Rihanna's 15 Minutes Of Unwanted Fame

Is it a statement about violence against women? Some sort of odd homage?

"I thought the bruises in the police photo were interesting shapes to draw," artist Sham told E! Online, about his Andy Warhol-esque painting of Rihanna's now infamous police photo. "And it was cool to color them pink and blue. Those are two of my favorite colors. There is no message to any of my art," he says of his work, Disturbia. "It's meant to look cool hanging on your wall and that's it! I'm not into deep meanings."

It seems unlikely that an artist would be so flippantly uncaring about using such a controversial image and perhaps wants people to make their own interpretations.

Said one commentator: "In four quick panels he condemns Chris Brown and all his enablers * particularly the entertainment media * for the free pass Brown gets. And Sham indicates (through mass production) that we shall certainly see this crime again...and again...and again."

I'd like to hope so.

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You're A Bad Man, Chris Brown
Pop Art


  1. Maybe he was trying to show how merciless repetition of the story in the pop media was trivializing the issue -ie Oprah and Jessica Simpson's comments.

    As Homer Simpson might say - Anyone can be an art cricket!