Thursday, March 5
Dude,where is u r underwear ?
I dont understand most Art. The other day a friend was
trying to explain Importance of cubism in the History of Art and its
ramifications on Indian Culture..The only word i understood was Picasso.. I am so Culture-challenged!!.
The closest i have come to appreciating and reproducing art was when i traced out a picture(using butter paper!!) for my school magazine. And they didnt even publish that !! ..That's how bad i was at art !! It's a different issue that a cousin who used my idea and butter paper to trace out another design got his published
... Life is so unfair!!
Ok, now back to what this post is actually about..When i was in school Dad got me this T-shirt from Rome- The land of liberated people.. I am all for sporting Phoren T-shirts.. What better way to show off to friends that your dad was a globe trotter and that you belonged to the elite crowd that wore only phoren tshirts ...
Alas, fate had different plans for me .. The t-shirt had this dude who was, ahem .. not fully clothed. I mean he was baring it all. This dude obviously (in a state of trance ) was trying to reach out to another clothed-old dude and somehow forgotten
to slip on his underwear and pjs before the meeting..This t-shirt arrived in my life at a very impressionable age when the mind is filled with a lot of why's, how's and what's. I could have chosen to shrug of my embarassment , but somehow chose to blush when i showed off my phoren goods to friends who came over home.
This t-shirt gestated in my wadrobe for almost 2 years , when mom threatened one day that if i didnt wear it , she would use it for wiping the kitchen slab.. so, we convened a meeting to discuss to implications of giving up my nude-dude t-shirt.The convention went on and on for hours with us debating the pros and cons of commiting such a horrendous act.
" How can you treat art as rag cloth?" Asked a friend.
" Michelangelo would turn in his grave" Emphatised another. That's when i got to know that the painting was by Michelangelo.
Finally a Kind soul suggested that we paint an underwear on the nude dude. Till date , i think this girl has the aatma of Michelangelo. Its a different issue that she sold out to commercialism and designs shrink wraps for a living !! So, our friend paints a white contraption on the nude-dude.
Another Kind soul suggested that the Contraption looked like a "langot"(loin cloth)
and that we should be more creative. The least we could do to a masterpiece , she said. So, another sweet soul painted pink polka dots on the Said-Langot making the former nude-dude look like a gay dude.. (oh , yeah we knew what gay meant those days!!)..
Finally satisfied with the handiwork, it was decided that i wear it to an outing the following week...Wear i did, feeling really nervous and sceptical.
" Dont worry , di.. nobody knows art. None will know abt the nude-dude."quipped sweet michelangelo's soul , trying to reassure me.
We walk into the movie theatre and this guy (must have been in his late 20's) looks at me
" Nice T-shirt. Isnt it supposed to have that guy in the nude?" He said Grinning ear to ear.
People told me later that i blushed the colour of Tomato.Though, i think its difficult for someone of my colouring to blush a tomato red !.
Ah, well.How was i supposed to know that the nude-dude painting was that famous..!!That was the last time the nude-dude t-shirt was sighted...
The things that we do in the heat of our youth ;-)