Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Finkbuilt Fine Art Givaway!


Congratulations Tom Raywood.

Steve Keene is a Brooklyn artist who paints assembly line style, turning out walls of multiples of each composition. After earning a Fine Arts degree from Yale, Keene soon developed the SK Art model, bringing original works to the masses by painting in Bulk.

In the beginning, Steve would sell his paintings mostly at rock shows in the NY area. His friendship and admiration for musicians was central to the evolution of his whole approach to painting and distribution. His work can be seen on album covers for Silver Jews, Pavement, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing and others. You can read more about Steve and his work on his website, or at NPR.

In 1996 I was playing drums in a band called Incredible Force of Junior. We were driving around the Northeast and Southeast playing shows. One of the shows on this tour took place in what is one of the coolest venues imaginable, the belly of a formerly sunken ship called the Frying Pan. The Frying Pan was a “Lightship” built in 1929. At some point, the ship fell into abandonment and sank, but it was later salvaged. The outside and upper half was cleaned up and painted, but the inside of the hull was left with its its rusty, barnacle encrusted, sunken-ship motif in tact. Down in the belly is where the bands played. It was amazing.

Up on deck there was an old homebuilt helicopter powered by a motorcycle engine, and a self-service SK art gallery where you could drop $3 into an oil drum and take any painting that you wanted. I took a copy of “Detroit”.

That’s how I got the painting.

I am now giving the painting away to the Finkbuilt reader who seems to want it the most. Using the comments for this post, just tell me why you want the painting. At the end of one month’s time At the end of June, I will ship the painting to whoever seems to want it the most. Good Luck!

Update: I will ship the painting at no cost to the lucky winner if they happen to live in the contuguous 48 US states. International winners will recieve a $US 10.00 discount off the actual shipping cost.

284 Responses to “Finkbuilt Fine Art Givaway!”

  1. Ralph Leonen Says:

    I want it the most because I cared enough to ask for it first.


  2. Steve James Says:

    I think I should have the painting as it is a perfect colour match for my living room, and as such will mean that I will not have to redecorate for some time if the painting fits in so well. Also, it should go to someone like myself who is not resident in the USA, that’s because a pic of Detroit for me in London UK, is far more exotic than it would be for an American.

  3. Sam Oldak Says:

    As a student, I don’t have money to buy artwork, and other entertainment.

    “Think of the children! Why won’t anyone think of the children!”

  4. Fred Blasdel Says:

    I’d love it for the 60 square foot closet in my parent’s apartment I’m going to live in this summer. It won’t have any windows, so lovely art is going to have to be a must.


  5. Ken Barrett Says:

    It’s a very ‘neat-o’ piece Steve, and that story about The Frying Pan was really interesting. I’ve always been a big fan of Soul Coughing. “A man flies a plane into the Chrysler building!!”

    I’m not putting in a bid to take this piece off your hands for reasons you’re already aware of, but I’d like to know who gets it and where it ends up! Maybe the winner can post a photo of it proudly displayed in its new home?

    That would be cool.

    I really like your blog! Loads of fun! See ya soon!!!

  6. James Mitchelhill Says:

    Top 5 reasons I deserve this painting:

    1) My current decoration consists of 1 goat skull (a treasure from my childhood), 1 ‘Pulp Fiction’ poster (slightly torn), and 2 Luis Royo posters (from my student days). Man do I ever need some culture.

    2) My student days were spent in the Midlands in England. This was once the car-production capital of the UK. The painting will remind of the centuries of labour by the proletariat which funded and enabled my bourgoise dreams, thereby raising my class consciousness.

    3) I am poor and want to become the envy of my friends. Currently my means to do this include the aforementioned decor, a first UK edition of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel ‘Ada’ (slightly foxed, lacking cover), and a first UK edition of Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Kafka on the Shore. None of my friends read, but maybe I can teach them to appreciate pretty pictures.

    4) That girl I knew who did fine art at university and who eventually dumped me will become insanely jealous of my actual ownership of fine art. This will give me the chance to laugh bitterly at her and gloat about it on my blog, which will bring succour to the pain of all pol/sci students who have been dumped by cooler-than-thou art chix.

    5) I never win nothin’

  7. Lou Says:

    I live in the back of my truck canopy. Right now the walls are covered in condensation and a thin dusting of pollen from this years hemlock bloom. The windows are blocked with stylish aluminum foil to keep out the high summer sun and prying eyes of tourists and a few drunks. I would place the painting of “Detriot” on the ceiling to stare at during the cold nights while cuddling my freshly filled pee-bottle to keep warm.

  8. Mike D. Says:

    Contest over. It’s Lou, in a landslide!

  9. Kris Says:

    Wow! I’m not sure I deserve it the most, but…

    Today I had a friend over and I was telling her about my (admittedly OCD) need to organize my books according to the Dewey Decimal System. What a lot of work that will be for the hundreds of books we’ve amassed!

    But I found a happy little shareware program that will give you the Dewey Decimal number and organize your volumes into a neat list after you scan in the barcode or enter the ISDN number. It also works on CDs.

    To illustrate this, I pulled a CD off the shelf to enter and show her how Readerware works. It was the first one on the shelf, “Fun Trick Noisemaker” by The Apples In Stereo.

    She was impressed, and then we went to see a horrible movie.

    I returned home, and there was that CD, sitting between my keyboard and mouse, showing off its’ multiple paintings by Steve Keene, when I read this story.

  10. Wilbur Says:

    I have one Steve did of “Girl with pearl earring” which a mate brought back from touring with Mogwai. It was one of those vital must do, for any band visiting NY. I like the way the wire to hang the painting is visible from the front, whatever you do don’t frame.
    One’s enough for me, good luck, to whoever wins it!

  11. Joe Says:

    I think I deserve it not just because it would tie some rooms together, but because I am a Detroit native. My father was a Detroit factory worker (just retired from Ford after 35 years of service), most of my friends work in the factories (the Products, River Rouge Ford plant, Detroit Stamping, etc…) in the area. I really think that this painting pays homage to the feeling that you get after spending long hours doing the most repetitve tasks and finally make it outside to see the beautiful blue sky. I don’t deserve this because my home is decrepid, but I deserve this because this painting has my family’s past written all over it.

  12. joey Says:

    That is the coolest venue!

    Ok here goes…Here is why I would love the painting:

    I just moved to Seattle, WA from the north bay of California to continue my pursuit in acting. After studying for 2 years at my college and moving locally several times I moved to the north bay from my small town hoping for more opportunities and to act with new people. It was great for a while but I wasn’t feeling challenged enough.

    Thing is, with me each time I moved there were 2 things that were dear to me that were both constructed during my technical theatre course in college 5 years ago. 1) A lamp I built out of cassette tapes and free internet CD’s (the cassettes were the base and I strung the actual cassette tape along a hidden pole where the chord was also hiding then glued CDs together in a “bursting” fashion upwards shading the blue light bulb to convey that from cassettes came CD’s. A future of music media theme). and 2) a self portrait I painted (also my first and only painting). My instructor told me to try something easier but I fought him on it and he conceded. In the end he was proud and so was I.

    But for this move to Seattle I wasn’t able to take these 2 items. I packed everything into the van that I could and had to leave a few things that were a necessity and sadly those 2 items were left behind for the 12.5 hour trip that I made.

    So my new room is nice and i put a few posters up but not a lot of artistic inspiration anymore. So that is my adventure. Thanks!

  13. James Says:

    I love that painting. I will love and cherish it forever.

  14. Chris Says:

    My girlfriend and I just moved in together, and while I was away at a conference she took the liberty of decorating our bedroom in the ever so classic, victorian-rose style. Our bedspread is now white with roses all over it. Our furniture has been painted with white-crackle paint. Then there are the cross-stiched pillows with pink and red and violet roses. I swear to God there’s more lace in that room than a Victoria Secret store…and not in a good way. There are lace doilies, lace curtains, lace booties for the cat. And, this whole Mary Poppins, victorian-rose clean-room style is working its way into the bathroom! If we’re going to go victorian, FINE, let’s add a touch of the industrial revolution to the mix. I’ll use the Keene painting to replace the supposedly “antique” silhouette portrait of a man’s face that I’m guessing is probably my girlfriend’s ex.

  15. John Says:

    I am just now finishing my doctoral dissertation and getting ready to enter the “real world.” With a real job, and a real house, etc. As I am just starting out I don’t have the sort of discretionary money available to decorate my new abode with any sort of art that wasn’t purchased at Wal-Mart. (Despite having an advanced degree, it’s in science, meaning I have lots of fun at work, but I’m never going to be rich.) This would also make for a lovely congratulations gift for finally finishing school after these many years.

    I would love the painting…please.

  16. Barbara Says:

    i was the one who wanted the lightbulb, but i’ll take what i can get… haha.

  17. Name Says:

    I think Chris should get it. Lace and roses is wrong. Didn’t you screen this girl before you let her move in? Geez. Do a lace-and-rose background check next time…

  18. Kevin Stock Says:

    I want it so I can hang it on my wall for a year and enjoy it, and then pass it on to another unknown over the internet in the same way that you are doing now.

  19. Clint Says:

    I want this painting. For a couple of reasons.

    First, I love the painting — particularly the red/orange and mustard colors, and the way the smoke coming from the factories resembles two kites. It would match up well with the Radio Flyer I use as a coffee table and other weird stuff I’ve picked up. It will adorn the living room of my one bedroom apt on Fairfax in Los Angeles. For what it’s worth, my largest window exposes right onto Fairfax (a very busy street) between Pico and Olympic (a very busy area). All the bus riders in my predominently low income area congregate at the bus stop right outside the window. This painting would be something nice for them to look at and think about while waiting for the bus. A much better and more productive idea than me putting some propoganda there or one of my own poor quality paintings.

    Second, I appreciate the social experiment of giving stuff away online. I’d like to participate in it and spread the idea. I like studying and doing this stuff. After doing web site content for David Bowie and the New York Yankees, and doing e-commerce research for the Clinton-Gore White House as an intern, I’ve developed a real taste for online culture-y stuff. Nowadays, I’m working for labor unions, trying to develop communities through communications products, including through online efforts. This would be a good story exemplifying the community model of web life.

    Bonus reason… I will do the same thing with something I own for someone else. Better yet, I’ll do 2-3 items, pay-it-forward style. (The movie kinda sucked, but a good idea.)

  20. Rob Says:

    I would really enjoy having the artwork. I’m not an art expert but I know what I like. I has an industrial quality that hits home with me. Thanks for allowing me to comment.

  21. oscar Says:

    I would like to kiss your ass like the rest of the lot here and I am sure you are the nicest guy in the world giving paintings away and all, but I’m not gonna. I just want to sell the fucker so I can treat myself to some hookers… it’s been a while u see

  22. David Lyon Says:

    Hi Steve ~

    I have a love/hate relationship with this Steve Keene picture. To me it greatly symbolizes the exportation of pollution. I want it sooooo bad (how bad do you want it)……I want it sooooo bad that I tacked on 4 additional o’s after my so, when I wrote “sooooo bad”.

  23. stuart Says:

    I want this picture $5worth. Or am I missing something?

  24. Curtis Says:

    I think I want that painting the most because I think I understand Keene’s artistic point of view. I’m an artist and a musician, and I firmly beleive that art doesn’t have to cater to an elitist group of ‘autograph hounds’. Art is media, and is meaningless without an audience that appreciates it’s intrinsic values. To disseminate your visual works in a broad fashion to people at meager sums is inspiring and heartening to me. I think that all media should be approached in this way and I’ve never understood why ‘art’ was any different. That and I am a poor freelance artist/musician and I don’t like hanging my own paintings in my apt. I could trade you for one of my own . . . that’s how much I want it!

  25. swingingpuss Says:

    Nice painting, but I do not think I want it hanging in my living room. It expresses modern life too bleakly and darkly.

  26. Pat Says:

    I have three paintings in my studio apartment, all of which were found on the street, almost vanishing from memory. I have a large 24×36 framed fall landscape painting, that draws me down a trail and reminds me of my first home; the other two are 24×12 oil paintings, one that distinctly looks like a small town on a cliff, the other, a pair of thatched huts at the end of a path. I shop for my art at only the store of the dispossessed. Your painting would be a fit into my series of found and nearly wasted art, holding onto these works that lost their audience. But none of this is a reason for why I should receive it. The reason is because you will want to see this exact complementation in person so that you, too, become a part of the art.

  27. Keith Says:

    that’s fantastic. if nobody else gets it, i’ll take.

  28. I-Wei Says:

    I want the painting the most because I am in the process of converting my decor from college dorm-style posters and mass production IKEA graphics to original paintings. So far I have a painting of Strong Bad that a friend did and an painting of abstract freeform paint swirls. This Steve Keene painting fits in somewhere between pop and abstract. Plus I really like it a lot, I can stare at it for hours.

  29. Keith Says:

    that’s fantastic. if nobody else gets it, i’ll take.

