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Chris Shaw has a thing for madonnas

I don’t, especially not madonnas linked to science. It’s a pairing that I find discordant and weird and inappropriate, which is probably why I find myself staring at these things with some concentration. Darned tricksy artists!

madonna_of_the_squid

It’s true, the squid helped. But I was also concerned that the Catholics would try to convert my beloved cephalopods.

Comments

  1. says

    The Catholics would try, but I doubt the cephalopods would fall for their absurd mythology, Not nearly enough tentacles in their holy book.

  2. says

    In Catholicism, you eat your god. In Cthulhuism, your god eats you. In Marythulism, they eat each other, however, it’s not called a 69, it can only be expressed as a function of the natural logarithm and the square root of -1, the contemplation of which drove several people mad in the Near East centuries ago. This is how tentacle porn got its start in the 1st Century CE.

  3. Larry says

    #11

    Yeah. They got a sort of The Fly with Geena Davis thing goin’ on here. However, in this case, the father is BrundleCthulhu.

  4. Ogvorbis: ArkRanger of Doom! says

    Lady Madonna, a squid at your breast
    Wonder how you manage to feed the rest
    Who finds the money when you pay the rent
    Did you think that money was heaven sent?

    Friday night arrives without a sucker
    Sunday morning creeping like a fish
    Monday’s squid has learned to escape bondage
    See how they run

    (profound apologies to the gods of rock)

  5. David Marjanović says

    Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Ftaghn!

    Those who cannot spell shall be eaten next to last.

    So that’s a Madonna and child?

    Proof of the “hopeful monster” theory of macroevolution. *nodnod*

  6. Gregory Greenwood says

    But I was also concerned that the Catholics would try to convert my beloved cephalopods.

    Fear not PZ – the favoured children of Cthulhu are far too immersed in worship of the Old Ones to be gulled by the lies of a bunch of delusional apes in funny robes.

    Besides, this is not a religious image at all – it is an image of one of our future tentacled overlords commanding its human slave-thing to carry it to its favourite hunting pool. That halo above the human’s head? Yeah, not a halo – try mind-control device. Just look at the blank, vacant, thousand-yard stare on the human’s face, the lolling head. This is a clear case of techno-zombification,

    A reverse angle would doubtless show the probe spikes that penetrate the skull and take control of the motor functions and cognitive centres of the brain…

    ;-P

  7. Pierce R. Butler says

    Dutchgirl @ # 1: Not nearly enough tentacles in their holy book.

    Not nearly enough tentacles in that drawing, either!

  8. Azuma Hazuki says

    …this reminds me of some very, very weird Metroid fanart. Basically, replace Madonna with Samus and the squid with a Metroid. Internet, you have ruined my childhood (and Nintendo, you’ve ruined Samus; she’s supposed to be a 6’3″, 200-pound badass with giant-bird-people blood in her veins, not this weeping blob Other M made out of her…).

  9. anchor says

    Hideous. That’s not art. Its nothing more than a cheap form of jacking off.

  10. Gregory Greenwood says

    anchor @ 20;

    Hideous. That’s not art. Its nothing more than a cheap form of jacking off.

    What about it bothers you? It seems like a rather entertaining subversion of the famous ‘Madonna and child’ trope from religious art to me.

    If it is the very fact that the image is subverting religious tropes that bothers you, then you might be on the wrong website…

  11. Ichthyic says

    Not nearly enough tentacles in that drawing, either!

    you’re right.

    In fact, I don’t see any at all.