"I figure I spend more time at the office than I do at home, so I might as well make it as homey as possible," is his reasoning - but that was just the beginning. Another manager, who's been with us for years (and is probably the most twisted/good-natured guy in the office), brought in his full-size (like three-feet-wide) print of his favorite painting - Clarice by Angelina Wrona.
"Clarice always makes me happy," he told me. Now, our office caters to the sensitivities of its staff to an obscene degree, so I figured it wouldn't be long until our office manager told him to junk it - and within two days one of our more... vocally entitled team members saw it, and denounced it as it "offensive" and "disturbing."
"Really?" I told the manager when he related her concerns to me. "Someone finds an image of a wide-eyed, crying little girl desperately clutching a lamb, a symbol of innocence, disturbing?" Well,
|I've decided I'm going to keep using this forever.|
...but here's the thing... he was allowed to keep it up.
This set a bold new precedent for our office. If he could have up a personal, favored image that some might find distressing, so could we all! I could have something on my wall that isn't some dumbass motivational poster
or the ubiquitous cat.
...no, it could be anything. Anything that wasn't as disturbing as Clarice, at least - and that casts a very wide net! No longer would my only bit of pleasant art at the office be my desktop wallpaper:
|(Muramasa, of course.)|
...but the word "murder" proved too much for some sensibilities. I took it home and decided to be more ambitious. The next day, I came in with five of my favorite pieces, framed.
Tomb Raider Reborn by iumazark.
This awesome Alice: Madness Returns art I found on some Japanese site.
Okami: The Sun Rises by Hardedge Maelstrom,
a straight-up screenshot from DmC: Devil May Cry, and finally, Vashyron, Zephyr and Leanne staring up at Basel, in some key art from Resonance of Fate.
...and no one has a problem with any of them, thank goodness. I want to expand, now, obviously. I want to take advantage of the gigantic resolution of that Resonance of Fate image to maybe print it out on some bigger paper, I want to bring in some Metal Gear art, some Shadow of the Colossus art, maybe even some Dead Space stuff...
It is a new day.