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how’s this for “going viral” tao lin?

i feel that tao lin’s viral hamster is kind of retarded.

does this help tao lin’s popularity / gimmick / talent rating at all?

i feel like if i drew a pink/blue hamster in ms paint and tried to distribute it across the interwebs someone would feel that i was retarded or say this directly. its kind of good though, that the people who exist on the internet can be mean / honest like this.

retarded things should be called retarded and brilliant things should be called brilliant.

perhaps art history classes will be studying tao lin’s viral hamster in 20 or 100 years and saying that people across the internet called him retarded but they only said this because they were incapable of understanding his advanced artistic talents.

or whatever.

i hope people don’t say things like that in 20 or 100 years.



  1. bearfish
    Posted 23 June 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    seems like there is no inherently ‘brilliant’ or ‘retarded’ art. this drawing ‘speaks to me’. i hope it goes viral.

  2. Thomas Patrick Levy
    Posted 23 June 2009 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    seems like its pretty ‘awesome’ to put ‘everything’ in ‘sweet’ single ‘quotes.’

  3. Posted 23 June 2009 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    What I wonder in all this is not so much when art begins as when, if ever, self-promotion ends. It’s still an mspaint in a particular style–shall we call it hipster folk art–? and more importantly you participated, thus giving the piece legs and informing its original thesis as a viral art piece. What seems unique to me about this is that it’s really the new way of Doing Art–i.e. ‘look at this, tell me if it’s retarded or great, pass it on to another voice’ that makes it a sort of mutual experiment–one where the signature, the self-promoting information, is quite clear.

    Unfortunately Tao Lin’s probably not going to put in the effort to really stalk his own piece beyond his own clique and find out whether those around him find it retarded or amazing.
    Or, as in the case of most ‘hipster folk art’, retardedly amazing or amazingly retarded.

  4. Posted 23 June 2009 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I dunno I kinda like that pink/blue hamster.

  5. Posted 24 June 2009 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    It should also be noted, Tom, that I relinked it. For whatever that’s worth–

  6. Thomas Patrick Levy
    Posted 24 June 2009 at 9:07 am | Permalink


  7. Posted 1 July 2009 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    it’s all about the benjamins

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