First, I know that this image doesn’t have an obvious connection with its title. However, I’m a big fan of words. I enjoy antiquated phrases and rarely used figures of speech. I also love old typewriters. Wait, I should clarify that- I love how old typewriters LOOK. Typing with one is an entirely different matter. The clickety-clack tapping of the metal keys and the ding-zip! of the platen (the interwebs tell me that’s what it’s called) are certainly romantic. When I see a typewriter like this, I think of fedoras with cards tucked into them, men holding doors open for ladies in fabulous outfits with impeccable hair and makeup, and everyone talking like Jimmy Stewart saying stuff like “Vaudeville’s dead, see!”. So that’s where the “Pow, right in the kisser!” bit comes from. 😉
This test print is on a dictionary page and came out very well with a light ink application. You’ll notice I carved this on the other half of a single block of lino; the sewing machine’s on the other end.
To stick with “the parlance of our times*” for a moment, this linocut came out “Sharp, I tell you! Just dandy!”. Or “Real slick! That’s a fine image there, printmaker!”. Or “Golly, lady! Shouldn’t you be baking a pie instead of getting caught up in this sort of thing? You don’t want to spill the inkwell on your nice dress!”. 😉 Ah, the 2010s. Nostalgia has its place now and then until it gets out of line, I guess. This one will be good for some nice “keep in touch” cards, don’t you think?
*Oh yeah. That’s a Big Lebowski reference, alright. Enjoy.