Now some 30 years later his face mocks me.
Alex: What you got back home, little sister, to play your fuzzy warbles on? I bet you got little save pitiful, portable picnic players. Come with uncle and hear all proper! Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones. You are invited.
My first printing project was with a hand mechanical printing press. I took print shop as one of my class electives: leading me on to West Valley Occupational School to take a paste-up class. This training got me a job working for a short time at a local adult book publisher on Venture Blvd. I pasted page numbers on each page. They were small paperback adult books.
But, back in high school the image I printed for my first project was the face of Alex from the film A Clockwork Orange. My project was stationary with Alex saying,
“Hello my little droogs”
with all of his glorious rebellious madness.
Now throughout the valley I am haunted by banners all over the place advertising the Los Angeles Museum of Art Stanley Kubrick exhibition, as I drive along the same streets where I grew up; there is Alex’s face grinning down at me with all of his glorious rebellious madness.
Everyone in the print shop class did not have a clue to who this character was: not even the teacher. Now some 30 years later his face mocks me. He takes me back to those beginning days of the 1970s ; to the place of that transforming rebellious power that stirred my soul.
Now I hold up a challenge. I am thinking of all the banners I now viddy around the San Fernando Valley .
I am saying this,
“Would you or could you rip-off one of these banners for me?”
I will make you a home cooked spaghetti dinner.
No lie… or maybe I will buy you a brew from my favorite pub.
The point being I would do it myself but my back is not what it was, so late one night if you find yourself under such a banner of Alex… it could be done.!?
Just climb up the pole and pull it down.
Regardless I find the whole thing pretty ironically & mockingly…weird.