things. They might think I was ‘trying to tell them something’…
So, I thought I’d better grab my Pritt stick, my scissors, some old copies of that awful TV listings magazine What’s On TV, and some bits of brightly coloured card, and do another batch. I tend to make these cards in batches of about, oh, fifteen or twenty at a time, production line style.
So, this one above, number 4662, is fresh from the hand of the artist.
It’s a rather complicated one, isn’t it? I’m not sure what’s going on here. The beast might be a ‘seeing’ or ‘hearing’ guide dog of some kind – look at his/her snazzy orange tabard; it seems to match the woman’s jacket quite well.
Is that a tabard?
Tabards for dogs?
And, today’s word is… Tabard!
Oh, and of course tabards feature in heraldry too. (T)
Anyway, don’t the stuck-on suspicious-looking eyes go well with the grumpy dog-mouth? The humans are smiling away there, but he’s not very happy is he? Looks like he’s just spotted someone arriving with a dog bath…
‘Ho ho ho!’ I go…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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18 Responses to Mail Art Postcard No. 4662…

  1. Rebecca says:

    This one is just perfect! The dog evidently doesn’t like the tabard, and who can blame him?

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Who do we believe? There seems to be some confusion on whether the subjects of this picture should be smiling or suspicious….you know, dogs are very keen on making snap decisions about strangers – love them or accuse them of carrying illicit drugs – however, in this case (I’ve noted that not only is the dog being held by that woman, further inspection reveals that the dog is also restrained by a leash, being held ever so lightly by that male suspect….sort of a dual imprisonment.) Oh wait! I’ve got it! The dog directed his suspicion at the approaching strangers as if to say, “yes, they are quite lovely to look at, well groomed and obviously trained to exhibit good manners – – but back off, they belong to me!”

  3. That dog has the same look mine has when we try to persuade her to go out in the rain. She gingerly (hovers, mostly) on the pavement in a random doorway with that look, which says “are you mad? There’s wet stuff coming from the sky and you expect me to prance around in it just because you have a squeaky ball? I think not”

    • Dave Whatt says:

      It’s all in the eyes isn’t it?
      Funny really because dogs don’t have eye surrounds like we do so all the emotion comes from just the position of where the eyes are looking… What about that look when they turn their heads away, noses raised, but the eyes are still on you?…

      • See, people say cats are weird little creatures, but I counter that dogs are more complex. The posture you describe is a way of gauging your mood towards them. If they have a paw raised they could be about to pounce in play. If their body is tense they could be ready to snap at you defensively!

      • Dave Whatt says:

        I’ve never lived with a dog, but I don’t mind a bit of jolly rolling about with one when I visit someone who does… Ouch! That hurt!… Woof!… Ouch!…

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