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Ferguson by MonkeyMonk14 Ferguson by MonkeyMonk14
I Don't think I really have to explain what this piece is about... Normally even when I try I have trouble truly understanding the reasons why something horrible is happening, but these recent events I've been more than aware of and crossed into trying political art. I've done political before and tend to like it slightly more graphic but It's kind of hard to hold back when you have feelings rushing out. Once I gather my thoughts I might create something more readable.

 I'm also not putting a warning on this because I honestly don't want to limmit who views this. I think we can all handle it. 
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Warranty4 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
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ILLudedVisuals Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Great artwork, powerful.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Darren Wilson's a HERO!
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HollywoodMarine2171 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Oh my god, thank you. Finally someone with some common sense. 
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Your welcome!
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Jasmine-Lotus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brown was UNARMED,you idiot
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
That's because he was thankfully UNABLE to take/steal Officer Wilson's gun and kill him with it!

I'd like to give a donation to Officer Wilson for doing an outstanding job of taking out some Street Trash!
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Jasmine-Lotus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If Brown was going to steal the gun Wilson could have wounded him,not kill him.Besides Wilson didn't know the full story of Brown until AFTER he killed him.Now people are saying,Brown never had cigarretes or was even trying to rob the store.
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
No, he did the right thing by killing a dangerous animal, a predator that would have harmed someone else the instant it got the chance.

Riiight, he was a "Good boy who didn't do nothing".
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Jasmine-Lotus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really,I bet if the roles were switched Wilson would have been alive well,and you know what maybe give him the key to the city for being suspected for robbing a store
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
No.

Why do you glorify Street Trash?  What's the fascination with Dangerous Thugs?
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Jasmine-Lotus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just because he was suspected of robbing a store with no real evidence,you call him street trash?
How do you know he was a ''Dangerous Thug''
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If he was.. he would have felt guilty about the death of a kid. It is not the cops job to do the killing. Everyone is entitled to a fair judgment in a court of law. That kid did nothing to cost him his life.
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
No, he'd feel relief that he saved his own life and regret because of the legal hassle involved with ridding the World of WORTHLESS Street Trash.

That "kid" deserved to die for attempting to murder a cop, not to mention the FACT he'd just robbed a store earlier.
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Jasmine-Lotus Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
again HE WAS UNARMED,HOW COULD HE KILL A COP
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
He was trying to take/steal Officer Wilson's gun to kill him with it.
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0--CodePanic--0 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Obviously you must be one of those white people who always "blame things on the black people, us white people are always innocent".

And no, I'm not trying to bring out racism, because thats just how America is with us blacks.
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
No, I'm just being HONEST and stating the FACTS, aomething you refuse to acknowledge.

Riiight.   More Kool-Aid?
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0--CodePanic--0 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm mot refusing to acknowledge facts, because I'm a black person that will admit when their wrong. But there's just no way. Nobody's a hero when they take someone else's life without trial, or just taking someone's life in general.

And no thanks, I'm more of a soda type person.
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Jasmine-Lotus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do have any evidence of that
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Yeah, eyewitness accounts and the Grand Jury's decision on the matter.
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Jasmine-Lotus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Grand Jury can make their own decisions regardless of the eyewitnesses. 
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow.. ok i am always one to let people have there own opinion on matters, but have you seen the photos they took to document the 'attack'? and all the witnesses who claimed he didn't attack, are they trash two? why is it so hard to believe that the cop may be at fault. He is human. Just like Michael Brown. The worst of humans is still humans, no one deserves death with out A PROPER TRIAL. There are fucked up kids out there WHO NEED HELP, Michael Brown could or could not have been one of those who needs help. I'm sure if a loved one of yours found themselves being raised in a less the great situation trying to scrape by a life of crime might seem more appealing. ( NOT SAYING MICHAEL BROWN IS A CRIMINAL) What you are telling me is he isn't even human. He didn't live and experience and feel pain. YOU ARE TRYING TO CONVINCE ME THAT HE WAS TRASH, AND THERE WAS NO WAY HE COULD HAVE JUST BEEN ARRESTED AND GONE THROUGH THE LEGAL SYSTEM. YOU ARE TELLING ME THAT A TRAINED OFFICER OF THE LAW FELT OVER POWERED AND THREATENED BY AN UNARMED YOUNG ADULT, WHO MAY HAVE ROBBED A STORE. I AM FRIENDS WITH AN EX COP AND PROFESSOR OF CRIMINAL LAW AND HE AGREES THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION. MANY COPS, WHO HAVE BEEN IN DARREN WILSONS SHOES, KNOW HE IS IN THE WRONG. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO CAN SEE THAT HIS REACTION WAS AT LEAST AN OVERREACTION. WHAT IS THE POINT OF DEFENDING ONE MANS MISTAKES. EVERY MAN SHOULD LEARN TO OWN UP TO THERE FALTS. DARREN WILSON HURT PEOPLE, THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO LOVED MICHAEL BROWN, DOES THAT MEAN NOTHING?! HE WASN'T EVEN SENSITIVE.

