Drawing the right wing with a left wing brush

An Aug. 3 entry details pressure placed on Mittle to please Rash Limbach. “Men like Rash Limbach will tell you to get down on your knees and lick his sucker,” Palmer writes. “It’s called performing ‘ditto head’. ... The new conservatives told Mittle to lick the all day Rash Limbach sucker till his moderately conservative face died.”

An Aug. 16 entry shows a weeping Pullet Hawk— tenderly painted in shades of green and blue, I might add— and describes the veep pick’s despair at being forced to discontinue “literary necrophilia” with Ayn Rand.

Satire doesn’t usually make people angry, or make them laugh, unless it hits the mark. If I were a conservative, Palmer’s blog would make my blood boil.

He describes the project as “drawing the right wing with a left wing brush.”

A selection of Roger Palmer’s drawings and texts from Feral Ink will be on display at The Elephant in the Room, an exhibition co-organized by Tempus Projects and Creative Loafing. Fri., Aug., 24-Aug. 31, with an opening reception on Sat., Aug. 25, 7-10 p.m., CL Space, 1911 N 13th St, Tampa, 813-739-4800.

  • Roger Palmer's portrait of Pullet Hawk, courtesy feralink.com

One of Tampa Bay’s finest wielders of ink and brush is taking on the Republican establishment. Since January, sublime cartoons of right wing personalities by artist Roger Palmer (winner of 2007 Best of the Bay “Best in Drawing”), thinly veiled as fictional characters, have been attracting a growing audience to his blog, Feral Ink.

Figures including Mitt Romney (dubbed “Mittle Me” by Palmer), Paul Ryan (“Pullet Hawk”) and Rush Limbaugh (“Rash Limbach”) populate the blog. Alongside ferociously primitive portraits of them, Palmer posts satirical texts describing their misadventures, dabbling freely in sexual and scatological humor to poke fun at politics.

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