As The Chive put it: “Artist Mort Kunstler loves guns, women and adventure. A lot.” Before he turned to printed reproductions of his paintings of the American Civil War he was known for commercial illustrations. It’s an American world where all the men are rock jawed, the women well endowed and we’re pretty sure the Confederacy actually won. “America’s Artist” does pulp fiction illustrations at a pulpy peak of corny perfection.
“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” – Jessica Rabbit
There’s something special about pin-up art. They’re idealized images that are erotic without being graphic. A pin-up is a throwback to a simpler time when a bit of art could be a motivator and not just another X rated click. Arguably pin-ups objectify women but it’s just as true that it’s an art form embraced by modern women who feel empowered by Bad Girl Art. Rockabilly chic, Suicide Girls, Dita Von Teese; The pin-up is out there and alive in performances, photography, fashion music and tattoo