Badger 2.0


The talented Ieva Skrebele [avestra] did me a tribal badger icon. You’ve probably seen it in the small form already, but it’s worth a bigger look.

(the Wind In The Willows)

The old badger logo I was using was lifted from the “badger mushroom snake” song, and I felt a bit embarrassed for years to be using something that was certainly someone else’s copyright. [weebls] <- DO not click on that link if you are susceptible to auditory hooks.

One of my friends used to call me “badger” because, she said, I was reclusive, territorial, ferocious, and liked to be pretty much left to my own devices. So, she started calling me “badger” and pretty soon other people started calling me “badger” and then when I needed some online gaming handle, “badger” came to mind, and stuck.

I loved The Wind in The Willows as a kid, and always thought Badger was one of the coolest characters. I suppose that, as a kid, he reminded me of my dad: reading glasses, house-coat, slippers, and a cutlass. My dad didn’t carry one of those but I’m pretty sure that, if he had to, he’d have made it work.

I used to joke that when I hit 70 (if I do) I want to try heroin and get another tattoo. I’m not sure if I am going to, or not, but if I do, now I have the design.

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Auditory hooks: Someone needs to set “tenser said the tensor” to the Badger Badger music. No, wait, don’t. It might crash civilization.

Comments

  1. chigau (違う) says

    One of my friends used to call me “badger” because, she said, I was reclusive, territorial, ferocious, and liked to be pretty much left to my own devices.

    huh
    Nothing to do with the facial hair?
    .
    The new avatar is quite lovely and you should get the ink before your skin gets all thin and saggy.

  2. kestrel says

    I really like the new badger. I had noticed it, and my thought is that it’s even nicer when it’s bigger and one can see it better.

    A friend of mine and I were riding on the trail up in the mountains one time and came across a badger that had been viciously murdered and left to lay right on the trail. My friend was horrified (so was I) so she had me hold her horse while she skinned it. She took the hide home, had it tanned, and turned it into a pillow which she called “Badgie”. She felt that this would honor it’s life. So I confess that when I see your icon I think of Badgie. Don’t let small children see this story, or you might get a new name.

  3. says

    kestrel@#4:
    I might hiss and growl a bit but “badgie” is probably OK. One accepts these indignities with age. One’s fangs grow dull and it’s tea-time and there are muffins and butter. And raspberry jam.

    I was on my way up to Ikea’s HQ in Sweden when I spotted a dead badger by the side of the road. The rather composed and practical taxi driver didn’t understand why the silly American insisted on stopping and digging a hole and burying the poor shredded glorious thing.

  4. kestrel says

    @Marcus: yes, I forgot to mention, we did indeed bury the body afterwards. Hey, anyone who would kill a badger: if you are going to senselessly murder things, at least take the time to bury the body. **rolls eyes** And they call *us* heathens. (Badgie was most likely murdered by a Mormon, so maybe they actually call us “gentiles”.)

  5. says

    To Caine
    I absolutely love it

    Thank You!

    that’s a gift from a most talented artist

    That’s not exactly true. I received payment, so that was a commissioned work and not a gift. Artists need to buy food and pay bills, so we charge money for our services just like anybody else.

    Being a “talented artist” is no different than being a “talented surgeon” or a “talented scientist”. There’s a lot more learning, practicing and work than talent. It’s a skill you learn and not a talent you are born with. Which is great, because that means anybody can learn to create artworks.

  6. says

    Ieva Skrebele@#11:
    Which is great, because that means anybody can learn to create artworks.

    It also means we learn to appreciate skill and work, and – if we’re sensible – we enjoy others’ varied skills. I can make a knife or soap or a long list of things like nobody’s business, but if you put a gun to my head and ‘commissioned’ me to draw a badger, it would not even look like a stick figure.

    Shorter me: I was very happy to be able to get your art, through hook or crook.

  7. says

    I was very happy to be able to get your art, through hook or crook.

    It’s very easy to get my art. I need income means I need work means I take commissions. And, unlike some homophobic cake bakers, I’m not picky about whom I accept as a client as long as they pay me for my work.

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