Today, another painting by New York City artist TMNK, The Me Nobody Knows.
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TOMORROW - by TMNK-The Me Nobody Knows - used by permission of the artist. Contact TMNK here before reprinting.
mixed media on stretched canvas (approx 18" x 24")
"Tomorrow, and the hope it brings seems somewhat closer than it had in the past as the result of Barack Obama's candidacy. I'm not so naive as to believe that Obama is the "Great Black Hope," our political messiah. But whether he wins or loses, I am more hopeful than ever that my children will be valued for their contributions, and what's inside of them. A Black man elected as President of The United States? I never thought it could happen in my lifetime, yet it might happen Tomorrow. Growing up, I could not play basketball at the local park in Glen Ridge, NJ (residents only - wink), but I'm hopeful that Tomorrow, if my son and his best friend rode their bikes there, like Odell and I once did, they'll be able to play together (without the police telling them that they have to leave, cause they aren't residents? - How did they know?).
I've never voted in a presidential election before (didn't really care), but I will Tomorrow. I didn't think there was much a "nobody" like me could do to make my community a better place to live, but today I know differently. I don't listen to politicians. Yet I heard Obama when he said "Together, Ordinary People Can Do Extraordinary things, " and I believed him. Tomorrow, Malcom Rolling, Patrick, AxelEarth, No LOVE, Michael Littlejohn, and perhaps the diverse student body of WOHS will have brighter future because of a nobody like me. And America is better today, than it was yesterday because a little boy called "Barry" grew up to be a man called Obama, who inspired hope for tomorrow. TOMORROW"
TMNK - The Me Nobody Knows