I dont understand most Art. The other day a friend was
trying to explain Importance of cubism in the History of Art and its
ramifications on Indian Culture..The only word i understood was Picasso.. I am so Culture-challenged!!.
The closest i have come to appreciating and reproducing art was when i traced out a picture(using butter paper!!) for my school magazine. And they didnt even publish that !! ..That’s how bad i was at art !! It’s a different issue that a cousin who used my idea and butter paper to trace out another design got his published
… Life is so unfair!!
Ok, now back to what this post is actually about..When i was in school Dad got me this T-shirt from Rome- The land of liberated people.. I am all for sporting Phoren T-shirts.. What better way to show off to friends that your dad was a globe trotter and that you belonged to the elite crowd that wore only phoren tshirts …
Alas, fate had different plans for me .. The t-shirt had this dude who was, ahem .. not fully clothed. I mean he was baring it all. This dude obviously (in a state of trance ) was trying to reach out to another clothed-old dude and somehow forgotten
to slip on his underwear and pjs before the meeting..This t-shirt arrived in my life at a very impressionable age when the mind is filled with a lot of why’s, how’s and what’s. I could have chosen to shrug of my embarassment , but somehow chose to blush when i showed off my phoren goods to friends who came over home.
This t-shirt gestated in my wadrobe for almost 2 years , when mom threatened one day that if i didnt wear it , she would use it for wiping the kitchen slab.. so, we convened a meeting to discuss to implications of giving up my nude-dude t-shirt.The convention went on and on for hours with us debating the pros and cons of commiting such a horrendous act.
” How can you treat art as rag cloth?” Asked a friend.
” Michelangelo would turn in his grave” Emphatised another. That’s when i got to know that the painting was by Michelangelo.
Finally a Kind soul suggested that we paint an underwear on the nude dude. Till date , i think this girl has the aatma of Michelangelo. Its a different issue that she sold out to commercialism and designs shrink wraps for a living !! So, our friend paints a white contraption on the nude-dude.
Another Kind soul suggested that the Contraption looked like a “langot”(loin cloth)
and that we should be more creative. The least we could do to a masterpiece , she said. So, another sweet soul painted pink polka dots on the Said-Langot making the former nude-dude look like a gay dude.. (oh , yeah we knew what gay meant those days!!)..
Finally satisfied with the handiwork, it was decided that i wear it to an outing the following week…Wear i did, feeling really nervous and sceptical.
” Dont worry , di.. nobody knows art. None will know abt the nude-dude.”quipped sweet michelangelo’s soul , trying to reassure me.
We walk into the movie theatre and this guy (must have been in his late 20’s) looks at me
” Nice T-shirt. Isnt it supposed to have that guy in the nude?” He said Grinning ear to ear.
People told me later that i blushed the colour of Tomato.Though, i think its difficult for someone of my colouring to blush a tomato red !.
Ah, well.How was i supposed to know that the nude-dude painting was that famous..!!That was the last time the nude-dude t-shirt was sighted…
The things that we do in the heat of our youth 😉