  30. Steve Says:

    Wow! That painting is amazing! It just calls out to me in so many ways. The colour, the shapes, the feelings it evokes – I’d kill for such a masterpiece! Please, please, please choose me – it’s simply amazing. It feels like we’re meant to be together…

  31. SF Johnny Says:

    My home office hasn’t changed paint/colors since it was built as an addition in 1954; it is bland +1. If given this painting, I will paint the room in all colors represented and give the piece prominent display front and center. I will also chronicle the entire process in images and prose for Finkbuilt readers to (hopefully) enjoy!

  32. Joe Sixpack Says:

    All previous posts attempt to answer “Who deserves the painting the most?” or “Who needs the painting the most?”

    The contest is “Who wants it the most?” Upon seeing the posted photo two hours ago, I developed an erection so turgid it could decorticate walnuts and crush ice. It has yet to subside despite repeated efforts. My desire for this painting frightens me!

  33. Rob Says:

    I want the painting not because I think it would compliment some other aspect of my house, car, office, etc. I want this because I genuinely like the way it looks.

  34. jeff Says:

    i don’t really want it. it’s not that great and wouldn’t go with my decor.

  35. Marshall Says:

    Damn. I really want that painting because I’m a student who likes culture and art and am stuck in Utah, which is a shithole. It would be an awesomely nice change from these white walls with nothing on them. I really just want a nice painting, and I didn’t even realize it until I saw this.

  36. Marshall Says:

    Oh, and I’m from Detroit, and I could spend my time making up stories about what the hell it was.

  37. steven quinn Says:

    hi, i am steven quinn. im young, an artist etc etc . i am good !!and not american so maybe im actually being truthful. i am irish actually living in ireland. i am doing a masters and being sponsored…soooo. i am willing to do a swap. i only really make lage photographic prints so my postage will cost more than yours, ha. unless your willing to meet up in the summer in new york somewhere, maybe i will make a film about it!?
    visit my site and see what you think.

  38. Jayce Says:

    Looking at that picture reminds me of being home, lol. I’m originally from right near Detroit, and was abruptly taken out of the country by my father when I was about 14. Leaving my whole life up in the air, lol.

    I hav’nt been back to the states(or home) except for 2 projects in NY in years, and I’d love to have anything that would remind me in the least of home, anything that would make me feel somewhat connected to my roots.

    Hope you consider me, and if not, I still love your site!

  39. KevanDuke Says:

    I don’t want it.

    In fact, keep that atrocious piece of garbled riff-raff as far from me as possible.

    I might even pay you or someone you know to carry it round the world, monitoring my movements via GPS, ensuring that at all times it is at the diametric pole to my current position on the Earth. I might do that. How much do you think you might charge?

    If you decide for some sadistic purpose that you’re actually going to give it to me, you’ll have to find me first… and trust me, I’ll be hiding, and hiding well.

    If you should happen to track me down, well then we shall have to have a fistfight, to see who will be forced to walk away with the painting. I’ll warn you that while I’m not in particularly good shape, nor have I remotely been trained in any fighting art, I am quite devious and do fight very dirty.

    Now, if I were to admit at this point to using reverse psychology, well that would null the effect. Therefore I defiantly posit that this is most certainly NOT reverse psychology, although I have been known to make use of it in the past.

    Please act accordingly.

  40. Chunk Says:

    I was beaten severely as a child by my father’s new wife after my mother was killed in a blender accident.

    I ran away from home and grafted animal skin all over my body so I could get a job as a freak in a circus show. One of the fire performers dropped his torch near me and all of my fur burned off. The circus fired me and I spent the rest of my time wandering around painting driftwood with bat guano and blood for tourists and searching for a lover who isn’t a tranny.

    I have always felt I’ve been missing something.

    It is this painting. I am sure of it.

    (Are you gonna pay for shipping?)

  41. Ed Says:

    To compare my “want” to the “want” of others is like comparing an all-consuming obsession to a slight urge. Over the years, I have developed a high tolerance level to “want”, so much so, that I am considered a scientific anamoly.

    It is I.

  42. Anthony Says:

    From reading the past and predicting the future comments, I can’t say that I deserve it the most. But man, I really want it. Here’s why:

    1) I have lived in and around Detroit my whole life.
    2) I live in an awkwardly-shaped room with drab white walls in a miserable college town.
    3) I’m yet to hang anything on the aforementioned walls in fear of my security deposit being stolen by my landlord.
    4) I have been in search of something worthy of hanging (posters, art, etc.) but have not found anything worthwhile (except maybe the painting you tease me with).
    5) Even if I found anything worth hanging, I cannot afford it as I am a starving college student trying to graduate as soon as possible and avoid extreme debt.

    I can probably live with plain white walls for another year but I would absolutely appreciate not doing so. Please help!

  43. cameron Says:

    i want the painting because i find its high-minded, psuedo-intellectual attempt at a commentary on our consumer society a sad excuse for “art.” i will hang it in my room, scoffing at it regularly, in reference to some obscure walter benjamin essay, though secretly at night when everyone has gone home, i will wrap myself in my baby blanket ive saved through all these years, and quiver in front of it, staring in guilt and awe, as a single tear rolls down my cheek.

  44. Steve Says:

    I’m Steve Keene, and I painted this painting years ago. I bet you didn’t know that for this one, I used my toes! After years of painting and selling my work for only $3 a painting, I am now totally broke. I sold off my last painting last month to make rent for my tiny apartment in Nebraska (the cheapest apartment I could find in the US), and have now completely depleted my art supplies. I can’t afford any new paint or canvas, much less my old, worn-out brushes. If you give me this painting, I can sell it for $75, which will allow me to purchase enough supplies to be able to be able to make more paintings, which I can then sell in order to pay rent this month. But hurry, we have to start now so that I can begin the process of painting and selling, painting and selling in order to pay rent by June 1st! Don’t wait for the end of the contest, please just give it to me now! Oh yeah and I haven’t eaten in three days either.

  45. Marc Says:

    My 3 year old said it was “beautiful” and my 5 year old said it was “pretty”. I promised them they might get the painting if they would finally go to sleep.

  46. Waddie Greywolf Says:

    I think what you’re doing is a wonderful idea, and I’m sure you’ll get some interesting pleas for ownership. I had to write to tell you what a joy it is to see such generosity in this age of corporate greed. I like the painting very much, but I don’t know what I’d do with it. I’m getting a little long in the tooth to be collecting anything that beautiful. I’ve been slowly getting rid of everything I own to be free and less encumbered. Possessions become a burden after a while. You begin to live for them and not others.

    I like the idea of the artist creating great amounts of art for the masses. A number of artist have done it. Pacasso did it, and so did Warhol. It certainly doesn’t detract from the beauty of the piece. One person wrote he would pass it on within a year. That’s a great idea and perhaps a condition that might be considered. Good luck picking a winner.

  47. IvyMike Says:

    Keep it.

  48. Marc Says:

    Kids are asleep now.

  49. Jason Says:

    I want it because this posting has gotten attention and has made it it so desireable and attractive.

  50. Kimble Says:

    It’s taken years of recovery to be able to finally say this. I want the Steve Keene the most. “Recovery? Why?” You say…First, you should know I already started with an obsessive personality. In fact, the shoe obsession (the really expensive ones by designers with five letter names – Gucci, Prada, etc…) is one of the main reasons I am begging for art – no more money to buy it myself. So, back to the recovery…Steve almost drove me crazy several years ago. So crazy that I was forced into a deep downward spiral. You see, some friends own an art gallery. And once a year, every year they host a Steve Keene Christmas Gift extravaganza $5, $10 and $15 art for the masses. Year 1 it was album covers. I fell for them…HARD. Bought all the Dead Kennedy’s, some surf tunes, and Dylan. Year two, it was old masters…Just hearing about them made me froth at the mouth. I planned for weeks. Which would I buy? How much wall space could I cover? Then I did something I would live to regret. The paintings arrived at the gallery later than expected. Only one day to unpack and hang hundreds. My friends called and asked for help. “Sure.” I said. Famous last words. They came in crates, no particular order, no particular size, no suggestions of price. There were three of us. We unpacked and hung and unpacked and hung more. We couldn’t stop to eat or sleep. We lost track of time. It was days. At least it felt like days. It couldn’t have been because we only had one day. When it was all over, I was a broken girl. I couldn’t bring myself to buy one of them. Not even one. Instead, in my last moment of sanity, I bought several as gifts for my family for Christmas. Then I packed those gifts up in neat little packages and sent them in one big box to the family Christmas. They never arrived. That’s right. They were lost. I suspect a curse. This painting could be just the thing to lift the curse. But knowing my luck, it will get lost in the mail. You should send it anyway.

  51. johno Says:

    The most? I REALLY WANT it. Imagine that in like infinity point font. I want it a lot. I’ll show you how much i want it, just wait. I’ll make a lava flow spell out “johno wants it” and sell the flow on ebay and then arrange the money i make from selling it into a big, viewable-from-space mosaic that says “johno REALLY wants it.” I’ll do that somewhere like in the Sahara or maybe the Midwest, or Antarctica, but somewhere that people will make pilgrimages to and the people will come and they will gradually add to all the ends of the letters with whatever they can find so like the ‘L’ will be really tall and long, and the bottoms of the “n” and “h” and “R” will stretch reallllly far so that they become pathways for people to follow, and eventually these will become major trade routes, all called the “johno-wants” as an expression of my want for this painting, which will stand at the center of a small canvass temple situated in the center of the O and will remain there for centuries and be fought over as this strange religion gradually grows and grows.

    Long after the original lava flow disintegrates into dust, after the currency has shriveled in value and stature, the painting, encased in my polyurethane lust for it, will endure.

    That’s how much I want it.

  52. chris Says:

    I live in Detroit.

  53. Abid Says:

    In an effort to bring culture and art into my life, I’ve gotten to the point of blowing up old photographs of my dad (who died when I was 3) and copying them on the old copier at school…its a neat thing to glance up at when I’m reading over silly cases from hundreds of years ago at 2 in the morning on a tuesday.

    I really need this painting.

    My apartment as of last week is plastered with white poster boards with elements of various legal concepts scribbled with my trusty sharpie. Seeing that Uncle Sam and my own two hands are paying for my law school education, I resorted to using my old undergrad Pink Floyd posters to cover the walls, until miss-I-used-to-be-a-model-and-your-dorky-posters-are-too-dorky for me decided to have a fit and raged against my machine with a madness only comparable to that of a fat kid denied of his right to saturday night baskin robbins. After the carnage, the only thing that wasnt ripped off the wall was a photo of her and I – Me with a goofy grin and her with a look which would sound something like a sexy grunt.

    I really need this painting.

    Going back to my unhealthy obsession with dead dads and pink floyd; the Keene Painting is a close ringer for the photograph of the Battersea Power Station in England, which Pink Floyd used for the cover of their 1977 album, Animals – which with its vitrolic lyrics and steely guitar riffs is the perfect album to go along with the ritualistic hazing known as the first year of law school; oh and the Animals 8-track was the only one that just by chance wasnt thrown away with the rest of my dads old stuff by my mom; i popped it into my handed down AudioDesign Stereo when I was 9 and quickly exclaimed “this sucks! gimmie my Joey Lawrence and KrisKross Tapes anyday…now THATS good music!” it was just a couple years later when I gave it another listen and all of a sudden felt this eerie connection to the greatest man I never knew and his incredible taste in music.

    This painting, in some strange way, does the same thing…something about the industrial meeting the artistic meeting the nostalgic meeting the weird-chips-on-my-shoulder about being a Pakistani American guy who decided not to be a doctor or engineer or convenience store owner, but rather pursue a career less ordinary and actually try to make a name for myself and the community of Paki-Muslims that isnt synonymous with slushees or bearded weirdos on no fly lists.

    I really need this painting.

    I would give it a good home – my new roomate Gabe is going to be painting the living room this summer while I’m interning in DC; the painting would probably go above the old couch that Violet, my former crazy lady neighbor gave me with a disclaimer that there was a strange smell coming from the cushions, but that since I was a poor student, I wouldnt care.

    I really want this painting, may I please have it?


  54. Abid Says:

    Ps – i messed up my email address in the previous post, this post has the complete address.


  55. Tim Says:

    I want it because I’m color blind.

  56. Joshua Says:

    I want this painting because it will be the 2nd best birthday present. My birthday is June 13, you see. There is that; there is also the hordes and multitudes of identical plainsclothesgooons standing outside my bedroom window, watching me, the identical embers of identical cigarettes in identical mouths glowing brightly brightly in the night. One tuesday there was 1, wednesday 4, now (friday) closer to 32. They whisper under my door and touch my window (leaving small fingermarks that do not go away until I can barely see out) and their message, their message is everyone dies alone, everyone dies alone, failure forever, fucking failure forever, and the painting would make my room nicer.

  57. James Says:

    I have broken glass in my neck, and need something to scrape it out with.

  58. Joe Says:

    I want this painting because it’s fun to jump on a bandwagon and want things all at the same time. I want it because if I can’t have it then no one should and the only way for me to prevent someone else from getting it is to win it myself.

    I want it for the simple reason that I like to want things and when people walked into my house and said “What’s that painting” I would turn to them and say “I won that painting online by saying that I wanted to win that painting.”

