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May 29 2013

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.

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  1. 1
    Dutchgirl

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

  2. 2
    DLC

    Holy Squid, Batman!

  3. 3
    Brett McCoy

    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.

  4. 4
    SallyStrange

    Brett McCoy: Please specify mailing address for delivery of one (1) internet, which you have won today.

  5. 5
    Glen Davidson

    He already knows how to crawl!

    And slither!

    Glen Davidson

  6. 6
    Ichthyic

    It’s all part of the “Catholicism: Wow!” campaign…

  7. 7
    grizzly

    Cepahalopods are way to smart to be seduced by this ;-)

  8. 8
    dongiovanni (Now onto Wagner)

    Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Ftaghn!

  9. 9
    garydargan

    PZ could always improve it by photoshopping his faceover the madonna’s

  10. 10
    Anri

    It’s a cuddlefish!

  11. 11
    richardelguru

    So that’s a Madonna and child?

  12. 12
    Larry

    #11

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

  13. 13
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    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)

  14. 14
    Marek

    Zach Weiner did a nice catholic/cthulhu mashup some time ago on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

  15. 15
    myeck waters

    I’m a little annoyed by the Madonna of the Suicide Vest though.

  16. 16
    David Marjanović

    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*

  17. 17
    Gregory Greenwood

    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

  18. 18
    Pierce R. Butler

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

    Not nearly enough tentacles in that drawing, either!

  19. 19
    Azuma Hazuki

    …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…).

  20. 20
    anchor

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

  21. 21
    Gregory Greenwood

    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…

  22. 22
    Ragutis

    … and this isn’t available on a t-shirt, why?

  23. 23
    firstcircleofhell

    20,000 dollars of money for a madonna with ukulele.

  24. 24
    Ichthyic

    Lady Madonna, a squid at your breast

    LOL

  25. 25
    Ichthyic

    Not nearly enough tentacles in that drawing, either!

    you’re right.

    In fact, I don’t see any at all.

  26. 26
    laurentweppe

    Oh, there’s better: Catholic Squid Torture Porn

  27. 27
    dongiovanni (Now onto Wagner)

    Meh, too lazy to insert the diacriticals.

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