Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Natural Enemies

In the last post started with a Baby Duck. Today we start bigger, and arguably better, with Baby Elephant. He is, of course, Baby Ducks greatest enemy. Baby Elephant is the good guy, though. Baby Duck is horrible, horrible, horrible.



Last night I started reading a book called Making Money by Jason Kersten. The book chronicles the true story of Art Williams, a counterfeiter who “broke” the 1996 hundred dollar bill which, at the time, was the most advanced and hard to reproduce bill ever made. It’s a dramatic and true tale of high and low crime. I've only read half of the book so far, but that was in one sitting, so I can pretty confidently recommend it.

I always find stories of forgery and counterfeiting interesting. Maybe dangerously so, because I’m actually inspired by the level of craftsmanship and art that can go into creating the fakes. Making Money is every bit as fascinating as The Forger’s Spell, which I’ve mentioned here before. We all love a good caper.

10 comments:

Ry Guy said...

First it was robbing the pogo stick store. Now you're on to counterfeiting and forgery. I wonder how long it will be before you drop the facade that this is an art blog and focus on your true passion: love of crime.

Maybe you should just delete this “Art and Adventure” blog altogether and start a new blog called “Crime is the True Path to Riches.”

Ben Hatke said...

Hey now! All my best role models were criminals!

Robin hood, Malcolm Reynolds, The Riddler...

Andi said...

Awesome! Absolutely love elephants. :)

(And the book sounds interesting as well.)

J. Jackson said...

Hey Ben, have you read "The Great Escape" by Paul Brickhill? There's some great stories of forgery in there (morally justifiable too, since they were trying to escape from a Nazi prison camp).

Tim said...

Just for the record, Baby Duck is just a soldier for Baby Mouse and his expansive Baby Elephant hating syndicate.

Ben Hatke said...

Ooohh! Don't get me started on Baby Mouse!!

Thanks for the reccomendation Jackson! Maybe The Great Escape wil be next on my crime spree! I mean READING SPREE!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

I remember a story from college about a man who had to prove he was the forger that everyone was after, in order to avoid a murder rap or something. The jury didn't believe him so he had to do a painting demonstration in the court room. I think that's how the story went, but I can't even remember his name.

ever heard of that one? Great elephant btw!!

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Ben Hatke said...

Come on, dude. Romance languages only, okay?

Thanks Anthony! I'm not sure about the story you're talking about. I know Hans Van Meegren, who forged a bunch of Vermeers in the 40s had to do a painting. But i'm pretty sure it wasn't to avoid a murder charge!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

That was probably him, and I'm sure I got it all wrong. Now I'm encouraged to try my luck as a writer in Hollywood!