The slogan started as a joke. In my haste and carelessness, I'd made the central figure's body too wide -- wide enough, it occurred to me, for a written message. But what message? Well, how about something really stupid? So I decided to warn of the dangers of communism, though I don't actually worry about communism -- I just thought it was mildly amusing to imagine putting out such blatant and manipulative propaganda.
Here's that old picture. Is that an ear on the side there, that big thing? No idea.
The new painting stems not from this old sketch, but from a 2022 rework, with the slogan tweaked for maximum stupidity. I call it "Propaga," 17.5 x 30.5 x .75 insm house paint, oil pastel, graphite, tinfoil.