Bizarro is brought to you today by The Pope of Canada.
Unless you've been living in a gated community, you've probably seen the Ed Hardy paraphernalia currently overrunning the planet. Shirts, hats, purses, shoes, snow blowers, just about any product with space for a design is being sold with these designs.
These designs are based on old-style tattoos, or as we in the tattoo-know typically call them "Sailor Jerry style". A dude named Sailor Jerry Collins popularized this style in the middle 20th century and Ed Hardy was one of his apprentices. Ed has been a well-known tattoo artist in his own right for a long time and is now making over a billion dollars per second by licensing his name to other products. It was a brilliant marketing scheme, whoever came up with it.
My theory is that since tattoos are so popular now but not everyone has the money or courage to actually get one, they can still celebrate the look by buying the clothing. The classy gentleman in the cartoon above has taken this craze one step further. His ingenuity makes me giggle.
On the subject of clothing, yesterday I posted a picture on this blog of a gentleman in a dashing red velvet suit as he was pontificating on NBC about the gold medal round of men's hockey. I suggested that he may be the Pope of Canada. Many of you readers correctly identified him as Don Cherry, Canada's premier hockey analyst and commentator. (And agreed that he is, in fact, Canada's Pope.) One helpful reader sent a link to a blog that chronicles Don's flamboyant wardrobe choices and I have enjoyed it immensely. I dig the way this dude dresses. Enjoy the blog here.
Here's Don critiquing the way other hockey folks dress: