This is the 800th post. To celebrate it, I've decided resuscitate one of Self Vs. Self's earliest innovations: the free, downloadable, 'unlimited edition' print.I've always credited the late Robert Graham, the Mexican-American sculptor and husband of actress Anjelica Huston, with this idea. He came up with it in the late '90s when he offered a few simple, black and white, nude study drawings as free downloads from an early iteration of his web site. I refined the idea, six years later, by creating works specifically as online 'unlimited editions', distributed under a limited Creative Commons license. I also offered to sign prints sent to my studio (provided they were accompanied by a self-addressed envelope).To celebrate this latest milestone in my blog's ongoing four-and-a-half year adventure, I'm offering three downloadable 'unlimited edition' images (pictured above). Think of them as either a choice or a triptych. They are from a recent series of diaristic pen-and-ink drawings that describe, in pared-down but explicit line-work, intense sexual encounters wthin which 'normal' genderal roles are obscured or transgressed and a hunger for more sensation veers towards violence. I can't help but see the drawings as fragments of a horror story: sex as it might be for predatory, devouring zombies – sex as it has been for me. I've called the series, which includes more than 20 drawings, The Flesh Eaters.
Each of the images can be downloaded separately, in high resolution, here. They can be printed, reproduced or re-distributed for non-commercial purposes in any medium, providing the limitations of my Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license are respected.