    And then people would like me.

  59. Matt Says:

    I don’t own any art. At all. But I would like to.

  60. john Says:


  61. Chui Tey Says:

    I want it because I live in a small rural town in Queensland, Australia, and I need *that* painting to knock some sense into me everytime I get the urge to move back to the big smoke.

  62. Jeff Says:


  63. Toby Says:

    I really don’t want that painting in particular. It was produced in a rush with many identical brother paintings, each languishing in some underappreciative roach’s basement. It was never loved… and now you are just giving it away.
    Art is cheap. At least here it is.
    In more affluent parts of the world art is sold for tens of thousands of dollars, even millions.
    People build entire buildings to house art. I want this painting to have the advantages that it and its bretheren never had. I want to sponsor this poor underprivileged canvas so that it can hold it’s head high and look the Mona Lisa in the eye and say “Yo’ what’s up nigga?”
    I will love this painting as I love the everyman. As I love you, me, a broken child in Somalia, as I love all of gods children.
    Too long has mass produced art been the realm of fast food restaurants and corporate headquarters.
    I want this painting to have the ability to hold it’s head up high:
    As a beacon to every childish daubing of a homeless entrepreneur.
    As a guiding light to every artschool dropout’s exhibition in a friends cafe.
    As a new era of meta-art.
    As Duchamp found art in every day objects i wish to find art in art and through my exultance recreate it as a new artwork.
    And finally, as a bittersweet twist, so familliar to all of us who live in the real world I want to hang it in the toilet in all of it’s ebullient glory.

  64. Gary Says:

    As the sole proprietor of a busy drug and alcohol rehab center for teens and adults, I need this beautiful painting to hang in the lobby for everyone that passes through to ponder and rest their weary eyes on. This painting reflects the essence of change and that is what our rehab center is all about. What a welcome sight it will be to those who have been in the clutches of addiction and now have decided to change direction for the better.

  65. Greg Farough Says:

    I want this painting because it goes good with anything; it is art. And as art it deserves to be placed somewhere where those who haven’t seen it before can; it should be viewed by everyone. So what if it broke on Boing Boing before I arrived, the beautiful picture caught my eye, and stole my heart.

    It reminded me of Animals, the least loved Pink Floyd album; with its rising towers and beautiful colors (flying pig absent however) I really want the painting, and not just because I would be the envy of the blogging community; not because I would have the satisfaction of actually winning something.

    But because, since its art, it should be showcased off, and shown to others whenever possible. And in a high-traffic home like mine, it is sure that it will be seen and loved (if only by me)

  66. Scott Says:

    Oh my god, I came her via boingboing just being curious. And I figured I probably wouldn’t want whatever the painting was until I saw it.

    Let me tell you, that me and my roommate are definitely the ones who not only want this painting the most, but deserve this painting the most. First off, we just moved into a new house after graduating college. We have plenty of space on the walls and a painting would go great in about 100 places.

    But that’s only half of it. The picture is obviously a picture of Detroid on fire. My roommates father is a long time detroid fireman. In fact, if my roommate isn’t lying, his father is currently the second in line to being the fire commisioner of Detroit, and has a possibility of moving on up. I’ve heard numerous stories about huge warehouse fires, arson, the city burning buildings on purpose, etc. This painting would fit so well in our home as any conversation around it will inevitably lead to these classic tales. Of course, then it would end up with a discussion about how Detroid has the only decent fire department (non-volunteer) left besides NY.

    You know what if I am chosen to get the painting I might just give it to my roommates dad the Detroit fireman. How about that?

  67. Chris Says:

    I might not appear to want it the most, but chances are I do. I’ve never really been into art until my English teacher, of all people, took my 11th grade class to the Dali Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After waiting in the line for a good half hour, we finally got in and the whole experience can almost be summed up as “quite surreal.” I even hit the ATM with a $1.50 surcharge just to have enough money for a print, but to my amazement, I could not find one. I was really perplexed at this. A museum of art, yet they sell no art? Sure the Dali had its $80 framed prints but as a student, where am I going to get that kind of money? Riding the bus home empty-handed was thoroughly disappointing, so I figure if I can get an original, it would completely make me forget any and all negative aspects of that trip and to appreciate art for what it really is.

    If I don’t get it, best of luck to everyone else!

  68. Laura Says:

    Please do not give it to someone who says it will match their walls or anything like that. If they think thats a good idea they do not understand art. At all.

  69. exiledinmyowncountry Says:

    I want it to (ironically?) give away to someone. I have mistreated and neglected a very close friend over the past year and I was too busy and selfish to notice. Now I have noticed what I have done and I have no way to make it up to them. So by giving them something I myself would love to possess, maybe a small dent can be made in the wrong that I have created.

  70. Joanna Says:

    I probably don’t deserve it at all… but I’m homesick for bklyn, and stuck in NC… and it made me smile. I didn’t know I wanted it until I saw it, and now I don’t know how to live without it. Maybe I’ll find a print… but they’re so not the same.

  71. jesse luke Says:

    I would give your painting to my father. He started working for General Motors in Detroit the day after I was born ( july 20th 1978) and is still with the company as a laborer. As a child I discovered the following hidden away in a sock drawer which would lead me to believe he would appreciate your painting:
    -a copy of Tarantula by Bob Dylan
    -a “funny” cigarette (which now i refer to as a “one hitter”)
    a book of poetry he had written

    When I moved out he hung up all my old band posters. Shit he despised,like big black or that sonic youth poster of elvis/jesus taking off a cross for the sake of rock and roll, namely because he missed me and it was all that was left…….
    I would like to give him something else. Something that is more him. I would like to give him your painting.

  72. Justin Says:


  73. Brian Z Says:

    I would like this painting baecause I work in a factory and the only thing they have on the walls are those annoying vision statements and moral builders. I would like to put up something that really builds my moral and increases my pride in doing a thankless repetitive job. So please pass it on to me, It’ll get a good home and maybe help me maintain my sanity.

  74. Alan Says:

    I can’t believe anyone would want this ugly waste of materials. My two yr old granddaughter drew something like that on a paper with crayons and I hung it on the refrigerator and admired it for her hidden ability. A grown person did this one and it is garbage.

  75. Lianne Valenti Says:

    I will not ask for the painting because others have better reasons. I just wanted to say I like it. When I look at it I feel lighter, happier, home. Thank you for drawing my attention to something that makes me feel good.

  76. Matt V Says:

    Why me? Because I am artless.

  77. Keeme Says:

    I want it because I have never owned any kind of painting (other than the one my now dead Mother painted) that is worth a crap! I have children (3 daughters who are devoid of all sense of art because me and their evil mother never took them to see any art EVER). This painting would help restore the faith in humanity lost to us (the Keeme group) what seems like millions of years ago. You could heal a family.. NO A GENERATION TO COME FOR THIS FAMILY… you may even make it so our family name would live on!

    I wish I was not on percocets at the moment so that I could keep my train of thought and tell you how much I want this .. this… man I want pizza now.

    Where was I?

    OH! give my family the painting and we will hang it in our living/dining room to illuminate our space… I will even buy light-bulbs to shine on it (they would have to be 60watts cause I can’t afford to pay that much for electricity.. you know Arizona + Heat = HIGH ELECTRIC BILLS).

    Did I tell you I have never owned such a magnificent piece of art.. or really anything magnificent (well maybe my 73 Buick Riviera.. but that I had to buy). I would dedicate an entire BLOG AND to your gracious act!!!

    Thanks for the painting in advance and have a nice day!


    p.s. the name is close to the name thing

  78. Keeme Says:

    that was BLOG AND PODCAST

  79. Teddy Ruxpin Says:

    There’s a cute girl from Detriot who likes Steve’s work. She’s nice. If I gave it to her maybe she’d forget to not have sex with me.

  80. paul Says:

    Meantime we shall express our darker purpose.
    Give me the map there. Know that we have divided
    In three our kingdom: and ’tis our fast intent
    To shake all cares and business from our age;
    Conferring them on younger strengths, while we
    Unburthen’d crawl toward death. Our son of Cornwall,
    And you, our no less loving son of Albany,
    We have this hour a constant will to publish
    Our daughters’ several dowers, that future strife
    May be prevented now. The princes, France and
    Great rivals in our youngest daughter’s love,
    Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn,
    And here are to be answer’d. Tell me, my daughters,–
    Since now we will divest us both of rule,
    Interest of territory, cares of state,–
    Which of you shall we say doth love us most?
    That we our largest bounty may extend
    Where nature doth with merit challenge. Goneril,
    Our eldest-born, speak first.

    Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter;
    Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty;
    Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare;
    No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour;
    As much as child e’er loved, or father found;
    A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable;
    Beyond all manner of so much I love you.

    [Aside] What shall Cordelia do?
    Love, and be silent.

    Of all these bounds, even from this line to this,
    With shadowy forests and with champains rich’d,
    With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads,
    We make thee lady: to thine and Albany’s issue
    Be this perpetual. What says our second daughter,
    Our dearest Regan, wife to Cornwall? Speak.

    Sir, I am made
    Of the self-same metal that my sister is,
    And prize me at her worth. In my true heart
    I find she names my very deed of love;
    Only she comes too short: that I profess
    Myself an enemy to all other joys,
    Which the most precious square of sense possesses;
    And find I am alone felicitate
    In your dear highness’ love.

    [Aside] Then poor Cordelia!
    And yet not so; since, I am sure, my love’s
    More richer than my tongue.

    To thee and thine hereditary ever
    Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom;
    No less in space, validity, and pleasure,
    Than that conferr’d on Goneril. Now, our joy,
    Although the last, not least; to whose young love
    The vines of France and milk of Burgundy
    Strive to be interess’d; what can you say to draw
    A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak.

    Nothing, my lord.



    Nothing will come of nothing: speak again.

  81. Jason Le Heup Says:

    Wow, that last entry from Lianne Valenti is such a transparent ploy to get the painting by pretending not to want the painting.

    “Thank you for drawing my attention to something that makes me feel good?”

    How about drawing your attention to puppies and clumsy babies?

    Do I get a dreamy thank you too?

  82. Mark Breakspear Says:

    Want isn’t even nearly big enough to describe my gargantuan addiction to the self loathing that infests the smallest neuron of every part of my pale English body. Need doesn’t even have enough “e”s in it to make a vowel sound that can capture the sound my guts make when I think about holding this painting in my arms. My eyes have dried up looking at the painting on this website, my eyelids scrape horribly across my swallow cracked pupils. If I blink it will be as if I have cheated on the colors in some way. If I let something get between me and the screen, it’s as if I’ve sold my knob on ebay, spunked my soul up a USB port and inseminated the Internet. That would be wrong, and that would burn. I’m strangely affected by the painting’s forms, the way they say “RISE UP AND KILL YOUR MOTHER-IN_LAW” the way they say “SHE NEVER WANTED YOU TO MARRY HER DAUGHTER… SHE DOESN’T THINK YOU’RE GOOD ENOUGH”… Yet… it also twangs my ego in a way that self-felatio never can. If I’d known about this painting before I had two ribs removed, I’d never had been caught by my wife with her ankle weights… OH! How much this painting has already taught me and yet it’s still only a JPEG delusion, a Pixel Perversion, a Laptop Love affair. I realy want this painting, I love it, it’s perfect, I’ll have to throw away much of the art I already have because somehow, sharing the wall with this will be wrong, you know, like defecating at a circus.

    Sincerely in the hope of winning.

    Mark Breakspear

  83. Muthagoose Says:

    Because art is my passion.

  84. Jason Le Heup Says:

    King Lear?

    You’ve got to be kidding, Paul.

    You copy and paste and expect to win?

    Like I couldn’t think of something cool too and win it?

    Forget it, Paul — I can think of _all_ kinds of things cooler.

  85. yosef Says:

    i want this painting so that i can give it life: by sending it home to that big smoke-stack in the sky

  86. Julian Thuan Says:

    If I tried to explain to you why I need that painting, your 2005 eardrums would explode. But suffice it to say, if you do not hand it over, great retribution awaits your people in the not-so-distant-future. Ah, you say, let my children’s children suffer for my wrongdoings…But isn’t that just what the Vikings said, and look where they are now.

  87. js Says:

    I want this painting because I need something to put on my empty art-deprived, boring walls.

  88. Eric Fields Says:

    I think I need this painting because I no longer believe that art still exists.

  89. Null Says:

    I want this painting because it scares me. And facing my fears has been much on my mind of late… and throughout my life, really.

  90. Dean Shannon Says:

    I would like the painting because as a student I have a very small disposable income. It would be a good addition of color to an otherwise drab and bleak dorm room.

  91. Clarence Says:

    I thought this was kind of silly until I realized that this painting is a wonderful compliment to a painting that my Grandmother did in the late 1950′s. I’m amazed that her sensibilities would be matched by the paintig that you have – She was born at the turn of the century and died in 1980. I have her painting hanging in my home now and would really, really like to have the other to go with it. I will post a copy of it on my site today so you can see it. This is a true story – and I would really like to have the painting. Don’t forget, after a few days you will have to go to my archives to see it.

