Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Petra & The Monster with no Name




About a week ago, Stick and Balloon were commissioned to do a piece for a very piplatchka cafe/restaurant called Preparrazzi. It’s going to be our biggest piece ever (about 1.5m across ), made up of 4 panels, and each of us will work on 2 panels each. I'm working on the side bits, while Sara Chong is doing the main middle and top feature. 
The whole piece is based on the quote: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 
The side panels were inspired by a fictional children's storybook called Monster With No Name, from the book Monster by Naoki Urasawa. 
"A long, long time ago
In a land far away, there was a monster without a name
The monster wanted a name so badly.
So the monster left on a journey to find a name.
But the world was so large that he split into two to make his journey.
One went to the west and the other went toward the east.
The monster who went to the east found a village.
At the entrance of the village there was a blacksmith.
Mr. Blacksmith, please give me your name.
You can't give away your name.
If you give me your name, I'll enter you and give you strength.
Really? If you can make me stronger, then I'll give you my name.
The monster entered the blacksmith.
The monster became Otto the Blacksmith.
Otto the Blacksmith became the strongest one in the village.
But one day he said,
"Look at me. Look at me. Look at how large the monster inside of me has become."
Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Gobble Gobble! Gulp!
The hungry monster ate Otto from the inside out.
The monster returned to being a nameless monster.
Even when he entered Hans the shoemaker,
Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Gobble Gobble! Gulp!
He returned to being a nameless monster.
When he entered Thomas the hunter...
Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Gobble Gobble! Gulp!
He once again returned to being a nameless monster.
The monster came to a castle looking for a wonderful name.
In the castle, there was a sick boy.
If you give me your name, I'll give you strength.
If you can cure this illness and make me strong, I'll give you my name.
The monster entered the boy.
The boy became well.
The king was so pleased! The prince is well! The prince is well!
The monster liked the boy's name.
He also liked living in the castle.
So even though he was hungry, he endured.
Every day he stomach growled, but he endured it.
However, he was so hungry, that one day he said,
"Look at me. Look at me. Look at how large the monster inside of me has become."
The boy ate the king and even his servants.
Crunch Crunch! Munch Munch! Gobble Gobble! Gulp!
Since there was no one there anymore, the boy went on a journey.
He kept on walking for days and days.
One day, the boy met the monster who traveled to the west.
" I have a name. It's a wonderful name, too."
The monster who went to the west said, "I don't need a name. I'm happy even without a name."
We just have to accept that we are monsters without a name.
The boy ate the monster who went to the west.
He finally had a name, but all the people who could call him by that name have disappeared.
And Johann was such a wonderful name, too."

1 comment:

  1. "To exist inside the monster of the universe: that is what we share; and we-- each of us, all of us-- are the monster..."

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