Sex Education

sex education36″ x 44″, Acrylic on canvas, 2006      (Collection of the Artist)

Not every Best Man picture is as it seems at first glance. In this piece The Best Man is a teacher with a cruel and joking edge. There is always some moral message in The Best Man paintings, in this piece The Best Man is pointing out all the std’s one could get if not careful. Around his left arm is a serpent and the forbidden fruit. Which represents the sexual temptations his students will someday face. On the backs of the students someone has put signs and cruel names without them knowing, Could it be The Best Man himself? I seen this happen alot in my high school days. People labelled certian things with a tap on the back. This does happen in real life, I seen it in my own high school days. They read, Poor Little Rich Girl, Faggot and Dumb Blond. The reason they’re labelled in this piece is to show that std’s effect everyone, bisexuals, heterosexuals and homosexuals. The idea of labelling the students, has alot to do with all the bullying going on in our schools today. I may have used the word “Faggot” but I am just as concerned for them as anyone else when it comes to sexual health. I myself got a few gay friends, I treat them just like any other friend. On the blackboard you will see the words “Good Luck Fuckers”, This is The Best Man being his myschievious self. The word “Fuckers” wasn’t meant to be an insult, but rather a kind of scolding, because not all are gonna practise safe sex. The word “Fuckers” is also another way of describing the sexually active students. – THE BEST MAN ENGAGEMENTS

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