"It Stops with Cops" - Oil on Canvas by Michael D'Antuono [October 2015]

"It Stops with Cops" - Oil on Canvas by Michael D'Antuono [October 2015]

Is the shadow not matching the action intentional? I feel that it must be, but I can't think of why the artist would choose to do so.

In the shadow the cop is disarmed, the desired affect of the 'it stops with cops' idea.

Its supposed to be telling "good" cops to stop corrupt or dangerous cops instead of defending them when they do something wrong

A written background on the author, Michael D'Antuono.


Michael D'Antuono is an American contemporary artist whose provocative paintings focus primarily on socio-political issues. He is best known for his controversial portrait of U.S. President Barack Obama crucified in front of the Presidential seal entitled "The Truth," which twice became a U.S. and international news story. The UK publication The American called him "one of the world's most controversial artists."


Mr. D'Antuono has also worked as an art director for the New York advertising agency DM&B. Other famous works of his include "A Tale Of Two Hoodies", a piece inspired by Trayvon Martin; "Who the Hell is Grover Norquist?", in response to the Republican Party's opposition to tax increases; and "Brought to You by the NRA", in response to the Sandy Hook shooting.

A written background on the author, Michael D'Antuono.

Michael D'Antuono is an American contemporary artist whose provocative paintings focus primarily on socio-political issues. He is best known for his controversial portrait of U.S. President Barack Obama crucified in front of the Presidential seal entitled "," which twice became a U.S. and international news story. The UK publication The American called him "one of the world's most controversial artists."

Mr. D'Antuono has also worked as an art director for the New York advertising agency DM&B. Other famous works of his include "A Tale Of Two Hoodies", a piece inspired by Trayvon Martin; "Who the Hell is Grover Norquist?", in response to the Republican Party's opposition to tax increases; and "Brought to You by the NRA", in response to the Sandy Hook shooting.

No, he was a violent, deranged man who gunned down an unarmed person.

To me it seemed like the shadow showed the back cop handing the baton to the other one, when really he was stopping him from attacking the suspect. Figured it was about how to outside observers things often appear very different from the actual event.

Maybe the fact that it's a gross misrepresentation of what actually occurred? Trayvon wasn't an 8 year old kid offering strangers candy and Zimmerman isn't even white (KKK) or a cop...

I think your personal bias influences it as the cop taking the baton away or passing it forward.

I think it's very clever and the blank expression of the cop on the left helps reinforce it.

This is unrelated to your argumment with Lord_whatever, but its worth noting that whatever your opinion on whether the NRA is good or bad, and there message in general, they have some stuff worthy of this sub.

http://boingboing.net/images/NR-F8_PERILFINAL.pdf This is my favorite.

Except the NRA spends millions of dollars every year on gun safety training, including programs specifically designed to teach kids not to play with guns.

Even the best of that is too heavy handed for my taste. The NRA poster could really be great if it wasn't for the guns drawn on the blocks and the empty shell casings.

What exactly do you find disgusting about that painting?

It was 'inspired by', not an 'illustration of'. This is a protest piece against systemic racism, which is real, whether you choose to accept it or not. Tamir Rice comes to mind, who, coincidentally, was wearing white when he was shot and killed by a cop, and happened around the same time.

Whew. The lengths people will go to talk themselves out of the obvious. Well he had skittles and iced tea which could mean he was gonna do drugs which could mean he could have been a heavy user which could mean that he was suffering from severe side effects from being heavy user which could mean he was basically a ticking time bomb menace to society!!!!

Or maybe George Zimmerman went looking for a fight, found one, was getting his ass wupped, is a pussy and pulled out his gun because he can't even beat a child which he had like 50 lbs on?

I swear this character assassination of every unarmed black person that gets killed. If I get shot on the way home, Reddit will have my elementary school grades and demerits posted before sundown.

I think the foreground speaks volumes.

The almost Highlights-esque "spot the difference" with the background is a little heavy handed. The piece speaks for itself.

It's not necessarily just about Trayvon Martin.

Of course, but "his political ideologies soil his messages" isn't that interesting or insightful of a criticism when the point of the art to have a political message.

Yea I agree, this is ridiculous. Cops almost never stop each other from using force

Its /sub/propaganadaposters, the point of the art is to be political.

You've completely misrepresented his argument. You should be in PR

Very clean and effective. It's very true, police (should?) police one another. They're best placed to stop abuse etc.

The guy is in handcuffs. Freddie Gray died in police custody. Committing a crime or resisting arrest shouldn't be grounds for an onsite death penalty or street justice. These are real problems. You can argue whether or not they are widespread, but don't pretend they don't happen.

That's like saying sex ed is propaganda to get kids to have sex.

