Sunday, November 19, 2006

Artist's Response to Ridor's "This is Cool, Is It?"

(reposted)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Artist's Response to Ridor's "This is Cool, Is It?"

Recently today, blogger Ridor wrote a piece about the SuperASL T-shirt that is selling like hot cakes on BuyASL.com. I read it with amusement, knowing who created it. Folks, here's the link to his blog, "This is Cool, Is it?" Be sure to check out a photograph of himself wearing the T-shirt that I - yes, I - created. It's worth a few good laughs. Hey, Ridor, muy gracias....you can let out the air now! ;)

http://www.ridorlive.com/?p=1992

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm the one who designed that famous T-shirt Ridor talked about. The credit for the idea goes to BuyASL.com. I was approached by them and asked to design a logo that is similiar to Superman but that has the word ASL incorporated into it. I designed three logos, and they picked one. I was paid my commission for the logo design. FYI, I do not receive any residual on this T-shirt. It is for the deaf community. BuyASL.com is a company known to be very supportive of the deaf community.

This design that I created is intended as a novelty item, to put a spin on the issue of American Sign Language with humor. This is the message that I believe BuyASL.com is trying to convey with this design, that it's OK & cool to communicate in ASL and that ASL is...SUPER-cool!I would like to let you a little on my background. I'm not an ASL extremist, either. I do not see this design I made as a symbol for ASL extremism, and I do not think it should be taken as such. I see this design as a proactive, positive message in support of ASL as our language.

I learned sign language at age 8. Before then, I was an oralist. I was a student at one of the most famous oral schools, Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, MA. As you may know, Clarke School banned sign language in the classroom and frowned upon its use outside the school building. At the dormority where I lived, we'd communicate by handmade signs and grunts - short, brief speaking. Not everyone at Clarke I knew was skilled at speech and lipreading, including myself.When I first learned sign language, it opened a world for me. I will never forget this day when I first learned sign language...like my hospital stay and survival, it was one of several major turning points in my life. I am sure it was the same for many, many deaf people.

The school where I learned sign language was at Amoskeag School for the Deaf, a small day school in Manchester, New Hampshire. The type of sign language taught there, however, was PSE (Pidgin Signed English). PSE is like a combination of SEE and ASL. When I saw ASL signed, it was at an elementary school where my bus would pick up some students, and my first impression that ASL was a language spoken by kids at elementary school level. Boy, was I wrong!MSSD was where my mind changed and expanded. While I was a student at MSSD for three years from 1978 to 1981, the way I signed was heavily influenced by the people I met there and the school plays that I participated in. Despite MSSD's official policy of total communications at that time, ASL was widely practiced everywhere I went. It was at MSSD when I realized ASL was a common language that the deaf community in America communicated in.

Through my involvement in theatre I learned to develop profound love and respect for this beautiful, visual language called ASL. Since then I've been an ASL signer and will always remain one to my death.So...folks, ladies and gentlemen, to celebrate our love, honor and respect for ASL as our language, PLEASE buy the Super-ASL T-shirt from BuyASL.com! And don't forget to buy 6 wrist bands of “GOT ASL?”....$ 2 from each sale will be donated to the FSSA Coalition or the GUAA! Go to this link:http://www.buyasl.com/Wear one TODAY and look SUPER-COOL! Get it?Many, many thanks to everyone, y'all for your time reading and for your support towards Gallaudet University / Kendall Green!

D. McClintock,artist
posted by Dan McClintock at 1:37 PM

38 comments:

Mikey said...

Cards by Mikey™ said...

Hey Anonymous,Your comments are uncalled for. Dan, delete this comments, they're are not worth posting in here. This person obviously has no clue about the art and stuff.You are a true artist, because I recognize your talent.Perhaps we could call other Deaf artist to unite and create our own blogsite and not letting anonymous like this one intervene here.
6:42 AM

Dan McClintock said...

Hi, Mikey,

I've just deleted all the hateful comments by Anonymous. I'll respond to this guy in a moment.

Thank you again for your support here and yes, I agree with you on your idea for unity of Deaf Artists for a creative project. We'll see. Stay tuned for some ideas I will share with you and other artists soon in the near future!

Dan

Anonymous said...

you deleted the comment about buyasl.com? lol

Anonymous said...

you deleted the comment about buyasl.com? lol

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you're not the real artist, you simply weird guy that i knew from gallaudet. desprate for $$ no good. you need to refresh your memory about th epast what you did to gallaudet students.

Anonymous said...

you should work for me, not mikey marts

i'm the real artist reveal myself james stephen kittell

Anonymous said...

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i'm the real artist reveal myself james stephen kittell

Anonymous said...

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i'm the real artist reveal myself james stephen kittell

Anonymous said...

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i'm the real artist reveal myself james stephen kittell

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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i'm the real artist reveal myself james stephen kittell

Anonymous said...

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Dan McClintock said...

Ok, James Stephen Kittel. Is this your real name? Somehow in my doubt I doubt you are this guy...probably someone else using his name. Someone who hates the real Kittel guy I know from the past. Do you have proof? Do you have a photo of yourself you can show me to identify yourself? What's the matter with you? Why did you repeat yourself 17 times here, 8 times there and again 7 times? Yes, I counted...something must be seriously wrong with your mind! Or is your button stuck?

FYI, I'm not from Gallaudet. I was only a MSSD student - never went to Gallaudet. I graduated from RIT. I do have many friends who are Gallaudet alumni, however, and you can see I've been in support of the Gallaudet protests.

Why do you say that you're the real artist, not me? Do you claim that you made the SuperASL t-shirt? Why should I work for you, not Mikey Marts? Are you jealous of him? What did you say that I did to Gallaudet students? Hmm? Why don't you refreshen my memory, eh?

Dan McClintock said...

Hey, SJK, I now recognize who you really are. After seeing some links about you, I'm really shocked that I met you a few times before and did some business with you. You now a con man? Uh! Hmm...who is really desperate for $$? Ha ha...it struck me funny that you said that, because I'm comfortable with three jobs. And I've got offers coming up. And what do you do for a living? Con people for a living??

I see now why you backstabbed my friend Mikey Marts. Why you backstabbed ME, too, and ripped me off of $$ that you still owe me for work some years ago! (Now does this refreshen your memory, eh?? Grin)

I'm bringing this link to everyone's attention so they will know who you really are. Your picture's there.

http://www.ridorlive.com/?p=2037

Thank you for revealing to us your true colors!

Deaf258 said...

Hey Dan...

Thanks for designing that ASL shirt!

Let ya know that there are 2 settings I suggest you should adjust in your Blogger settings:

1. Enable word verification so that spammers will have a harder time posting junk comments.

2. Disable 'allow anonymous comments' to discourage anonymous people. Of course, they can still post, but they have to register their email everytime they make a new Blogger account to make a comment.

Good luck! And keep up with the good work! ;)

Dan McClintock said...

Hey, Deaf258, thank you for the tip!

D.