Wednesday, March 25, 2009

magic markers

a couple of days ago, sophie sent round this article about a "pink" elephant caught on camera. FAIL. we see you trying to ride the coat tails of jean-luc's steez.

sophie: it's more, beige? terracotta?

i was trying to come up with another name for brown so i googled "crayola clay" (i don't know) and OMFG. a few google images later....



do you have any idea how amazing this is? maybe i'm late to the party, but i've never seen them before. are they new? they definitely weren't around when i was younger. i remember many a time being caught between a rock and a brown place when faced with the dilemma of drawing my/my family's SKIN COLOUR. i couldn't colour it in a peachy pink cus it wasn't. i couldn't shade it lightly with a lemony yellow pencil cus that wasn't it. i always ended up leaving it blank.

i'll never forget the one and only time i remember hearing a racial slur to my face, in year 4, "at least my skin isn't poo-coloured!" to which i replied (without missing a beat) "at least my skin isn't the colour of a cow!".... doesn't really work, does it.

point of the matter is, no kid wants poo-coloured skin!(back then, little did i know how much i would appreciate the year-round 'TAN' as i grew older) but with these crayola multicultural markers, there is a myriad of possibilities! up to 80, in fact. and i'm sure they all have amazing exotic names.



AND turns out crayola aren't the only ones profiting from race relations. "colors of my friends"??? hell yeah sargent art. that black is a bit too black though maybe. no one is ACTUALLY black.

6 comments:

schroeter said...

i cant wait to out-flirt you.

Michaella said...

I love this!

sophie said...

some of them are actually black. you can only see the whites of their eyes, would need to use the pink from the regular crayolas for the inside of their hands. you know those ones!

Ms Fitz said...

Ammaazing!!

TheFlamingHips said...

this is VERY funny neza!! I have the skin colour of a cow. a pink sun burnt cow...

Pam J said...

So awesome! I wish they had these when my multiracial kids were little!