If loving Ray Troll is wrong, I don’t want to be right. The Ketchikan-based artist is best known (up here, anyway) for his fish T-shirts, prints, pins and such. But he’s branched out to sharks, fossils, dinosaurs and evolution, all of it imbued with unmistakeable graphics and some truly atrocious puns.
Three of those mini-masterpieces, in the form of fridge magnets, make up this week’s giveaway.
These aren’t the flimsy kind given away by your local bank or dentist’s office, either. Rigid plastic, measuring 2½ by 3 inches, and emblazoned with pun-derful mottoes:
“Salmon: The Fish That Dies For Love” (see above — fish flinging themselves up a river strewn with hearts)
“Blues in the Key of Sea” (featuring a bass that plays the bass)
My six degrees of separation with Mr. Troll comes from my days at the Anchorage Daily News. He designed an enamel pin for the reporters, a takeoff on the motorcycle motto of “Ride hard, die free” (often displayed with a skull).
Troll’s take on it: A skeleton hunched over a computer and the phrase, “Write hard, die free.”
Can’t help lovin’ that man. But not in a chinookie kind of way, of course. My admiration is purely for his art, and his ability to turn almost any fish into a joke. Gotta appreciate a man who can paint a picture of a guy hauling in a barn-door halibut and write under it, “I like big ‘buts.”
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The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, July 30. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, July 31, I’ll pull another name.
The prize won’t be mailed until the following week, however. I leave Wednesday for the SaveUp13 conference. Maybe I’ll bring back oddments to give away.