Follow James Matthew: We’re working on an interview about The Work of Douglas Miles that’s gonna be posted via his blog. He had a gang of questions that I’m working on still. Sit tight and listen to Nile Rodgers kids.
Artist, Douglas Miles Photographed by Eriberto Oriol in East Los Angeles at the infamous Self Help Graphics.
In odd ironic observational graphic homage to Joy Division , Apache (Skateboards) and the colonization of Indian People via the reservation system, I created this shirt graphic ” Rez Will Tear Us Apart”. We still raid, counting coup on popular culture because we can. We love music too.
Eriberto Oriol and Angelica-Gonzalez Oriol from Los Angeles. Eriberto is a prolific photographer now working on his fine art. Her family is from Arizona so when they visited here, I was able to spend time and photograph them (with my art on a wooden box).
As the most popular actor in America plays a #native stereotype in #redface as #Tonto in #theloneranger he signals to performers on the American Pop Culture landscape that clowning, buffoonery and dehumanizing of Native People is okay and appropriate. It is NOT okay. Any stereotyping of any culture creates a two dimensional and shallow look at real human beings thus dehumanizing and demeaning a whole culture via filmic clowning and caricature.
#JohnnyDepp in The Lone Ranger, resurrects an archaic #Native #Stereotype , #Tonto ( Tonto: def.: stupid, fool, in Spanish ) via the filmic formula of the Western. Westerns for decades were viewed as pop culture pseudo-historical fact(s) of how the “brave settlers battled savage Indians” for supremacy. These films eventually justified the takeover and subjugation of Indian People and lands. In the character of Tonto we have the remains of the old stereotype: trusty subservient Native sidekick back from the Hollywood dead. It reminds us all how far we’ve come. It reminds us also how far backwards Hollywood has stepped in eradicating Native stereotypes.
Hollywood via Disney has brought the worm-eaten rotting corpse of filmic stereotype and racism to life giving us societal creeps, and its working and has set Natives in media back about 50 years.
An Apache Man and his niece at the San Carlos Cafe in AZ. Chesley Wilson is a actor and an Apache Artist from Bylas, AZ. His niece is Lindsay and she is a model. I’m glad I got to see them.
ON the Rez, these kids may be struggling hard and broke, but these kids stay woke.
Dear Institutional Racism:
I don’t want to be your tragic, heroic Indian anymore.
A Douglas Miles original design/drawing/graphic I did for a skate event in Santa Fe NM in 2010 called ” Skateploitation III”. It was used on the official tee shirt. It’s nice to see its gotten over 600 shares, likes, notes here on Tumblr. I’ll probably reprint it and open a webstore soon.
Titled: ” Love Is A Losing Game”
Douglas Miles at Apache Skateboards tellin it like it is.
This was screen capped and shared via our APACHE Skateboards FB Fan Page. I post there pretty regularly.
I came up with the 5-6 steps and ways dominant culture basically steals, hi-jacks and appropriates our culture right under our noses and often with our permission. THEY have convinced us first that we are “losing our culture” and the move in with solutions benefitting them first, us second.
…The list goes on…