It’s been a while since I did anything remotely creative, Arsenal-related. I used to dabble and doodle over coffee and a smoke – churning out Gunner propaganda quite regularly. Now I find myself caught up in more administrative, left-brain tasks – and, as I’m sure you all know too well, those tend to suck the life out of the fun stuff. Pity how that works, innit?
Anyhow. My partner-in-crime (and Blogmaster-General here at Gunners Town) Dave suggested that I launch the new season with an image of the Ox. As a bull. Ready to charge.
Sounds simple – until you actually try and put a human on a bull’s body. Especially when you only have access to a few suitable photos of a bull. (I ended up having to use a statue…) And then you have to find a photo of the OX that matches that of the bull. And do you use the OX’s head on a bull’s body? Nope – too weird – especially with horns. How about a bull head on the OX’s body? Uh-uh. Looks wimpy.
So – I ended up with something minotaurish. Looking at it now – the bull’s body should probably be a lot bigger. And I maybe I should have put it in pants, or removed its genitals to make it more SFW. I didn’t.
Here it is, for what it’s worth. If you’re a photoshop junkie and you want to make your own player/animal mashup – by all means send it to us and we’ll put it up here.
… and here’s to the OXTERMINATOR leading the charge as Arsenal (hopefully) storms to its first league title in a dozen years.
I was eleven-and-a-half. My family had just emigrated from Rhodesia to South Africa. All the kids on my street supported United or Liverpool, because of their Southern African goalkeeper connections: Bailey for United and Grobbelaar for ‘Pool. Problem was: I didn’t like the colour red – so when FA Cup Final day came around in 1979, I supported the team in yellow, even though their name sounded like “Asshole”. At the final whistle, I had bragging rights and a team that had won my heart.
Then I discovered that the Gunners also wore red. Luckily, I remained loyal, and the Arsenal has kicked my heart around ever since… (apart from a few lost years in the ’90s and early ’00s, when I was busy doing grownup things as a composer in Hollywood).
Abandoned invinciblog.com to launch this site with 1 Nil Down 2 One Up blogfather Dave Seager – and we have used this platform to help launch the writing careers of a number of amazing Arsenal bloggers.