There are no Hero's here. Not this time. I'm sorry, and I know this wont change your mind. Just like you wont make me change mine.
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
The so called witnesses were LIARS and officer Wilson was attacked by a vicious Street Thug, the Media tried this crap with George Zimmerman when he put down Trayvon Martin and it didn't work then either.

You're friends with Liberals they believe in coddling criminals and they HATE America.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure how you decided a handful of witnesses who all had the same story are liars. I'm not sure its something you can believe unless you were there and saw differently. This 'You're friends with liberals' is weird that you assume I'm not left wing. And I honestly try not to assign myself to a political party cause that was the original intention of our founding fathers. He was never arrested so he was never convicted SO HE WAS NEVER A CRIMINAL! I am sorry but officers have taken more then a few punches and put there lives on the line and have died before acting in self defense. It is a last resort, often used in cases where the suspect has already committed an act of violence, killing or severely injuring someone, or they are armed and treating ( for example a gun pointed at an officer). Your 'evidence' holds about as much weight as you think mine does.

Also, a country consists of its people, without its people it is just land. By not realizing he was a citizen and part of this country, and he had his rights to go through a normal court of law you fail to uphold one of the things that makes this country what it is. You believe he deserved to die before he was even proven guilty of a crime ( theft or assault of a police officer.) Because both of those are not warranted for the death penalty. And  even if you believe Brown was wanting to kill Wilson, he still had no gun. This automatically makes Wilson the better man in this situation, he has the upper hand, he should have been in control, he should not have had to fire his gun REPEATEDLY ( which is not something cops do either btw, mostly warning shots or shots to disable ) AT BROWN. The only coddling I am seeing right now is you coddling Wilson. He did something wrong, he should set an example and take reasonable punishment for it. There is no 'Coddling' a human life, there is only saving it. I think its you who hate America, because its not what you were promised. Our golden boy hero's are not as great as we were taught in school. We have stolen this land and treat the natives horribly while dressing up to make fun of them, It has only been 60 years since segregation was legal and so many people still sitting there wondering why its so hard for people of color to struggle far more. Cause they are considered trash, they are considered street thugs, no one gives a shit about them. and who cares if they die, They probably deserved it right?

if that's my country then you're right, I don't love my country like I did as a kid. But I'll tell you one thing, me, and the rest of the people marching, and protesting, we are this country as much as you are. I love each and everyone of them for standing up against unspoken injustices, recent and from the past, from killings to judgements to a fucking racist joke.

