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Art Not Meant for the Gutter But the Toilet
By QB History Buff
More than one person in this universe has a magazine rack or stack of newspapers or even books in their bathroom at home. But when your bowel movements are frustrating you in a public restroom and you know you'll be sitting for a while, you might not get so lucky with having available reading material. Unless, of course, you're sitting on a throne at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia.
"A Head of Its Time," a new exhibition that opened on November 8th, features pirate cartoons by local artist Walt Taylor. Priscilla Hauger, Director of Exhibitions was influenced by the drawings of British artist David Antram, the illustrator of the children's book series, You Wouldn't Want to..., which teaches kids about the inconveniences of everyday living in other time periods.
Taylor, the political cartoonist for The Virginian-Pilot has collaborated with the museum and historians to make comics all about the olden days of seamen and how they made do with limited resources. Ever wonder what seamen did with no toilet paper on hand? The comics teaches you just how they wiped their booties. You can even wipe your own booty while reading these panels. After all, "A Head of Its Time" is posted on the restroom walls, over urinals, and yes, on stall doors.
This exhibition might be a good distraction from thinking of how you need more fiber in your diet. And who doesn't like tales of the sea?