A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to be one of three artists commissioned to do chalk drawings for a yearly Halloween pub crawl. Long story short, I chose the theme of “monsters” and drew North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, as Hollywood’s classic monsters. Not a big reach, in my opinion, and frankly, didn’t think it was that controversial. But apparently, I was wrong. It was taken down immediately… didn’t even get to finish my work, was stopped halfway through my Kim Jong-un as Dracula and never got to even start my Kim Jong-un as a zombie (I was really looking forward to that one). And by the way, the two pieces that were up were getting great laughs and attention from everyone who walked by… even had a bunch of people taking photos. It was exactly the outcome I was hoping for.

Fast forward to the present day, a friend of mine said, “Those chalk drawings you did a couple of years ago were great. You should paint those again for Halloween this year.” Well… since I’m not a fan of doing anything twice, and since I’m both a closet artist and a closet comic book nerd… VIOLA! I give to you “Joker” in all of his sociopathic glory.


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Joker – 36 x 48 acrylic on canvas

A close-up

Reference materials

Chalk drawings – Halloween of 2017

The washing away of the chalk drawings because they were considered too controversial

The end result