Recently while reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Welcome To the Monkey House, I came across a quote from the late satirist HL Mencken, which resonated with me on a number of levels. I knew I wanted to make something with the quote, and had originally intended on just drawing up some fancy lettering.
“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”
Then a few days later while watching old episodes of Arrested Development (perhaps one of the most brilliant television shows ever, only to be canceled midway during it’s third season) it occurred to me that Jersey Shore, which just signed on for a 4th season, will have had a more successful run than Arrested Development. As a creative thinker, this pandering to the lowest common denominator is the type of thing that makes my blood boil. So I ditched my previous idea and in turn drew myself a Snooki.