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Playground Vigilantes by n0deal Playground Vigilantes by n0deal
Submission for ArtPolitic 09: Guns.

This is a piece I started months ago when we first decided to do guns as the topic of our next release. It has evolved through several iteration but i think the end result was worth the time that went into it. I hope you agree.

Tools: Photoshop 7, Scanmaker 3740, Nikon 4500
Stock + Textures: My own with the exception of the bullets
Brushes: ~alangerow and ~nibbler-stock
Fonts: Dirty Ego by misprintedtype
Writing: Yours Truely
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Daily Deviation

Given 2005-03-29
*n0deal is no stranger here at deviantART, and he has yet again shown us his intriguing style with Playground Vigilantes The piece depicts a rather interesting and intriguing message surrounding school violence. ( Featured by mirrorkills )
Scavenger1234567890 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Kids can be some of the cruelest beings to ever walk the earth. This is a great piece and it shows what happens when some kids are pushed too far.
Rodegas Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
Should we all cry to a pillow?
Scavenger1234567890 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
No,just remember everyone has a breaking point and some people choose to let others know how they feel,with hollow points.
Rodegas Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
Thug life
blooddept Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful incredibly deep and something i can personally relate to
REBnVoDKa99 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
POWERFUL AND YET OH SO TRUE STUNNING AND BOLD...thanks to you my ally for sharing such a piece of art. I salute you !!
flyingrebel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Oh my god, I love it :heart:
Wolfblood11 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
this was so sad. how can someone keep all that anger inside?
MusicIsMyPassion Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
They can't. That's why people snap and the next thing you know there's another shooting being reported on the news. ]:
Tyveris Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting
kid-matherz-dha-IV Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
kool work(4got 2 say, sorry).
kid-matherz-dha-IV Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
columbine, virgina tech , and ect., examples of bullying, isolation, abuse, ect. something about a school shooter, u dont know who it is or what theyre planning. I seen Elephant, that movie was said to inspire the red river school shootings(10 dead including the shooter). Ive been and still am bullied, abused, isolated, ect., but u gotta be strong in tough situations, feel bad 4 the people(including shooters) killed in the shootings.
madmax21st Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
All the recent shootings just made this more relevant :(.
liesforever01 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Das-sombras Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... i remember when i used to feel like this. though, i never thought of picking up a gun, thank God.
the-clue Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008   Photographer
fucking word,
Westwingwomen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
amazing work describe how i hav felt alot n reminds me of things i hav sed in the past..thankfully i hav never thought of picking up a gun. but i do no bullying can lead to pppl do extreme things n i do understand y they do it...
IAmJacksInsaneRage Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
well i'm scared that this kid may have bought his "merchandise" from my friend
Killuminaughty Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Just curious, what caliber are those rounds. Since an AR is in the blood I'd of figured the bullets would be 5.56 or at least 7.62x39, but they look like some old archaic ones. I just think the idea of shootin' up some innocents with some ancient bolt action rimfire gun would put a bit of irony in this piece due to the authors lack of gun knowledge (it happens all the time, nothing to worry about).
n0deal Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll freely admit my firearm ignorance. I just used them because they I felt they fit nicely with the piece and were one of the best pieces of ammunition stock I could find at the time.
toonrama Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
- Mahatma Gandhi
antiKoerper01 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
don't know what to say about this.
it's stunning!
MikeGuinto Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007  Professional Photographer
Sounds like words straight from an an-hero's mouth.

But the graphics look pretty sweet
jtgsclik Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great man I can relate to it and it really hits hard. You did an amazing job on this congrats.
Gpilot06 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Student Digital Artist
...You're at 911 favs...I think that says something... :ambulance:
Rayza16 Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
This strikes a chord deep within my soul.. *sigh* v.v faved
applerust Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional Photographer
A tribute to the misunderstood and the tormented.
limesaregaylemons58 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
totally love the first line " why do i have to be different!"
yeah really. why?
masteradnan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
Strong message. Nicely done.
DeXTrodiphen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
fan-fucking-tastic. love it. faved it. you rock.

if i had money i would buy the print. :/
jtobler Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
I especially enjoy it because I felt it. That kind of environmental torture breeds playground vigilanties. I know. My tendancy to get in squabbles with the bullies at school if I see them picking on a recluse is a direct result of years of name callings and blacktop beat-downs. I wouldn't ever shoot my tormentors (especially cuz I need some of them for highschool football rivalry next season), but...nobody stepped up and protected me. If vigilantism is evil, then it's the lesser of two evils. The greater of the two is to trust the safety of schoolmates to the school administration. If I don't step up and protect them, nobody will.
M-veculous Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2006  Professional
This is totally amazing!
Xarte Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Student General Artist
aw.. this make me think..
very cooll.. :+fav:
fbarok Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I'm gonna feature this one, ok?
Maestro-Dylannesis Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006   Writer
...How is this political?
lazardo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the feeling. To be honest, the piece like the cover of a comic book or the poster of a suspense movie, but in a good way.
violentfetish Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006
wow - thats an excellent piece. The entire piece, words, colour, postioning, it all combined to create an excellent powerful piece. Well done.
aixerona Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
heehee, look at me coming back to this. i actually didn't notice the daily deviation before, very very well deserved. miss you. going to stop by artpo now.
SebastienB Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006   Digital Artist
wow! what a powerful text! everything else is greatly put together! nice job!
Razorus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006
Stunning, great.
baysky Featured By Owner May 12, 2006
very cool. brings about so many emotions, i love it
dnaexmosn Featured By Owner May 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like you may have clarified and made me see something with this message that I didn't wholely understand before.
vivelefraise Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2006
wow. i totally feel it. love the design, and maybe this'll stop bullying. one day, the bullied will get back at you.

AnGsti3 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006   Interface Designer
Woow! :) Nice work. +fav
psycho-sexy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006   Writer
This really captures the feeling that many people get before they kill (or want to kill). The fonts, design and coloring are just right too :)
Magical-Night Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
I've got a question: Where did you find the font "Yours Truely"? I have searched for it on the internet but could not find it anywere..
n0deal Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not a font, it was hand written and scanned.
frosty-011 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005   Photographer
i like it man ... like it lots

lajessica Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2005
stunning. i'm speechless.
Techytez Featured By Owner May 27, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is a brilliant piece, the quality is excelent!
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