  92. Arun Says:

    Well I can’t give a lot of BS (I aint an actor/writer either). I would like to have it as anyone else who responded to this offer.

    Well hope it is just a lottery.

  93. Clarence Says:

    OK, Eveyone take a look. I think you’ll agree, then tell Finkbuilt to do the right thing – those two Have to be together!

  94. Joe Coscarelli Says:

    give it to me. cause i’m a badass motherfucker.

  95. Kim Says:

    I’d like to have this painting mostly because of the painting itself. The color and the lines fascinate me. I’m a beginning costume designer, though I was once going to be a visual artist. I study many forms of art (music, theater, sculpture, and crafts such as beading, spinning yarn and knitting) and I love to paint but don’t have the opportunity to do it much. I also think it would be an interesting piece to add to the few I have on my walls. It would have a fun little story behind it and I love things that have a special history.

  96. Jan Says:

    I like this painting and i’m shure it would fit right into the empty gap on my wall.

  97. Agustin Says:

    I can’t believe it! The guy in the first row, next to the tall woman, IS MY GRANDFATHER!!!!
    I want this picture for my family album, please.

  98. Sandi Says:

    UM I think I need it because I have no real art besides my own [which my mother steals from me] and if you donate this piece to me I’ll donate my own painting. To someone other than my mom. ALSO I’m a broke college kid and I’m frome Detroit so I GOTTA REPRESENT, yoz.

  99. Clint Says:

    I am recently divorced and my X is an art lover. She got it all and the crappy car. I need something to show her up. I love art also.

  100. Brian Says:

    I’m getting married on September 10th and it would make a great wedding present to my future wife. Granted, this may not be as good as some of the other reasons but it’s sincere. Thanks .

  101. bob Says:

    i know i won’t get it but i have to post something because i’ll be kicking myself if i don’t.
    the reason i want it is because i like it. it uses 2 of my favorite styles, constructivism and urban sprawl (i guess that’s not a style)
    and i promise it wouldn’t go on ebay if i got it
    always learning

  102. Andre Says:

    Ahh Detroit the mystic Motor City… From the antipodes we’ve been influenced by the city that gave birth to electronica, with such Motor City artists as Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Carl Craig. What better way to be transported to this mythic place but with a visual opening into its soul. I’d love to pay homage to sights unseen and the vibrancy that reflects from this painting. Thankyou !!

  103. Bill Says:

    The painting is like a nudge to the back of the brain. Are the images in the foreground those of assembly line workers or rocket thrusters boosting the city to greater heights –or would they be the same no matter which? Are those blast furnaces on each side, a cemetery in the mid ground? Houses? Cars? Or maybe just the normal detritus of civilization? If you want the painting, make sure you have the time to spend looking at it.

  104. dirk nixon Says:

    Cool. I have a few of his paintings also. In fact I just threw one of them away last week when I changed a few things around in my apartment. I think I bought them for like 7 or 10 bucks each at a show he had here in Los Angeles a few years ago.

  105. Joel Says:

    I don’t want the painting, I need it. My wife has banished me to a dark basement where I toil on worthless freelance projects just to keep the family afloat. Whenever I think my plight is tough I’ll look up at the painting as a reminder that things could be worse.

  106. Steven Says:

    I want that painting. I want it so much I am, at this moment, gauging my left eye out, in an attempt to show you how much I want that painting. I think if I were to recieve that painting I would give you anything you desire in return. I want that painting. I want it. A lot.

  107. Art Critic Says:

    What do I get if I prove that I want this painting the least? It’s not a good painting.

    I think I would prefer being gutshot. OK, maybe not, but it would be close.

  108. MrV Says:

    If given the painting, I will give it to the woman I love.

  109. CosmoNaught Says:

    Everything I know about Detroit can be summed up in three movies– Robocop, Robocop 2, and Robocop 3, and I’m not really sure if I’ve seen Robocop 3. Never been there, probably will never will, so I guess I can’t work that angle.

    I know less about art then I do about Detroit.

    I’m a recent graduate who is slowly seeing the color drawn out of my life. Former scenester turned nine-to-fiver (more like seven-to-niner, but who’s counting when you’re salary). I have a Midwest apartment filled with Midwest things. Beige carpet and off-white walls (ecru?, is that a color? Are there really colors of white?) I do white-collar work in white-collar shirts. I wish I could say my cube was white too, but really it’s more of a purplish-grey.

    I never really thought I’d be living like this, but somehow life just happens when you don’t actively try to prevent it. I almost seem to recall actively pursing this. If that’s true I can only say in my defense that I was young and that I didn’t understand the consequences.

    I won’t pretend for a second that this painting will turn it all around. Color on canvas doesn’t correct a life, especially one that is, incredibly, frighteningly on course.

    It would, however, lighten a room. Replace an aging poster of a 777 cockpit (I hate airplanes). Perhaps act as a catalyst for even more art. Apparently this stuff is produced is some abundance.

    And besides, (with all respect to Steve Keene), do I really deserve more then assembly line art?

  110. KaiBeezy Says:

    W is for the Way i want it sooooo bad
    A is for the Anguish supreme of not having it (yet)
    N is for the Nails i’ll bite waiting to find out
    T is Totally Totally extra extra anticipatory
    WANT is all i feel until june 13
    oh, please, sir, it hurts

  111. kobus Says:

    I seem to want it the most

  112. Kyle Says:

    Well, I was fortunate enough to acquire an original Frazetta (at no cost), which represents a very “niche” genre. I later acquired an original Roger Dean (also gratis), which represents another niche genre altogether. A triumvirate of some eclectic force indeed would naturally emerge were I to add such a fine example of niche genre work as your Keane. The technique employed here seems rightly connected to the milieu of Frazetta…the sci-fi or adventure novel. It also seems eerily linked to Dean’s seminal work in Yes’ long string of albums, themselves in somewhat of a niche genre.

    It should hang betwixt the others, acting as a metaphorical segue from the almost painful action novel pseudo-realism of Frazetta, to the whimsical but mechanically precise style of Dean.

    It would elevate the others, and in a decidedly Newtonian fashion, be equally elevated by them. A synergy of diverse art form and style, and even intent. and yet all just paint on a flat surface.

    The point would be to host them until my son, a budding guitarist and gamer, is able to appreciate and host them himself, to be passed on to his progeny, adding as he sees fit, but keeping them together…a living reminder of the sameness in diversity, the economy, and the idiosyncracy that comprise art in all its forms. As Keane’s intent was initially to provide access, I think handing it down with the other works would fulfill that intent as surely as your method for finding it a new home.

    It would be well-treated and appreciated.


  113. Rusty Bloods Says:

    I would hang this cool painting in my living-room. My two young sons would grow up looking at it and imagining themselves into its smokey vibrant world. They would cautiously peer into the fiery windows, perhaps to see the face of a red devil or molton steel burning through the factory floors. They would wonder if anybody lived there anymore. Somedays they would just gaze past the smokestakes into the blue sky, off to another place only little boys can go.

  114. Big John Says:

    While I would enjoy hanging the painting in my house, I would like to have as a present for a friend of mine from Detroit. Some of you may know him as Robert Ritchie while others may know him as Kid Rock. He has been looking for some good artwork lately and this would be a perfect addition to his collection.

  115. Dave Says:

    I really want the painting because it remInds me of the James Blish novel “Cities in Flight”, one of my favorites of all time. To me, the painting represents the City of Detroit leaving Earth for interstellar adventures.

  116. Becca Says:

    I’m about to move out into the real world on my own. In two weeks I’m leaving the security of parents and dormitories. And the walls of my new home are going to be bare. BARE. Nothing to put on them except a poster promoting the usage of safety goggles in laboratory environments, and that is just not classy. So either I stare at that off-color spot on the wall, or I get something to cover it. And I’m a starving student. I eat Ramen at least five times a week. Getting something better than a discolored spot is hard.

  117. Tom Says:


  118. Keeme Says:

    Null, you crack pipe me up!

  119. Ric Says:

    I would really like it as well. but not like these other people. I need some sort of culture in my life and this may just be it. I am sinking into the abyss and I know this painting can help bring me out of it and make me see there is beauty and love left in this world.

  120. M. Whatley Says:

    I want it so bad I promise to do the following:
    1. Start a not for profit corporation (501c3).
    2. Devote it to the proliferation of visual and musical arts
    3. Give artists a chance to join and operate under this not for profit corporation, allowing them to save tons on their taxes and acquire supplies without paying sales tax.
    4. Hang it on the wall of the office.

  121. Steve Mozart Says:

    I am just a high school student and hate school life more then anything. There is nothing i own or have done that I can really say I am proud of. Its like listening to your favorite part of a song, and you go back and back listening to it because it makes you happy, because you have nothing else to be happy about. It may not seem like much but that 30 seconds of a song can change your look on life. My point is to me this picture would not be something to look at and have my mind wander in its artistic oddness , but to remind me that everyday is still worth being around for and to give me that everlasting reminder that someone understood me, that someone being you.

    By the way, that song is the first 50 seconds of Louis Armstrong A Kiss to Build a Dream On. What a great song that is.

  122. Marco Says:

    I live in the country. I want an original industrial Detroit landscape. Without bad air.

  123. Jack Richman Says:

    The “Downriver” area, where I grew up, is about 15 miles south of Detroit, lily-white (but maturing), semi-industrial, and if studied, would be found to be the most boring area in those 48 contiguous states. Mullets rule, as well as the music that the mullet exemplifies. International foods are non-existent except for Middle Eastern joints in Dearborn. Detroit, with all it’s glory, is still cursed with the term “downtown” – EGAD! – and to be avoided at all costs. I want this painting, need it actually, to hang conspicuously in a way that all visitors to my home will just have to accept Detroit as a nearby reality, community, a vibrant creative space, and not a place where they have to roll up the car windows at every red light. I want to throw Detroit in their faces. Then I’ll throw on some Coltrane just to piss them off.

  124. Sylt Says:


    while I like the painting, I don’t want it enough to quality.

    I suggest you give it to Marc, the guy who put his daughter to sleep with it. He’ll probably pass it on to her when he dies so that this painting will be very special to at least one person for the next 75 years.

  125. chris bellerose Says:

    I’m a professional artist sending word of appreciation and thanks. I used to want it more than everyone else so far, to the point of not waiting… for a piece so beautiful I’m not waiting, I just spent 8 1/2 hours painting an exact replica of my own. Mine is quite large, I do thank you for posting such a fine photo of it.
    Ummm… not to completely screw your endeavor though, give it to the person who wants it just a little less, they don’t already have one.
    But it is beautiful, I’m glad to have found such a vibrant reference! Thank you Finkbuilt! I love it already!

  126. chris bellerose Says:

    umm, really, I already have it, and it is big, so if you have the sense of humor to declare me the winner ( this has just been suggested as a possibility by someone trying to buy mine ), I ALREADY HAVE a version… I’m not going to have room for that one to properly apperciate it, please do give it to someone else.

  127. Deb Khan Says:

    i lived in detroit until i was 14 years old. i am now 47.
    if you give me the painting, i can tell my friends
    yup, that’s pretty much detroit.

    and i love the colors.

  128. Virgil Scott Says:

    I would REALLY like to have the painting. Mostly because it looks freaking awesome. It reminds me of why I like to climb buildings. It looks like on-fire killer attack zombies are roaming the streets. Escape! Climb the giant Cuban Havanas. But clearly the zombies can climb too. Or somebody’s left the light on. Leaving the light on in a power station seems counter-productive. Energy saving lights maybe? They don’t make cities like that anymore. My town was meant to be planned, but they screwed it up and it turned into a medium-sized mess. So now I live somewhere else. My room’s a mess right now, but not as messy as outside. Someone’s got to clean up this place. I think it’s a painting of an engineer. The brain of an engineer revealed. Now we know what they look like inside. So they can’t trick us into letting them build cities like that. Why must we be continuously reminded? Perhaps we should have studied history.

  129. daveyboy Says:

    Forget all the crap you’ve read above. I’ll give ya twenty bucks for the thing right now. No questions asked.

  130. Vavoom Says:

    My wife and I would cherish that painting. We would make it a family heirloom and pass it on to our children.

  131. Cancergiggles Says:

    I would like the painting in order to give it a wider audience. As I am on a time limit, I could guarantee that my wife would have to sell it once I go dead on her. I’m sure that would mean that it eventually went to someone who liked it enough to buy it.
    Having never won anything in my 52 years (apart from the laughing at tumours prize in my local hospital) It would also be a real buzz.

  132. masterpiece theater Says:

    anyone can buy a t.v. or hang up a picture to add to their house, but not many can hang up art that reflects their emotions, history, or taste. people who take pride in what is hanging on their walls go out of their way to gather art that they feel strongly about. it doesnt matter who the creator was, be they white, black, asian, latino, genius, challenged, angry or peaceful, where the piece is coming from, or what materials were used. all that matters is what it stands for. i hope that i am considered for the painting because when i look at it, i feel what the artist felt when he painted it and respect him immensly for putting his his feelings and views on canvas. and the feeling is always ten times stronger in person.