What makes you think it's Trayvon? Trayvon was wearing a black hoodie. And it doesn't even look like him.

The kid represents ANY young black person who is unfairly feared/targeted by the racists in the police forces.

I think what u/dobharcu is getting at is that the shadow represents the ideal or metaphoric effect of police policing each other. The police may still engage in brutality, but by holding themselves accountable and preventing them from using weapons, the damage is mitigated significantly.

It's intentional. In the foreground you have the cop stopping the other cop, and the shadow shows that more than just stopping the cop he's actually disarming him. I would assume it means that cops should not only stop the action, but prevent future actions by disarming them. Getting them fired or something to make sure they don't do it again.

It's a fancy club.

I thought this was one of those weird outsider things painted in jail when I first saw it but after seeing some more of this guys work he kind of reminds me of a liberal Ben Garrison.

Don't put words in my mouth, you don't know me. I'm a Jew of latino descent living in South Florida, you think I've never dealt with discrimination before?

What disgusts me is when people hijack tragedies and politicize them to fit their agenda. Zimmerman wasn't white and wasn't a cop, how does a cartoon of a KKK hood wearing cop accurately depict the situation?

I guess is that to stop police violence, the police officers themselves must stop each other.

My interpretation is that if a police officer takes action to prevent another officer violent behaviour, it starts to weaken the brutality culture inside the police institution. In that sense, the shadow of one police removing the club from the other shadow implies the removal of the violence culture of policemen.

Oh please that's just splitting hairs.

It's a kid in a hoodie with totally-not-Skittles. It's supposed to be Trayvon.

I'm just saying it's quite the shoehorning to put a kkkop next to a totally-not-Trayvon. If he used a more topical case then it would have more meaning.

I think the disconnect is that philosophically, there are a group of people in this country that think more guns=more gun violence. If your philosophy is more guns = more crime, it doesn't really matter that the NRA does good work training people on proper gun handling and safety, their purpose is to promote gun ownership, and thus they are increasing gun crime in this country.

I don't agree with it completely, but I do think there is a legitimate argument that the more manufacturers push for gun ownership, the greater the chances that those guns end up in the hands of crazy people.

Personally, I think the NRA has decided the best way to protect people's rights is to scare them into a bunker where any movement toward gun regulation, even moderate increases, is a step toward totally disarming the populace for who knows what reason. I find that extremely counter-productive when the two sides should be getting together to find common ground between "ban em all" and "from my cold dead hands."

Honestly, I think that is really most of the problem, and then again I am a white dude who's never ever had a problem with cops.

I understand it's a brotherhood and you've got to look out for each other, but shit, if everyone knows that one cop is a douchebag or that he really did fuck up, then fucking say something. They need to learn that they are hurting themselves by not expelling the people who seariously shouldn't be wearing a badge. I don't want to fucking hear it, you know they know who should and shouldn't be a cop.

In that video when the dude was bleeding out, you can hear that cop start to lose his shit. He has no fucking business wearing a badge, he's a coward and he should not have been cleared physcologically. If you have to pull that trigger... it's fucking go time, you can be sad later, but you should have resolve in that you did what you had to do.... not crying with a gun in your hand....

I've had a few encounters with the police in personal environments such as weddings and working with ex-police.

It's pretty disheartening.

I had a guy gleefully tell me how he would try to terrorize the neighborhood kids.

One decided to retire when he paralyzed a man. He still keeps tabs on the guy and takes solace in the fact that he's homeless and unemployed.

I've heard plenty of racist/prejudice bullshit.

The good cops are almost always very caring and professional.

The bad cops take pleasure in doing harm. They never should of been given a badge and now they're protected.

It's actually just because of the shutter speed of the camera.

Agreed, regardless of your political views, you have to admit that is some A+ propaganda.

EDIT: After some digging, it looks like that was a draft that never was actually released. Still, it's impressive.

First of all, this is not a proper subreddit for political argument. 

That being said, talking about "normalizing" assumes that it is not "normal" for children to know anything about guns, much less that the proper thing to do if a gun is found is "Stop, Don't Touch, Leave the Area, and Tell an Adult".

If these NRA programs "normalize" anything, it is the idea that guns are powerful and sometimes dangerous tools that demand respect, responsibility, and adult supervision at all times.

First of all, this is not a proper subreddit for political argument.

That being said, talking about "normalizing" assumes that it is not "normal" for children to know anything about guns, much less that the proper thing to do if a gun is found is .

If these NRA programs "normalize" anything, it is the idea that guns are powerful and sometimes dangerous tools that demand respect, responsibility, and adult supervision at all times.

I like this one! Well drawn, clear message, but not too heavy-handed.

No, it's not. Sex ed is to normalize sexuality.