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This image is a digital illustration using a Checker Cab as the canvas, the one time iconic symbol of the taxis of New York City.

The city, beyond the bright lights has a reputation for being a dark, dirty and a crime ridden place that is falling apart. That reputation might be well founded when one considers some of the dangerous boroughs that make up the city and the many crimes that take place there.

I did my best to convey that theme in this illustration of "Gotham" its checkered past and present. I guess I was in a New York state of mind when I created it.

Gotham is a nickname given to New York City, familiar from the Batman Comics and movies.

Though we tend to think of "Gotham" as a dark, brooding city constantly on the brink of destruction, the term dates back to medieval England. It means "Goat's town" - which couldn't be further than how we think of New York City today.

There is a story that tells of the sleepy little village in Nottinghamshire by the name of Gotham where in medieval England, the people there pretended to be crazy so that the King might avoid travelling through their quite village and turn it into a circus and chaos, and apparently it worked.

In 1807, Washington Irving started using the term in satire, to poke fun at the city and its residents by comparing it to a village where people pretended to be crazy. New Yorkers embraced the moniker, either not aware that Irving was mocking them, or out of pride for being considered craftily crazy.

The image is offered here as a 45.72x30.48 cm image but I am happy to provide pricing for larger sizes upon request.

The image is printed on pro luster paper.

Materials used:

Photoshop CC, Wacom Tablet, Archival Quality Paper

GOTHAM - A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND (2014)

$195

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This artwork is sold by Stephen Slack from Canada

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