  133. Hernan from Chile Says:

    The world is coming to an end.
    One of the few safe places will be Chile.
    I just bought a house on the beach (near Valparaiso)
    Send me the painting to my apartment in Hollywood
    And you will enjoy it in Chile
    While we see the world’s smoke and radioactive survivors on tv.
    We will have some wine and talk in spanglish
    About your painting
    And how it got there
    From Chile.

  134. Doug D Says:

    My father was an abstract realist painter who died in 1978. He loved life and painted it. We had books on Miro, Klee and De Chirico all over the perilously small house. I have a love of art in my cells. I love the burning emotion in “Detroit.” It speaks to me. Know what it says? It says, “I am the inner fire of Steve Keene. Protect me. I am talent. I blaze. I am rare.”

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Doug D

  135. moriARTi Says:

    1- Without being pretentious, I think I have A GOOD LOCATION for this beautiful painting. I live in Bilbao, in Spain’s industrial heart. However, the long and hard crisis of the 80′s forced the city change its face. Several companies closed down and all the area started a difficult transformation to focus in the services area: we wanted to be a tourist attraction area, so we built a Guggenheim museum http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es . Easy, ain’t it? So from my window, you can see (and the painting will be face to face with it) both the decadent and rusty steelworks and shipyards, and a great site of contemporary art.

    2- I am crazy for art. I finished university last year, and I haven’t got the money to buy art yet, so it would always be the first piece of my collection. I would be always grateful.

    3- I am writing in English. I have learnt this language just to get the painting! ;-)

    4- I love this painting. Me encanta este cuadro. J’adore ce tableau. Izugarri gustoko dut koadro hau.

    5- I promise I will write every week to tell how the painting is getting used to its new location. Also if people around here like it or not.

    6- Lots of American tourists come to Bilbao and the Basque country. http://www.euskadi.net/turismo/sit_i.htm I would open my door to anyone sending me an e-mail requiring to see the painting. I love it too much not to share its powerful colours with the rest of the world.

    7- Although I don’t live on the Mediterranean shore, it would still be close to the home of Dalí, Picasso and Miró.

    8- I love this painting. I REALLY DO.

    Well, I guess this is all. I hope it goes to a person who REALLY REALLY wants it. Congratulations to the winner… and thank you for this great and generous idea.

    Lots of love from post-industrial Bilbao…

  136. Heiko Says:

    If I had that painting on my wall, I’d start a contest to give it away, too.

  137. Kanako Says:

    I don’t know if I’m the most deserving or not – but I want this painting so that I can put it on my desk in the office. So whenever my condescending boss tells me for the HUNDREDTH that he’s so great, he bought a Chagall when he was in his 20s, I can feel better about myself. Besides, Keene’s use of color is so much better than the drab ones of Chagall’s (as I am a gen-Xer, my views are slightly skewed… the vivid/colorful world of MTV/teeny boppers has finally gotten to me!!!). And living in Tokyo, I don’t get to see a lot of color… everything is grey… grey skies, grey buildings, grey ground… I would love to have something this beautiful adorning the office – we can all stare at it for hours on end and ooh and aah. I also grew up in Pittsburgh, and while it’s not Detroit – the industrial theme really strikes a chord with me. So yes, I think that’s the reason I want it most… I want some variety in life and this painting is it!!!

  138. Kevin McCarrey Says:

    I live in Alaska. I mean, there’s really a lot to be said about how wonderful this place is and how it’s natural beauty is incredible, but part of the problem with Alaska, despite how much I love it is that there is nothing here. Our local bands are great, but no one will come up here save those mostly past their prime. Our culture of living artists is wonderful, but as a poor art student, there is little that I can take example from in the few musuems or the few galleries that we have. That said, I love that painting. The vivid colors and strokes that he uses really appeal to me as an artist and as a person. Blah, blah blah nothing that has been said before. While I would love this painting, and the idea of giving it to whoever wants it the most is cool, it should be given to something or something who really deserves it. A public place where it can be enjoyed, given to charity, or the profits from it sale donated. It seems to me that many of these people, myself included, want it just to want it, i guess, something free that they can have a chance to win. I would be a hypocrite to say that I don’t desire this painting, but it should go to something who doesn’t merely want it, but someone who deserves. I guess I just want it.

  139. Scott Story Says:

    Ong garak! Uc bas bethuf. Korilan buh simona!!!

  140. Matt Fargo Says:

    I don’t want it, because the painting it would consume me. I don’t want it, because the colors would monotonize the rest of my life. I don’t want it, because every day of my life will be nearly as asthetic or poignant as this painting. In other words, I don’t want it so badly that I want it most of all.

  141. faris Says:

    actually somebody almost certainly wants it more.

    but nice idea chief.

  142. Sean Says:

    Hey that’s a cool painting, and it would look really great in my shitty Detroit apartment. Looks kind of like Zug Island on the Detroit river, my father works there sometimes for Great Lakes Steel. I would like it alot.

  143. Johnnyboy Says:

    Damn thing sucks so bad that I’d give it away if were mine too,
    but I’d take it.

  144. Edward Says:

    I Don’t want the painting. The Painting Wants Me!

  145. Ben Austwick Says:

    I’ve never seen any artwork by this artist before, but he reminds LS Lowry – only more colourful and outgoing, more American I suppose. It’s almost celebratory of industry. I like the Detroit connection as well, it’s another similarity with Lowry, who was very much about Manchester in England.

    I think it’s a beautiful painting and it intrigues me – that’s the only reason I’ve got for wanting it.

  146. Markzi Says:

    I want it, but not for myself. My partner is going throught a confusing and difficult time in her life and has expressed a desire to visit America. Now since i can’t afford to bring America to her at the moment, i could in recieveing this painting give her a little bit of america now, along with the promise of taking her one day across to the states.

  147. mark Says:

    i would frame it, and love it.

  148. manfish Says:

    I like cadmium red… a lot.

  149. MR W B Jones Says:

    I want it becuse it’s free, I allso have £5,000 of debt after almost dieying and taking and year off work sick.

    So could use something to chear me up / sell on ebay.

  150. florian Says:

    I want this painting so much … I’ll start a weblog where I will write about the daily life of the painting, to make it more interesting it will change locations very often and I will hang it in different people’s homes ( sometimes even interesting people ). In fact the painting will become part of a larger art piece.

    I will do strange things with the painting I’ll go to public rallies with it and hold it up … so watch for it on TV… I desire this painting … it has to be mine mine mine ….

  151. Tim Says:

    I want this painting the most because I will be having eye surgery in a couple of months to try and restore my vision. I lost my eyesight when I was 2, 31 years ago. So I really don’t know what this painting REALLY even looks like and it will be the first one, with any luck, that I see.

  152. manpanties Says:

    ..: All I Want Is This Painting:..

    Who said all you need is love?

  153. joe Says:


  154. Andrew Raffensperger Says:

    I’m a poor college student with empty space on my walls.

  155. Steve R. Says:

    Would love to own painting. It reminds me of home.

  156. Sami Galal Says:

    I would like this painting because I always wanted to own a nice piece of art and it seems fate has led me to this website. I think this picture would look great between two A0 sized Calvin & Hobbes posters on my wall :D and it would definitely brighten up my otherwise drab room.

  157. Napkins Says:

    I would like to have this picture the most because I need to have it in my physical presence amd not just view it on the computer. I want to experience it the way a painting should be viewed in reality and up close not through this plastic prizm/prison of my screen. Knowing that this picture is for the asking I found myself having a totaly different perspective on what it means to have and own art. This is a treasured gift and I would be honored to be it’s new guardian.

    Thank you in advance.

  158. chris Says:

    i want this painting the most. period. i live in detroit and it gives me a little bit of pride in my city, which so readily takes a hit by anyone who discusses its shortcomings. also, we have to live through king kwame kilpatrick, voted worst mayor in america, and certainly the most corrupt in detroit history. also, im an artist. i saw the painting last week and fell in love. imagine my amazement when i saw on boingboing that it was up for grabs. if i dont win, i would like to nominate the guys whose family has been in the factories for years. to put in the time there, and still want a painting of it, truly shows the spirit of detroiters.

  159. kalvie Says:

    I live in Rochester, NY, having moved from KS to NC to DC to San Diego.

    I don’t like Rochester very much as a place to live, but I can’t move for 8 more years. My sole consolation for the past 4 years has been my belief that, while Rochester is a horrible place to live, there is one worse place: Detroit.

    My company has offices in Detroit and I have many friends there and I never tire of saying my mantra: “at least I don’t live in Detroit.”

    I would give this painting much respect and it would be the topic of conversation very often.


  160. Michael Rhoden Says:

    Lately, I have come to the realisation that I feel lost in the machine. I work in the computer industry and I feel like the more you work with computers the more you become like one. Leonard Nimoy once said that he wanted to run away from Spock sometimes because the more he played Spock, the more he felt like he became him and the character with only logic, hiding his true feelings, consumed him.
    That’s how I feel about my profession. The only way to advance, unfortunately, is to allow yourself to be pulled further into the cogs.
    I like the painting, not only for the beauty, but I love that angled wall between the people and the factory. It’s almost saying, “Think about it before you come in here. You may not get out.”
    To me it’s a reminder of what I do not want to be. It’s a reminder of spiritual things, not temporal.

  161. Andrew Heaton Says:

    So really, fuck the other entrants. I live in Detroit and think this painting captures the essence of the city.

    Plus it would look badass next to my other Detroit themed art from AWOL and Glenn Barr, among others.

    I think the painting should have a home where it will be loved and reviled in the same glance.

  162. Brian Williford - Jr. Spaceship Mechanic Says:

    The visual impact of this painting puts forth a new league of free stuff. Me and my alien friends are spellbound by your marketing voodoo. This painting looks like there was no capitalistic Malaysian child labor, no parts made by unfriendly eco-draining bots. As one who’s primary directive is “Consistently Maintaining Ones Stand Against The Rag Heap Of Gutless Conformity” I would love this painting more then I love myself.

  163. Gabriel Says:

    All I can say is that I REALY want this painting.

  164. Norman Says:

    I would like it because I enjoy looking at it and will take care of it. Before I die I will do the same as you and pass it along to someone else in the same manner, only with the understanding that they must do the same when there time is done.

  165. Frank Cienniwa Says:

    I left my heart in Detroit.

  166. Travis Says:

    I would like to have the painting so I can display it. In hopes that my brother will expand his artistic talents to include painting. He prefers sketching and CG, to traditional painting. It’d just be cool to see if it inspires him and the painting is just cool.

  167. Diana Says:

    If I was to win this unattractive painting… I would do the same thing you are doing and pass it on…
    Since one person’s trash is another one’s treasure…
    I’m sure one of my clients will treasure this hot potato, and I’ll jump at the change to let go of it… hee hee.

  168. Brian Says:

    I would love it because my wife keeps buggin me to get her something really cool. And this is really cool. If I get it it would help shut the wife up for a while.

  169. Cliff Says:

    I like your painting, but someone else should have it.

  170. duffy Says:

    because i won’t sell it.

  171. Aston Spindley Says:

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  172. growler Says:

    I want this painting, even though I already own one by SK.

    Why? Well, the painting I own is of a can of Ajax. I bought it because one of my cats was named Ajax. The other is named Spiro. They were named by whomever it was who found them as kittens on the streets of Astoria, Queens (a heavily Greek neighborhood). I adopted both cats from a vet, at the urging of my then-girlfriend, who was a cat person. She dumped me not a month after that. At least I had the cats.

    But, a few years later, Ajax got really sick. I took him to the vet. She said it was probably a brain tumor. But they’d have to do an MRI to find out. And, oh, yes, you must pay in full, up front, no payment plan. Don’t have the money? We can always “put him to sleep.”

    So I stood there and watched while she brough Ajax out, with a tiny little catheter in his arm. He looked like a feline Timothy McVeigh. She gave him the shot and he slipped away. This was the day before Mother’s Day.

    So, I took down the SK painting of the Ajax can after that. It was too painful to look at. I wanted to get one to replace it. But Riverrun, a bar/restaurant in downtown Manhattan where I bought the original, had long been closed down.

    Then one day Steve was supposed to have an open house at his studio in Brooklyn. Lots of paintings for sale! Of course it happened to be a weekend when I was out of town. I asked some friends to go (they loved SK’s work too. One of them had a great picture of the NYC skyline, with a Steely Dan lyric painted across it). They said they’d pick a painting up for me. They travelled all the way there, only to find a note saying Steve was not around that day; no open house.

    There’s a bare spot on my wall, and one in my soul. The soul-spot cannot be filled, for it was where my cat lived. The wall-spot can, however, with that lovely painting of Detroit.

  173. john casteel Says:

    I want this painting not for myself, but for a friend of mine who collects Steve K paintings. He’s got the William Shatner and Gene Simmons ones, among others. He would totally shit kittens if I gave this to him, or at the very least, allow me to have sex with his girlfriend. Thanks.