It says something about the matter, when I have so much to say, and it comes from my heart. I am not strong enough to protest, I am scared, but I made this because I have been more scared for my friends, good people, who are scared to walk the streets at any time of day, who fear of being judged as 'trash', 'worthless', 'a criminal with no crime'. I have so much fear for them in my heart I couldn't help but make this piece, and AM PLANNING TO MAKE ANOTHER! Because I have so much to say. But to me it sounds like you are rattling off lines like a doll with a pull string.
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zane1193 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
Sigh... Kool-Aid Poisoning at it's finest.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The fuck are you talking about? Ok I actually had to go look that up. And I can honestly say this is something that happened on both sides of the conflict. I have been watching both sides… both formal media, fox, CNN, NBS… and following streams like twitter, tumblr, Facebook. IT IS THE COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE PROVIDED TO ME THAT I HAVE MADE THE OPINION THAT THE COP WAS WRONG. If he felt fear for his life I can understand him taking some action but he felt no guilt in having to defend himself to that length. I have taken time to collect my thoughts based on my experiences to respond to your comments. I was raised in Evanston, a town just above Chicago. They had MANY programs of helping youth kids who had committed crimes at a young age be rehabilitated and are given a second chance and it fucking works. NOT ALL THE TIME BUT ENOUGH THAT IT MATTERS! I grew up with kids thinking they were worthless, friends of mine who thought they were stupid cause they were told they were. FUCK THAT. I Have talked with these kids who are scared, IVE TALKED TO COPS! TELL ME ONE STORY, ONE FUCKING STORY FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES THAT VALIDATES YOUR POINT THAT ISN'T " My friend, mom, dad ( whatever) told me about this guy, girl ( whatever ) PROVE TO ME THAT YOU ARE NOT THE ONE FUCKING 'KOOL-AID poisoned' AND I WOULD TAKE THIS FUCKING ART DOWN. BECAUSE SO FAR, LIKE I SAID, YOU ARE RANTING THE SAME WORDS AND THEY ARE SOUNDING LESS AND LESS LIKE EDUCATED OPINIONS AND MORE LIKE PRE TAUGHT FRAZES. I have an honest to god fear for the lives of my friends, who are some of the smartest nicest people I know, I grew up with them, and I know the photos that would be used to make them look like a thug. So put your apathetic 'Sigh' The Fuck away. If you weren't prepared for a fucking heated educated response then thats fine. The fact I SHARE an opinion with many doesn't mean the opinion is invalid, or that its not one I have collected of my own thoughts; It means many people are drawing the same conclusion. SHIT IS STILL FUCKED UP.  WHY IS THAT IDEA SO TABOO, ARE WE TOO GOOD FOR THAT, FOR SHIT TO STILL BE FUCKED IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT SO THAT MUST MEAN WE ARE NOT RACIST RIGHT? FUCKING SOMEONE WAKE DR KING WE ARE ALL HOLDING HANDS NOW SINGING SONGS! AMERICA IS THE PROMISED LAND! EVERY JOE AND JENNY'S GOT A JOB AND THE KIDS ARE FAT. re up and listen, the thing that makes this country so great is i am allowed to share how I feel. its not Kool-Aid its human thought. weather its a shared or independent thought it is mine. You can have yours, I wish you would make yours stronger, but don't you dare invalidate mine without offering clear proof that my facts are wrong. My opinion can be changed. If i were to meet him Im sure I might be more sympathetic. I bet if you met Michael Brown's mom, and saw his momorial get torched, and heard those testimonies, put forth your own questions, maybe your opinion would change too.  But as I type I get the feeling you don't want it to change… so it wont. You just want to start fires… like you did here. Im not sure if you even like the work, Im honestly a bit lost on the point of this because I am all for a debate, but you are giving me nothing to work with. 
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Briannabater Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you for posting this.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. With recent events I might do another one. There was alot of rage in me when I did this piece, not that its gone, but I'd like to make something cleaner and more hopefull. 
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Briannabater Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'm actually really disturbed by how little there is on DA about Ferguson.

And my humble post that "black lives matter" on my page is getting more pushback than support.

It's a crazy world. 
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Honestly, there are alot more imature younger people on this site, who oftin dont fully understand issues like that. I've had more imature dealings on here with other unreatled things then I have on tumblr. The feedback for this piece though has been mature and mostly positive. Im not sure if people see Deviatnart as the proper place for such art but when It comes down to it, any place where it can be seen and effect people is the right place to put it. 
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student General Artist
They're shooting at protesters now. Goodbye, first amendment.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gah jesus. if that wasnt bad enough i cant believe there are people still saying its justified. 
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Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Kind of powerful.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank-you.
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ArcanePhotographer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Powerful stuff here. Great work here.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank-you.
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Requiemsvoid Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
The latest news out of Ferguson is that many of the people that're being arrested
(after trying to instigate the cops) aren't even from that state/city.

IE: These people are attacking the cops and trying to start riots while hiding within
the peaceful protest groups (many protesters are catching on and pointing out these
interlopers to the cops).

Long story short, I'm sad someone died.. but if we're not careful, this will spiral out
of control by people that have an agenda to push.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist

That is obvious.. the fact that some people want to turn this on the protesters and make them look bad. they are the same kinds of minds and thought processes that fired that shot. the cops want that too, they want a riot!! Because a riot will make them look like they are not over using power, make them look justified. I wish I could say I am amazed at the way the protests haven't turned more violent. I wish i could say i was amazed at the people willing to stand up and protect storefronts and children... but amazed doesn't even begin to describe it.


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Requiemsvoid Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Partly, though I'm not only saying the instigators are trying to make
the protestors look bad.. but they're also attempting to force police
to react to the attacks.

