These Powerful Illustrations Show How Backwards Today’s Society Really Is

 Gavin Nascimento, founder of, believes that artists reveal truth in the world that we all live in. Nascimento argues that personal creativity results in deeper and more meaningful communication, or, more specifically, he contends that human thoughts, feelings, and language all require personal creativity in order to be fully realized.

Nascimento titled one of his collections “Art Should Comfort the Disturbed and Disturb the Comfortable,” which (I think) means that art should always drastically alter the viewer’s—or the experiencer’s—perspectives. Depending on each unique individual, their viewpoints may turned on their heads (as the title of the collection implies), or their perceptions may simply be tweaked in such a way that enables the individual to obtain a more extensive or meaningful understanding of something significant in life.

Through his artwork, Nascimento asserts that choice is an allusion, that modern athletes are merely advertisers (or advertisements!), and that drug abuse is a result of attempting to escape pain rather than trying to experience happiness. Although I don’t agree with these insights 100% of the way, I certainly appreciate them, and I definitely take their points. As mentioned, each unique individual is just that, so I don’t feel as though Nascimento expects (or wants) all human beings to share is perspectives precisely or completely.

Furthermore, Nascimento illustrates that “the system” has become mankind’s god, that human apathy has practically caused homeless people to become invisible, and that many serious global crises are merely crises of greed and apathy. Again, in my opinion, Nascimento is saying much more than he has physically composed, but what little he has clearly articulated sums up these universal issues as perfectly as can be expected.

However, please recall the recurring theme of each unique individual needing to experience and interpret these ideas differently and personally—and think about this all for yourself.

The illusion of choice…/Artist unknown

“Feed me!”/Artist credit: John Holcroft

Athletes have turned into walking advertisements /Artist credit: Luis Quiles

Go to school, study hard, get a good…./Artist unknown

“Here fishy fishy…”/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

Drug abuse is directly linked to escaping pain, and is usually rooted in child hood trauma/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

It’s all about business/Artist credit: John Holcroft

Man has allowed the system to become his god/Artist credit: Unknown

Santa’s real elves…/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

Most girls are attracted to the worst guys/Artist Credit: Luis Quiles

Stuck in your own bubble/Artist credit: John Holcroft

Biggest liars on the planet/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

‘Murica!!!!/Artist credit: Pokket Mowse

Our apathy has allowed homeless people to practically become invisible/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

Choose your own path in life or society will choose one for you/Artist credit: Luis Quiles

There is no water crisis, there is only a crisis of greed and apathy/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyńskii

Slavery comes in many forms…/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

Stop looking for temporary solutions and quick fixes to your problems. You only have so many opportunities to escape your circumstances in life/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

Who really rules the world?/ Artist unknown

The zombie apocalypse is already here…/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

Time waits for no one…/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

We were born to change this cruel world, but then we get brainwashed to serve it/Artist credit: Anthony Clarkson

There is nothing glorious or praiseworthy about war, except the day it ceases to exist/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

It’s all just a game to them, and the people are the one’s that always lose /Artist credit: Luis Quiles

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.” — Paul Farmer/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

“When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are ruled by criminals.”/Artist unknown

A politicians promise will eventually end up in the gutter…/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

If you don’t shape your own mind, the system will gladly do it for you/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

“We are born innocent. We are polluted by advice.” — Henry David Thoreau/Artist credit: Unknown

What an ignorant society thinks freedom is…/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

Perspective…/Artist credit: damnkidyk

Some more perspective…/Artist credit: Larry Torro

An endless cycle of shit… and we just keep eating it up/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

The domino effect…/Artist credit: Unknown

Rebellion is not what most people think it is; rebellion is when you turn off the TV and start educating yourself and thinking for yourself/Artist credit: luthyen1



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