  174. Tim Says:

    I have a final exam on thermodynamics in three hours, yet here I am begging for a painting by an artist I have never heard of. Why, you ask? Because I feel the need to live vicariously through possessions: my Mom would think I’m cultured because the painter has been on NPR, my Dad would think I’m intelligent because I like Yale artists and this girl I dig is an art history major – so this could painting very well be my in. And if that isn’t convincing enough, I should probably add that the line “You can stand on the arms of the Williamsburg Bridge crying ‘Hey man, well this is Babylon’” still makes my soul skip a beat, and this painting is strangely reminiscient of what I always pictured that to look like. Wrong city? Sure… but close enough for me.

  175. Duane Gran Says:

    I want it the most because I would be willing to “pay it forward” by committing to give it away to someone else in hopefully an equally eccentric manner.

  176. chris bellerose Says:

    That painting has got me coming back to see if you have any new stuff I can copy and devote hours of my life to reproducing, c’mon guys and gals, put up some more art, or contact me and I’ll send you a free piece that you can put up just to have something new…. the detroit piece looks great in my hallway, I painted it on a 4′ x 6.5′ canvas using oils, seriously, I couldn’t wait around for the contest to end. Thanks so much,
    now put up something new quickly, I can’t wait!

  177. Mitch Hoffman Says:

    I love art. But my art collection is sadly limited to what I made myself and a few coffee table books. I am in college and will not be able to afford decent art for maybe a decade… If you give me this painting it will be a treasured possession as well as a story to tell for the rest of my life (“Oh dad, don’t tell the one about your first painting again!”). I hope you consider my request, an opportunity like this doesn’t come along every day… Props to you for doing this! Good luck.

  178. KaiBeezy Says:

    i cannot not look away
    i want to cry in flames and smoke
    like the matchstick people of detroit

  179. Bob Daknob Says:

    I like pie

  180. brooklyngirl Says:

    i would love to have this peice by a fellow brooklyn artist, even tho its of detroit.

  181. jon Says:

    I wan’t to frame it and crop out the word ‘Detroit’ on the top and the date on the left. Then I will study his style and forge his name and signature retitling and re-dating the picture to ‘September 11th’ — as that could conceivably be a view of manhattan from his williamsburg studio on that date. Perhaps, i will overlay a watercolor of the virgin mary, but probably not.

    Then, I will go to Steve Keene’s studio (which is luckily just a few blocks away from my home) and present him the new piece — effectively recycling an instance of his mass produced art into a unique and provocotive new item.

  182. Saint_Al Says:

    …because I already have 2 Keene works! Both are about 12″ X 12″ plywood + automotive enamel(?) and were sold by WFMU as part of a fundraiser, c. 1998.

    Keene himself got a great writeup in the NY Times a few years back for a show of cheapo art. Thanks for the link to his site.

  183. Michael Says:

    Owning this painting is so important to me that if I do not receive this painting, I will kill all 5 new born kittens my cat birthed last week.


  184. Dr. Awesome (AKA Owner of this Painting) Says:

    I want this goddamned painting so much I CAN’T EVEN SEE! The pressure in my goddamned skull from the pure, un-goddamned-adulterated desire bubbling through my vains is making me go goddamned INSANE! I already own this goddamned painting as far as I’m concerned. In fact, not only do I own it, I PAINTED THE GODDAMNED THING! Yeah… I even made the canvas myself from scrap lumber. And I painted it with a brush I made from all the money I made after I sold it (I have a time machine).

    I do all my art like this. I travel into the future and sell it first. Then I come back and paint it with painbrushes made from all the money. By the way, last time I was in the future, I clearly saw this painting on my wall, so if you don’t give it to me, you’re gonna seriously disrupt the space-time-continuum. You’ll end up in alternate-1985 where Biff married your mom and you’re dad’s dead and Doc is trapped in the Old West. Slackers…

  185. stuart Says:

    I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it,
    I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it,
    I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it,
    I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it,
    I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it,
    I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it,
    I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it,
    I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it,
    I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it, I need it, I want it,
    My great grandmother needs an operation to save the town and this painting could heal her if it was hanging on my wall. It is life or death. That painting is part of the very fabric holding together the frayed pieces of my soul. I beg of you. Please save me, save our town. The sheer beauty of the painting could save dolphins trapped in fisherman’s nets. Perty please?

  186. Brandon Says:

    I live in a bare studio apartment. The walls are heavily textured and are painted the color of 5 year-old mint green toothpaste. The only breaks in the empty faces of my walls are 4 holes with wires sticking out where wall lights should be. The apartment feels cold and unwelcoming upon entering. A nice painting like this would do well to break the visual monotony of my apartment.

    I’m a musician, and I sometimes need some kind of visual stimulus to look at while I’m coming up with ideas. So far, my mint green hell hasn’t done much to give inspiration.

    So, to sum up, this one simple painting could do much to make my home begin to feel more like a home!

  187. telizas Says:

    I want this painting. My husband saw your work (I believe) done live on stage a few years ago and was in awe of it. My daughter (5) saw the painting and said she wanted it above her bed. Now THAT is love. (Esp when you consider the paintings of a five year old!) So, more for my family, who loves this painting, I want to give it to them as a gift, as they are very much in love with it. Art is an expression from the heart, and to show them how much I truly love them, I would love to be able to present them with something so fabulous. It would be such an unorthodox gift, I can see it being a family heirloom. I don’t have much to give my child in the way of tangible objects, and I see this painting as something trancending the tangible. A lot like being in love with your child. Those sweet and indescribable kisses – the touching of lips means to much, but it means more that she lifts her face to mine to recieve my love and I reach down to give it…

    We just created a new family, of my husband, my daughter and her father. I would like something like this to symbolize this new family – it can’t be just anything. My daughter loved this painting so much, I had to at least *try*. I don’t know how anyone else could want something more – more than to give your child and your partner something they truly enjoy – there is no greater want.

  188. Tony Says:

    Give me the goddamn painting.

  189. mochaboy Says:

    I NEED this painting. Not for myself.

    My fiancee is an art lover who, unfortunately, owns no paintings. See, we’re both pretty poor, despite being educated and in our thirties. The harsh economic conditions of the past 5 years had left me unemployed and deeply indebted to my fiancee, who I depended on for my survival. Each month we barely scraped by to be able to feed ourselves and her cat, Koshi. Just recently I finally acquired a job, but Koshi disappeared last week. We fear he may have crawled off to die somewhere by himself, since he was very ill and we couldn’t afford to treat him – he had hyperthyroid and stopped eating. My fiancee never even had the chance to say goodbye to Koshi. My fiancee is VERY depressed. We both loved Koshi, but he was her cat and he was all she had. I fear she may try to kill herself if she doesn’t come out of this depression soon.

    I would like to give her this piece of art as a token of my thanks and as a symbol of my love for her. No one deserves the years of hardship she had to endure to ensure the survival of our small, fragile family. A work of art by a genuine artist would be the best thing I could give her, and maybe it would allow her to take her mind off Koshi for just a while, long enough for her to get lost in the beautiful colors, long enough to see the light again.

  190. Michael Herman Says:

    I want it because I want to give it away. I know someone, an aquaintance, who would love this piece of art. This piece is from his era, he has ties to Detroit, he appreciates the stories contained in art, and it would be a surprise that would be especially encouraging for him right now.

    In one sentence, I simply want to give this away so the art will bring the joy to someone that it was intended to give when the piece was created.

    Thank you for your consideration, and for this opportunity.

  191. noah Says:

    i want it the most.
    i am obsessed with collecting possesions.
    they are most important to me.
    i will never have kids, just becasue i know they will take up all my money. less money means less things. tsh

  192. phil Says:

    I want it enough to throw water balloons at passing cars from my 9th floor office window.

  193. The Joker Says:

    I want it dammit.

  194. mike Says:

    If I were to give this painting to the woman I love, as a token of my shame, my apology, and my undying devotion, she just might shine upon my life, again. It is dark.

  195. Phyllis Says:

    It’s just beautiful. I work at a college and produce art pottery in the local arts district. This is far and beyond the work I see locally, and I’d display it in the district for as along as they let me hang out there. Then it’s coming home with me!

  196. Jo Sparrey Says:

    I think you should give it to me as I will use it to try and blag my way into a deliciously reputable art college, passing it off as my own work, and film the entire process, sell the subsequent film rights and then buy the now priceless, infamous work from Steve Keene, as we should be doing in the first place.

  197. William Says:

    It calls to me, saying “you, you there… yes you, hay… Oh, you heard me? Well, You need me… You got that? Because you’ll die and will never have another love in your life again. BUT I will be your guiding light and your only true love…”. Actually, it says more then that but it gets pretty heavy… That’s another reason I need it the most, because we have to finish our conversation and get on with our lives…

  198. Dan L Says:

    I think Kevin Stock, at hiddenuniverse.blogspot.com, should
    get it. I hereby assign my desire to have the painting over to

  199. Scott the Capitalist Says:

    I know I am late to the game, but I want it so bad I am willing to pay for it. I will have it framed and I will hang it in my office. It reminds me of home, especially around Devil’s night. If someone else wants it as much as me, they should be willing to pay for it as well. I will pay more.

  200. milkolate Says:

    today is my mom’s birthday. she got mad at me because i wasnt able to give her the gift that she told me she want since last month. i asked her how could she forgive me she told me, “Get me a Steve Keene and we’ll see”…

    - sleepless son

  201. mike Says:

    I don’t want it at all

  202. WannabeArtistStuckInCubicle Says:

    Art is in the eye of the beholder – what do they see? What can they see that they open the eyes of others?

    I think Keene was foreshadowing the death of Detroit. The eerie figures laying over to die – the sickly yellow clouds – the flames of hell trying to break through the surface of Earth. I would like to own this – stare at it – and try to imagine what Steve was thinking when he painted it.


  203. Jason Says:

    Well, it is my birthday on June 13th, and all my life it has been overshadowed by the Olsen twins, who also have birthdays on June 13th. I would like this painting to have a really good come-back for when someone at the bar chimes in with that little birthday bit about Mary Quaint and Ashby. Some random will say: “Hey happy birthday …. WAIT, it’s the OLSEN TWINS birthday too!!” And I’ll finally be able to say: “Yeah, well I bet they didn’t get a Steve Keene from FINKBUILT for their birthdays …”

  204. Ozten Says:

    I have slight vague ambitions to own this painting. or not. no biggie.

  205. inchwormgreen Says:

    I want it because:
    i only got 2nd place in the crayola color naming contest
    which means a lousy box o crayons vs. an awesome trip to their factory and a parade.

    I can hardly sell my own art– so i can’t buy anyone elses

    the painting really kind of makes me angry–and I think I might hate it, but anything that invokes such strong feelings for me, good or bad is definitely worth having around to motivate me.

    i don’t want to gain control over or take away the power of the painting by verbalizing its line, color, method , subject , meaning or the like. i will just let it be.

    i will keep the painting hanging perfectly straight on my wall ( if you are OCD you can understand.)

    it will serve as a reminder to me to never let up on my hate for thomas kinkade.

    i will respect and preserve it; it makes me physically ill when artwork is mishandled.

    and finally, I want it the most because if I do not find a Golden Ticket, the painting will console me, and if I do find a Golden Ticket, I will pass the painting on to someone I can trust.

  206. matt Says:

    I think I should get it because I have heard about the painting first hand shortly after purchased. My band opened for you in Athens Ga, at a place called the Landfill. Bunnygrunt and Tullycraft played as well. All of the other bands stayed at my appartment, but you guys declined the offer for some unknown reason. Perhaps, the band freaked you out because we wore bandages on our faces. who knows? Maybe you sensed it was in the ghetto and we had to put cardboard over our windows so that the criminals couldn’t see in.

    Anyway, I was talking with Sean, Harold, and Jen that night about good tour stories and they talked about how they usually crash at the guy from Bunnygrunt’s (Matt?) mom’s house and have real good times. The didn’t have any really zany stories at that point. They did mention this boat venue that was really cool. They went on and on about it. They mentioned the SK sale, but they acted like that was just the icing on the cake and even if that part wasn’t there, it would still be the coolest venue. We wathced Empire Strikes back on Sean’s request and all fell asleep. I drempt of the painting. (Okay not really, but the rest is true).

    So not only do I really want the painting, I feel as if I already have a connection with it. Please hook me up.

  207. LAM Says:

    I want this painting because I know what it’s about: Devil’s Night. In the early 80s, when I lived in Detroit, the factories were closing and the neighborhoods were disintegrating. People set their houses on fire for no particular reason other than desperation and a need for entertainmnet. This picture isn’t just decorative art, and actually it has more “meaning” than most Steve Keene paintings. It’s one of those rare times when his technique brings something to the picture (as opposed, to say, copying an album cover). So that’s why I want it.

  208. Big Al Says:

    I really want this painting. Badly.

    The simple fact is that I want it way more than anyone else. I desire it at least twice as much as the next most covetous person. If anyone else claims a higher level of desire, they are lying. Therefore, by the stated purpose of this giveaway (to give it to the person who wants it the most), it is mine.

    Why do I want it? That is between me and the object of my desire. It is irrelevant to my claim.

    Do I deserve it? Not at all. But this is also irrelevant.

    Do the right thing. Give me that painting.