IE: Record the cops retaliating, but not showing the "instigation".
Thus painting the cops as villains.

Basically, I'm not saying the cops are in the right or that the protesters
are "angels".. but that both sides need to tread carefully.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
And I agree with you, It's always a tricky matter. Aside from the cops being in their right.. I don't think they are fully. Events like this should have police there but not at this level. 
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Requiemsvoid Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Indeed, I guess I'm just kinda bothered by the whole thing.
**Why riots and looting over just one guy?... why militant police?

He wasn't well known and he wasn't exactly a "boon" to the neighborhood/
city/state and those people aren't exactly a big enough threat to merit a
police state.

Yet here we are with 3rd world "wars".. Isis, North Korea, Palestine, ect..
but everyone flips their shit over a black dude getting killed by a whitey cop.

Granted, any loss of life sucks.. it just feels like people are blowing this
out of proportion and trying to act like it's bigger than it really is.

I mean, look at how many people are ACTUALLY being gunned down by
their governments or other forms of militia overseas.

Then again.. there was that whole retaliation by the ghetto during the
Treyvon Martin ordeal. (they went out and roadblocked a highway).

It's like their anger is misplaced and they're just looking for a reason to
act out (both parties).

lol, anywho.. back to your art work!

It's an interesting piece, you should try selling the design on cafepress
or something (shirts/mugs/ect).
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist

First of all, the fact that he was not 'somebody' does not lessen his crime.. and the riots are not over one death but the fact this keeps happening. It is out of a growing fear and distrust for how things are run today.


As for its attention it is true, there have been many more riots more history making around the world. But america has this stick up its butt in these matters most in that they believe nothing could go wrong here. Or at least a vastly large population does, the one that is on the greener grass. This riot is gaining attention because its here, in our homeland, and it poses a threat to us, in a milestone sort of way that will hopefully change the future for the better. Really the idea that a riot in egypt is any less important then one here is an illusion. but people care about what they see and what they can hear and understand and no one was willing to explain to the masses what was going on so no one cared. ( again that is regarding foreign issues) but these are our kin, 'fellow americans' and the first riot we have seen like this in 50-60 years. When the same cards were on the table. So you wind up with 1/3 of people recognizing the issue having known about it, 1/3 are beginning to realise that these lies they have been told in news and in history class are not true, that not everything got solved in the past and there are still issues, and 1/3 continues to not realise a problem. 


There 'over reaction' has been treating to boil over for a while now. I don't know what's up with the cops per say, i know it can't all be a raise issue...


But thanks for the feedback and conversation. I probably won't sell it per say, thats not why I made it, but I will get pissed off if someone tries to take it to do that.







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MouseDenton Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
I just want to be clear on something the media doesn't illustrate well enough; we who support guns do so to protect our kids from this senseless violence.
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist

I am from chicago, which is a anti gun area ( and state if im not mistaken) and to be honest i sadly agree. guns taken away by the people who abide the law will be at risk so long as guns are still obtainable through illegal or legal means elsewhere. The fact is if you have too people, and one has a gun, the other would obviously feel more safe with a gun as well. And they could both claim to never shoot; but then why have them? we have a gun to protect ourselves from people with guns its a tad counter productive. From a logic standpoint at least. We are light years away from the non use of firearms in this country, and even though its counter productive, a mugger will think twice befor snatching an old ladies purse if there is a chance she's packin.

That aside..

This violence is not exactly senseless.. to say it is suggests it has no meaning. This is not just one death of a kid who was not protected by our law enforcement. It is many, many deaths that have piled up over the years and been swept under the rug and not thought of. It builds up in the hearts of those who fear for their lives and their children. The ones with the arsenal in this situation are not solving or protecting anyone. Even though it hurts you're believes you have to realise this... because so long as people will not own up to mistakes made by them or those like them, things will change for the worse. And no one will be safe.


I also realize I might not be understanding you so well, the sides are never drawn in a straight line nor are they clear. If I have made a mistake let me know, but either way I value your opinion. And even though I feel your Idea to have guns to keep kids safe is a tad unwise, it comes from an honest and good place. To keep kids safe. No matter what they look like or how they are raised.
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KlownyKritter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I literally live 20 minutes from ferguson and this peace speaks loud and clear
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MonkeyMonk14 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank-you. I am not quite sure what that means in lines of your safty so I will hope that you are safe regardless. 
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