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By Any Means Necessary by DamnedInk By Any Means Necessary by DamnedInk
By Any Means Necessary
36x48, oils on board

This is easily one of my most popular images, people just seem to totally dig it. I get lots of comments on the weapons and the “Shiva” like arms, but I think one of the overlooked things is the fact that he’s basically in front of a target symbol, and probably the most telling of his “options” are the hands that stay in his pocket.
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Given 2008-06-14
By Any Means Necessary by ~DamnedInk is a powerful political image dealing with potency and impotence in a technically skillful and symbol-heavy fashion. ( Featured by stigmatattoo )
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SteveSchaefer2015 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
the shit...
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AnastasiaMorning Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Featured here fav.me/d86ec4c
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FereldenLadyArt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
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Rebel-Design Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wicked painting! love it :)
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anarckykustoms Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I have just finished getting the black and gray part of this tattooed on my chest. The color and bullseye are next. Truly appreciate this piece and what it stands for in my own life.
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weaveroffantasy Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
This is a seriously cool picture
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Nathanfrnd Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Nice, and very unique in choice of arms and weapons!
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octaviusthegreat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
The different weapons all look to be from different time periods and cultures. It is interesting that the man is a generic any-man in a generic conservative suit. It could be anyone as easily as it could be everyone. These elements draw my attention the most. It tells me that Man in general will try any means necessary to get what he wants. Is this why we have become the supposed top of the food chain? The target in the back makes me think that Man's any mean have turned back on him.
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counterculturesite Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I would like to feature this on my site. Message me if you are interested. Thanks.
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BlindStingray Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I love this...
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AshXMansin Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad Ass!!
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Immortal45 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Artist
Very cool
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Caffinatrix Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
This is such an cool piece of art. What really stood out to me the first time I looked at it was the huge red target in the back round. I also like the different poses that you chose for his arms and hands. Its like the different hands and arms represent different political tactics and attitudes. War, Reason, Faith, and Ignorance. This is a fantastic piece and I can see why so many people like it.
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caseyxrobertson Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
On the contrary to your own description, I noticed the Target symbol right away :]
Awesome piece.
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Sakaryn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
I saw this image on another website... am glad I found the artist who painted it on D.A.
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thrashhard702 Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
fancy coming across this. not to long ago me and a friend were checkin these out in person. kinda by chance i come across it again

great work id love to get one of these some day
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robinishot6 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
I think this is a visually and mentally interesting piece of art. :)

Forgive me, but I see the target as symbolism of the man making himself a target.

Whatever action he takes for his cause will make him stand out as a target, because there are always people who will disagree with us, no matter how we go about making our voices heard.
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splinter335 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
honestly i love it! but I do not think that the target symbol has anything to do with him but his enemy or maybe it symbolizes the fact that if he fails in what ever he plans that maybe he is going to be a target manipulative to destroy his country that is if it was meant to be political and if so maybe if he fails in his plans not someone else but his own country will turn on not only him but everyone and it would ultimately lead to the end of his grasp on the country or country's grasp on it's self. Also i think that the weapons he bears with his shiva like arms symbolize endless possibility or the indecisive personality of the man depicted non the less what i think it is still very symbolic and wayyyyyy better than anything i could ever do.
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accebere Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Absolutely LOVE IT.
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fubango Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
great.. and scarry! lol
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Muchavu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
great concept
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Saido702 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009   Interface Designer
i see you gallery every fIRST fRIDAY! YOUR ONE OF THE BEST VEGAS ARTIST!
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Maieth Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
This is brilliant. The many faces of the politician?
Excellent work and a powerful social commentary :+fav:
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emo-ninja-kid Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, by any means necessary- to kill or be killed?
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CrimsonCloverField Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
its beautiful
Actually his face says it all
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Daemonox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Nice work. Cant help but wonder is what in his pocket peaceful or harmful and what is he praying for
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themrchristopher Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
This is dope. Feeling it big time.
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TIMISDEATH2ALL Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
this is fucking sweeet
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chrysanne Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
Is there significance to the fact that his tie is blue?
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francoslavic-banter Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
The Shiva trick is so perfectly executed. Congrats on the DD as well, better late than never.

Insta-faved.
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AllwaysxPotent Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
I want to say this is one of the most moving works of art I have ever seen. At first glance, it was really "busy" with all the arms. However, the more you look at it, the more there is to receive. I've gathered my own interpretation of what it means.

The person could be anyone, me or you. He'd on a target, which represents the world, or life in general. All the surrounding weapons are the attacks that one can expect in life. The vary in shapes and sizes and nature of harm, but in the end, they are all obstacles.

The fist represent one who seeks to be revolutionary. One who fights against the tyranny and oppression through force.

The open palms represent one who accepts things for the way they are. Maybe they are at peace with things, or perhaps they feel helpless.

The praying hands represents the one who seeks faith as a means to deal with all of the strife the world oftenly imposes.

Lastly, the hands in the pockets, the most complacent of them all. I read this two ways. One, this person figures there is no need to change the world, possibly they aren't concerned with such matters, or not directly affected. Two, these hands represent the hands of the one who caused the problem. Now they sit satisfied, having to do nothing but hold onto the riches they've acquired at the expense of the others.

I could be completely wrong, but this is just my interpretation. I would love to hear yours.
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DamnedInk Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
Well, you're very spot on, so I'm not going to ramble on and muddle the ideas! I thank you a million times, I am flattered with your interpretation. I am mostly flattered that you have such a well written and thought out intepretation!
Thank you!
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AllwaysxPotent Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
It's I who should be thanking you. It's rare that I've ever been moved by a work of art in the way that yours has moved me. You should know that you're artwork are truly inspirations. I had no choice but to offer what I felt from the moment I began to gaze at it. Thank you for responding, and forgive my late reply.
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bouncing-monk Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
is the target also supposed to look like some sort of twisted version of a halo?
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DamnedInk Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
Not really, but I suppose that's one of those happy accidents in life! Hey at least you picked up on the target - Thank you!
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somefriggnidiot Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like a paused scene in movie..I'm dieing to see what comes next.
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MrozekArt Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool!
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KoShiatar Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The thing I actually noticed is the front hands, the praying ones, that seem to go with his bowed head. A pretty stark contrast with all the other weapons and symbols of violence.
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stambo42 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
beautiful work... but he doesn't look like Malcom.... or a man on any particular mission for that matter, some people have already brought up the possibility of this reflecting the dangers of inaction in the face of a society that does not treat with kindness or reward even the most well meaning and benign absolutists...
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Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooo great job on this! It looks awesome 8D
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow:

Gorgeous. Great symbolism and execution.
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SolitaryRonin Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
to me the hands seem to represent the stages of grief before death....the top hands:anger
side hands:depression
middle hands:bargaining
hands in pockets: acceptance
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SwitchHack Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Very symbolic, very nicely put together. I like it, keep up the good work :)
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sinscommitted Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
i find myself lookin to the hands that are praying and the ones in his pocket, as if they are turning away from the other "options" and the target it all comes together perfectly, great work
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ArtemisAesthetic Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
Im atracted to the concept, not the weapons. Its very true indeed
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sidrafa Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
nice image.
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orishhorde Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
OMFGeeee, gasp
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liberator7 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Student Writer
this is incredible.for the fist's in the air i think the best qoute would be "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants", and the hands in the pockets could be "the best friend of oppresion is inaction".

well done.
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DamnedInk Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
Those are great quotes! Thank you!
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mobang Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Brilliant! Well done!
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