  209. Haley O'Leary Says:

    I’d like the painting so I can give it to the firemen across the street from my work. They just moved into the new fire station, and it has completely bare walls.

    So basically, I’m just trying to liven the place up for them.

    :) Thanks.
    And great idea.

  210. Island Guy Says:

    I like the painting but I’m not sure why… I guess if you wanted to give it to me, that’d be ok. I’ll be alright if you decide to give it to someone else. I don’t know….. it’s your call.

  211. habbit Says:

    I want that painting so much, that if I you give it to me I promise to give it away in 5 years to someone else. Nobody should own that much joy or pleasure, it should be shared with all of humanity.

  212. Alex Says:


  213. Curtis Says:

    If I had this painting, I would probably hang it in my bathroom. I think it would be useful to have around, because girls I like to have sex with are usually into art. It might be a handy way to trick them into thinking I’m hip enough to sleep with.

  214. Charming Hooligan Says:

    I used to live in the little building on the left, right up until it was destroyed in the jumbo-shrimp riots. I lost all my old vinyl in the chitin-fueled inferno that night. If I had that painting I could look at it every morning and think to myself “never again”!

  215. Chris (ARTIST) Says:

    What an amazing painting…..as an artist myself it is so nice to see work that enspires emotion. I know some have commented on where they were born or what their current living conditions are, but I think ART should evoke a feeling. When I do my own work it mainly consists of the four elements – earth, wind, water and fire – these have always stirred emotion within me.

    Your painting evokes such power and sadness at the same time that it would be inspiring to hang it on one of my walls. The industrial feel next to the blue blue sky is always the same feeling I get when traveling in heavily industriallized cities like Detroit. Wind and Sky above the massive metal that man has made from the earth and fire.

    I really hope you know that I’m the person who wants and is inspired by the painting the most.


  216. Mark Breakspear Says:

    Ah… f-off all of you… I need that painting so bad… I’m willing to vote for Jebb Bush if he gets a chance to be president. I’ll f-up the whole country just so I can get a badly painted “free” painting. I don’t particularly like it, I just want to win it so I can say that I came up with the winning “beg”…

    PS… This is my second stupid reason.

  217. Alfredo Octavio Says:

    I want the painting very much. So much so, that it you ship it to my sister house in the US I will carry it by hand in a separate seat on a plane to my home country Venezuela. It would never arrive by mail, so I doubt there are many paintings like it here. :-)

  218. chris bellerose Says:

    I’m not selling mine for any price, you all have to keep trying for the contest piece, it’s worth it, please give this host more great entries, Finkbuilt is offering you a gem. The piece creates great energy when hung. The winner won’t believe it!

  219. Creative Student Says:

    I have a thousand-word essay due at the end of the quarter and I thought I could submit this picture in its place (They say, “a picture is worth…”)

    It’s easier than trying to include the word “very” several hundred times to pad the length… So what do you say? I would be very, very, very, very grateful.

  220. Stephen Carr Says:

    My life is empty, I feel owning this painting will fill the void.

  221. I_Ronnick Says:

    I want this painting SO BAD. I want it because the colors are intense and fire-breathing. I want it because of the movement towards earth and sky. I want it because it is art, and art is beauty, and love, and human frailty, and timelessness, and divine. I want it because I need all of those things in my life. I need art that has the essence of the person who painted it on the canvas; that has a soul; that is not just a hollow shell of a flat computer generated picture on paper (even if a reproduction of a painting). I need and want this painting in my life because I have spent the last two years getting a divorce, raising my 3 kids on my own, getting through the first year of law school, and wondering if I will ever connect to another human being in a sexual/romantic way, because I am sexually frustrated, because I am still hot at 39, because I need the breathing pulsing energy of that painting on my wall, in my house, in my life. God, I want it. I really, really do.

  222. Krister Says:

    I want this painting the most because it is the missing piece in a qeirdly designed world domination kit I purchased from a friend of my roommate’s sister for five dollars and a half-a-pack of gum. With Detroit set in place as a background the electrodes will connect sparking a Rube Goldberg type reaction that will sink all cities with populations of more than 1 million people, except Detroit, into festering holes of decrepitude and disease.

    Except for L.A. That’s already there.

    This world domination device will also place me in the position of mayor of Detroit, the only real city for people of the next world to live in. I will have control and power and dominion over all the land.

    Look, I’m a nice enough guy, I won’t start up slavery again or start any more wars. I’ll try to get the lords of industry to pay attention to various factors other than profit and I’ll work at fixing wrongs of the past. Like electing Bush. I would wear a petrified Albotross around my neck for a full year as an act of contrition.

  223. Krister Says:

    That first line should probably say “weirdly”

  224. Matthew Says:

    that’s a beautiful painting and would love to have it. I don’t know if i want it more than anyone else though. I want it pretty bad. Perhaps even more so I want to go hang out at the Frying Pan. that place sounds great.

  225. ac Says:

    I would love to have this painting but please give it to I_Ronnick or someone like her. Sounds like she really needs it in her life. Plus I have everything I need…
    With the exception of a teardrop camper, of course, and I don’t really NEED one of those. I would really, really, really, like to have one, though, so if you decide to give one of THOSE away, look for me to word fight till my fingers fall off.
    Good luck making this difficulty decision.
    Peace out.

  226. Vince Says:

    …because it’s free

  227. carol Says:

    i want it not because i deserve it — because i don’t — but because i am selfish. i already have lots of really great art on my walls, and i don’t know where it would go. and it’s not like this is a great piece of art, but it’s good eye candy. i like its mass-produced pedigree — good gimmick. see? not only am i selfish, but i’m arrogant.

    the last thing i bought was a shitty scribble of a man’s face done with graphite on a pine plank by a 7-year-old kid with a lemonade-stand kind of sidewalk artmart set up. the thing that sold me was that he wrote 3.00$ (sic) on the art in a rectangle. it was ultimately more interesting than his “comics,” which all ended with the bad guy looking out a prison window saying “I don’t like it here.”

    thinking it over, i don’t really want the painting that badly. if i did, i would take two hours of time to make a copy. i can forge almost anything, and although the dashed-off quality would be hard to imitate exactly, nobody would know the difference because there are dozens of cousins out there.

    so, really, the only reason i want it is to save myself two hours. but i’m not going to spend the two hours anyway. i’ve got my own crap to poop out.

  228. Triumph the Insult Dog Says:

    I want it — so I can POOP on it!

  229. Adam Says:

    Seriousy you guys, I don’t even want this thing. You probably couldn’t get me to take it. Even if you offered me other stuff to go with it, like $5.00, I still probably wouldn’t want to take it. Of all the things I’ve ever wanted, this is not one of those things. Why would I want it even? Because it is a sweet-ass painting of Detroit? I still don’t want it! How about because it has nice warm colors? I don’t need them.

    All in all, I’d say that I do not want this painting for my wall in my room. You can try to give it to me, but I probably won’t take it.

  230. KaiBeezy Says:

    i return once more
    where nothing
    nor motor city machine
    can drag my gaze away
    two silent spectres in the darkling sky
    watch me as i watch them
    across the asphalt plains
    and teeming sidewalks
    of desire

  231. Tyler Says:

    I don’t have any paintings and I know that having this painting in my living room would make my Mom uncomfortable when she visits. So that’s why I deserve it.

  232. ms. s. Says:

    I want it for the kids: the elementary kids in my art room who see image after image of art made by adults, art that is little and flat and the wrong size compared to the original image, art that is the wrong color compared to the original, prints of art that lack the impact of the real thing. If they get so excited by the (mostly) paltry images, I can just imagine the energy when I show them this real and colorful painting! It will be hung in the art room at kid’s eye level, and they will love it because it is the real thing. If you decide to share it with students, that will be great. It will belong permanently to our school, a public elementary school in a small midwestern city without an art museum. If someone needs or wants it more, however, then it should go there! I know it will end up in the place it needs to be… The best view of art is not as a commodity, but as an experience! I know the kids will experience it fully!

  233. The Big White Rock Says:

    It sends me back to the green pastures of my Detroit homeland. This city will make you famous.

  234. Nate D. Says:

    Please – please –
    I immediately felt a pang in my heart when I saw this piece -
    I live in such an empty house- I desperately need something to bring out the colors in my life. I’m originally from the Detroit area, and the work reminds me of the city lines…driving into the city to St. Andrew’s to see a show…heading to church downtown with my parents.

    I really want it. In all honesty – I’d like the e-mail address of whoever wins it so I can make them an offer. Or please offer them my address.

  235. Mick Says:

    I want it to give to my father, who is from Detroit as I have not given him anything for his birthday for some time. Also I live in the 48 contiguous.

  236. Christian Says:

    Just because it is truely awesome. THough I will have to redecorate my room around it!

  237. Avery W. Krouse Says:

    You know, after taking a good look at the painting, I really didn’t want the painting for its asthetic value. I began to think about the hype surrounding this event.

    My thoughts are, if this made boing boing, and Steve Keene has been on NPR and whatnot, then news of this “giveaway” could be transmitted to higher powers, such as NBC’s Today, CBS’ 60 Minutes, or whatever. This would net Mr. Keene and your own site some publicity, and would make this particular work something very, very special, not only because of its value as an original, but as a specific painting that received national attention. It could, at the very least, be advertised in the newspapers of the larger cities around me.

    With all of that advertisement, I would be able to use all that as a publicity tool and hold an auction for the painting. The proceeds from this auction would go to benefit the building of new facilities at my church as we’re already trying to fit 200 people into an 140 person chapel each Sunday.

    All in all, I want the painting so I can help my church.

  238. Dagfari Says:

    Oh God, that painting brings up memories for me. I was once an orphan boy working in a factory just like the one in the painting, and I need the painting to help me remember my past.

  239. nathan butterhorn Says:

    I wan this painting because I know nothing about art, I am totally uncreative, I dont know the color wheel, and I will use this image to start my collection.

  240. Paul Says:

    I like to eat paintings. Gimme Gimme.

  241. john Says:

    Hell, I wouldn’t give ya a nickel for that monstrosity so you might just as well send it along to the enclosed address. And hey! I’m not paying for shipping either!

  242. Fred Says:

    Gawd I love this site. The Finkbuilt.com blog is just the greatest. I’ve never found so much useful information as I have here at the finkbuilt.com blog.
    I come here everyday to the finkbuilt.com blog, and tell all my friends about the finkbuilt.com blog. I wrote a full page article in my high school newspaper telling everyone about how fantastic the finkbuilt.com blog really is and have received many letters from students thanking me for directing them to the finkbuilt.com blog.
    So where’s my painting.

  243. Andrew Says:

    Hey hey, I’d love to have this painting because I need it for my student abode. I already have 4 painting to my name, all of them significant in some resect. Three are ones my late grandmother painted, one was specifically for me, the other two were given to me by my parents. The other one is a painting I got while working a summer job demolishing a school, I asked if I could have it as it just just sitting in a sink. Although it’s just some flowers in a vase by an unknown artist, it’s significant to me because it reminds me of that great summer. I’d like your painting because it would add to my ‘significant’ collection as it must be quite recognizable to alot of people on the Internet now. Plus there is alot of bare space on my walls.

  244. Elizabeth Says:

    wow, this is a really beautiful painting.
    can’t believe you want to GIVE it away! ^_^
    but, since you are, here’s ny attempt.

    I would love this paiting because it makes me happy to look at.

  245. Dustin Says:

    I want it.

  246. Proud Papa Says:

    I hate the painting: roads, smokestacks and pollution. The painting exemplifies exploitation of the common person at the hands of corporate greed.

    I hate the artist. He mass produces art like a machine or sweatshop. He is a human assembly line for bulk exploitation. His work ethic mirrors the fires of industry.

    Your giving this painting away makes you my savior for I could not purchase it from the artist myself or I would in turn be supporting all that I despise.

    I want this piece of trash to hang in my baby’s room as an educational tool. This depiction of industrialized society will hang alongside smiling faces and cartoon bunnies. In the years to come it will compliment fairies, ponies and butterflies. My daughter will love and then grow to hate corporate malfeasance and the death of art.

  247. Give it to the kids. Says:

    Give it to Mrs. S. The teacher lady who’s students need to see art. Which is true. Kids need to see art. Not only does she want it, she deserves it and her kids deserve it. Without kids taking an interest, what’ll happen to that piece in twenty years?

  248. ntexas99 Says:

    Doug D wins (IMHO), not that you asked for our vote

  249. Frank Says:

    Hi Steve, I don’t live in the contuguous 48 states and I want the painting most.

  250. Tom Raywood Says:

    I deserve this painting for the best of all reasons. I appreciate it for what the artist is using it to say.

    People, hands down, are the most important things in life. This is a fact that should never be lost sight of. What Keene notes here is that this otherwise inviolable principle is allasmuch as mocked by industry.

    Note the people in the foreground, down low and difficult to make out. Note the contrast with the buildings, the stacks and even the smoke which rises from them, how crisp and clearly delineable they are. They matter. They shouldn’t matter more than people do. But here, purposely, they do.

    The people are more however than just difficult to make out. They are specters. See how each of them rises from the ground leaving a trail behind him? And just where are they going? Look slightly beyond them all. See the field of tombstones? That’s where they’re all going, to the grave. Not as the living meeting a fitting end, but as the already dead. Dead even as they live. And why? Industry. Looming all puffed up there in the background like a god in the Earth, ruling over the people, rendering them lifeless even as they live. Notice how the color of the windows is the same as the color of the souls of the men. Such symbolism is not to be denied of its merits. How many among us have sold our souls to the company store?

    The pillars of smoke deserve especial attention. Notice how they have the form of persons, even moreso than the people. But notice too that they are bowing. Bowing at what? The buildings? Industry itself? I think not. Before each of their faces there is an object. Same faces. Same objects. But what are those objects? They’re not clouds. They’re not birds. They’re not even aircraft. So what are they? That’s the whole point. They’re completely out of place. Unquestionably they are objects. But they are objects which do not belong where they are. And where are they? They are in the eyes of industry …as objects of worship. Industry worships what it produces. Man serves industry. By extension, man has traded his soul for stuff. Not only will he go to his grave trying to get more stuff, by living a life so defined he’ll be dead long before he takes his last breath.

    This is the clear and compelling message of Keene’s “Detroit”. May whoever owns it embrace it for what it is.

  251. toonces1114 Says:

    I want it to go under my cats litter box to catch the stuff they kick out.

  252. Heidi Says:

    I think I deserve it because i am not going to make you read through a long ass response: I deserve it because I have huge tits. Seriously.

  253. Alfred Millan Says:

    I want the painting because it the coolest thing Ive seen and it will be the frist painting i would own

  254. Jamie Says:

    I love this painting, but I want it for my husband. He agreed to move across the country to Los Angeles for me to go to graduate school and further my career in archaeology (which will never finance the family) while putting his on hold. He left his home and family in Detroit, and he misses them very, very much. I want this painting as a gift for him. His birthday is June 3, and our anniversary is July 13 but I will miss it since I have to go out of the country to do fieldwork in Albania as I did last summer. He is a truly wonderful, understanding man, and as a gift this painting would be a symbol of how much I love him and deeply appreciate his sacrifice for me.

  255. Scooter Says:

    I would welcome the opportunity to adopt that piece of art and give him a bar-mitzva because as we all know paintings have feelings too and it just feels like this one is Jewish (I think its all that red you used)

  256. Brian Says:

    It’s cool, I like it. You should give it to me because I appreciate it’s Anarchist flair.

  257. Candice Says:

    I don’t have a stupid, or witty, or clever answer as so many of those listed here. So why do I think I deserve the painting?

    My artistical nature has allowed me to survive up until now. Being a street kid for a number of years, I held onto anything that gave me a sense of warmth or compassion. I have drawn the only emotional connection I have ever felt in my life, from the emotion and feelings of others, that they potray in music, poetry, quotes, and artwork. Inspiration to create, I in turn have chosen to share through my own form of expression, and art. These untampered with, unsensord pieces of an artists soul revealed, even if for a moment.Passion portrayed with insparation that in turn may get judged, but inspired free from judgement. By attempting in turn to educate the ignorant of this passion, in hopes that the true meaning of art is not lost in this heavily electronic, industrial future we have made for ourselves. I have and will continue to grab any lonley piece of artwork, that gives me some reminder of this, and lessons in my life I have learned.
    This piece to me is a reminder that even in the face of industry, we still can hold on to that lonely piece of art that has inspired us. By turning industry into art.
    Who ever wins this should at least appreciate it. Make sure you find one who will. You owe it to Steve.

  258. Carl Says:

    Heidi wins!!!!!!!!!

  259. David Bythell Says:

    Steve’s painting has an interesting and wonderful story – and a serendipitous life that I will endeavour to share, pass on, and keep alive.

  260. m2h Says:

    Hahahaha! Screw the real painting! I’ll just save it, and print it myself! Hahahaha!

  261. Heidi Says:

    Right-o Carl, i think I should win, too!

  262. Tom Raywood Says:

    Heh heh heh. What then, Heidi? Endowment for the arts?

  263. Heidi Says:

    Indeed, Tom, indeed my friend. Vote for Heidi! (And her 2 friends)

  264. Josh Says:

    Heidi, How do we know that this is not just a cleaver ploy to capitalise on the involuntary male response to huge tits? Do you have photographic evidence?

  265. Tom Raywood Says:

    I would take especial pains to see to it that “Detroit” gets, umm, well hung, though perhaps not as many as you seem to have taken to place your bust on a pedastal.

    Interesting play on a bra’d stroke however.

  266. Heidi Says:

    Josh- Just for you baby… haha (broken link removed)

  267. Tom Raywood Says:

    Who’d have ever seen that coming?

    Easy to understand how your pen ran out of ink and forced you to leave off the last two letters, “OT”.

    Add homynym, add hawk.

  268. Tom Raywood Says:

    It’s a pleasure to pick through the various offerings here, personal impressions of the piece and of course the various strategies employed to curry the favor of our donor.

    Occasionally I’ve come upon a reply which, fortunately, lacks such transparent trappings and which, at the same time, at least attempts to explore the artist’s perspective. So far, to me, KaiBreezy’s careful poem is the most poignant and refreshing.

    It’ll be a pleasure going through all of them. No telling what I missed.

  269. Mark Breakspear Says:

    On reflecton, I have to say that I absolutely don’t want this painting. I’m not trying a double bluff, I honestly don’t like it. At first, I was addicted to the need to “win” it, to be the person who came up with “winner”. Then I stopped and looked at the picture. Honestly, I think it’s pretty bad. If it was of a place I cared about, maybe it would be worth prostrating my values in order to win it. But, it’s Detroit. The artist seems to have lost interest in coherant paint strokes shortly after starting the sky. The chunky stright-out-of-the-tube yellow strokes scream amateur, or professional without the need to bore us with silly and arrogant “mixing” of the paint.

    Either way, I’d like to officially withdraw myself from this prizeless competition. In doing this I can site several positive outcomes for myself.

    1. I cannot now lose this, unlike the 300 others.

    2. I cannot win the painting that I now know I do not want to win. Thus I have actually “won” something far more valuable, self-respect.

    3. By reading some of the other “enteries” including my own, I realised that for something “free” people will pretty much sell any shred of decency that they have. This has reminded me that in America, everything is for sale, but now more importantly, even stuff that is shit can be fought over.

    4. Thankfully, the tin of paint that I used to paint my walls at home cost me $100. If you calculate the area that the painting would likely cover, it’s equal to about $0.72 of paint, definately worth more than the painting itself! On that note, if anyone would like to win my empty can of paint they are more than welcome to submit their enteries here…

    So… finally… I officially withdraw from this competition. Goodluck to the eventual loser, and I hope the other 300 winners realise how close they came to owning a horrible piece of shit-cake art. Ask yourself, if this guy doesn’t want it, why would you?

  270. Tom Raywood Says:

    Take heart sir. You do not have to like this painting in order to win it. You just have to want it more than any of the other bidders and have to make it clear that you do. The movies that Siskel and Ebert seemed to derive the greatest pleasure out of were the ones they most disliked and, like yourself, were able to ‘bash’ in some qualified sense. Nothing lit them up like reviewing a badly made film, yes? Maybe you genuinely do dislike Keene’s work, or came to, and may or may not hold to that estimation down the road. But for the present, you can at least be said to very much like disliking it. But do you dislike it strongly enough to hope that it will always take up space on your wall so that, any time you wish, you can enjoy disliking it? Fair enough?

    I want it for not dissimilar reasons. And obviously I want it badly enough to stay on top of it rather watchfully. And just like anyone else here who really wants it, I want it because it would greatly please me to have it. This then is where we share common ground. Where we differ on it, though one could argue that ‘should’ matter, very likely doesn’t matter at all. Our donor placed no such stipulations on his promise, no express interest in “why” you want the painting …only that you want it decidedly and demonstrably badly. So again, take heart. Step in and fight for it, yes? The trade is more than a fair one. Imagine how daily gratifying it is for our donor to read our various pleas and offerings and wranglings and machinations of mind even. Heck, it’s even fun for us. Terrific idea I must say, even if that does sound like a bit of stroking. No matter. Stroking won’t cut it. How badly do you want Keene’s work? How badly do you actually want to WIN something? This we are assured is the true measure of the thing as it stands.

    Myself I think I’ve done a fine job of calling the painting for what it is, that is, for what it is intended to say and/or evoke. So what? I mean, that’s cool. It’s cool that someone could do that. But again, go back to the criterion here. Our donor did not promise it to whoever can best interpret it. It goes to whoever wants it the most in his estimation. I purpose, obviously, to demonstrate that I do. But whether I ‘understand’ the painting or not is not directly relevant. It is relevant for me in the sense that there this passion factor. But someone could be a million miles away from understanding the painting and still, regardless, demonstrate a great desire to own it. Why not? Step up and go for it. The only thing you have to lose is pretty much the certainty you’ll have to endure my long-winded contributions along the way …which, by the way, you might very much like disliking.

  271. Tony Says:

    Ahhh geez. Now I wanna win Marks empty paint can.

  272. KaiBeezy Says:

    a long time ago
    or was it yesterday
    a wise man said
    we are luminous beings
    when is it most true
    at the spark of our creation
    or while the candle burns
    or in the pyre of our destruction
    or in the glow of heaven
    or in the fires of hell
    or when we dissolve
    into the

  273. Tom Raywood Says:

    Never moreso than when one illumens another.

    But then you knew that.

    How else to turn straw into gold?

  274. KaiBeezy Says:

    in a crowd
    my way
    the highway
    the option package
    makes it mine
    all mine
    pinstripes and
    whitewalls and
    curb feelers and
    half vinyl roof but
    cast iron
    my god
    you can still get that stuff
    on a buick today
    after thirty years of
    pain and
    downsizing and
    datsuns and
    cressidas and now
    driving hyundais to the factory
    and to walmart
    and tin home
    because man
    that is just how it is

  275. Tom Raywood Says:

    Shiny new
    Fully loaded

  276. Ashley Says:


    Are we getting off topic!


    Just send the faux-painting to me, Ok!

    We don’t need that hi-brow crap ’round here.

    And to prove it, just read the crap from the 300 idiots above who actually want the thing.


  277. Tom Raywood Says:

    The smell of burning straw.

    Such an intensely philosophical statement it is that there should be none among us who present as philosophical.

    Such an expression of sweeping dissatisfaction it is feel the need to impune those who fail of your own, less lofty orientation.

    Such an irony it is to hear you screaming, “I am earthy!”, only to color your proclamation with a word like ‘faux’.

    None of this of course is to assert that your several claims are devoid of any merit. I myself, a handful of posts back, invested in an effort to rein things back in …away from ad hominem attacks, that is, and back to a focus on “Detroit”.

    Want to talk about oranges? I’m up for that. Want to talk about Orpheus? I’m up for that. Want to toss a barb my way? I’m up for that too. Doesn’t matter really. I want Keene’s painting badly enough to roll with whatever presents and to deal with it, post by post, regardless. Personally I lean toward great civility. But dealing with fits of incivility comes easy enough for me if the need arises, however unwelcomely.

    Now it may be that you want “Detroit” more than I do. I’m in no position to judge such things. But if you do want it more than I do, a couple of things come clear. One is that you’ll have to demonstrate that you do. A single angry post won’t cut it. The other is that you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. If that means you need to generate a string of nasty replies, so be it. But even there I’ll meet you post for post. Ten posts later you’ll have not only failed to gain ground but will have done me the favor of presenting me the platform by which to prove beyond all doubt I want it most. It may be that crassness is an approach that is certain to fail you.

    There again, winning the painting may not be what motivates you here at all.

    Do tell yourselves.

  278. KaiBeezy Says:

    the high road
    the low road
    crass on the highway
    take the meta road
    meme meme

  279. Tom Raywood Says:

    That a meme is a meme is a meme. Draft my kitsch?

  280. Robyn Says:

    I don’t know why you’re giving this away… you’ve got an incredible story about how you got it. You’ll lose that bit of yourself if you give it away. Why not keep the painting and the story for yourself?

    Robyn – I don’t know, I was just cleaning house.

    I’ve enjoyed it for 10 years, now it is time for it to move on to a new home. It really would be bad form for me to retract my offer at this stage of the game.


  281. Tom Raywood Says:


    “If you love something…”


  282. Rene Says:


    Perhaps it’s not the ‘Steve Keene’ your respondents are looking for, but simply ‘a’ painting. Any painting. Some of these folks sound pretty desperate.

    You seem sincerely motivated in your desire to recycle the painting. So why not throw all the names in a hat, pick one, send the painting to that person. That person will then send to the next name out of the hat a painting of his or her choosing that has been sitting around ‘their’ house for the last ten years. Then another name out of the hat and another painting sent to the next contestant. And so on, and so on, and so on. This way everybody gets a painting, and no one feels left out. I myself will sadly be giving up my “Dogs Playing Poker” original.

  283. Tom Raywood Says:

    Again, what a terrific idea this was. The whole column could be published as a textbook study in human nature.

  284. Adam Says:

    i think its simply cool, and would look great hanging in my house