Three years ago, after spending months alone in the Oregon wilderness, my friend Kent C visited San Francisco and gave me this book about Sasquatch:
The book attempts to set the record straight about unclassified bipedal forest mammals. On the eleventh page of the book there is an exercise where the reader is asked to "finish the art" and give Sasquatch a proper face:
I sent this page to a handful of friends and asked them to send in their interpretations.
The first response is my own. I made a pencil drawing of an adolescent Sasquatch in the mid-1980s. He's just grown his first mustache, and although it makes him look older, he still feels awkward at the high school dance.
Laura P, a Montana native, envisioned a transgendered Sasquatch wandering in the wilderness of her home state.
Carl W watches a lot of television. He contrasted the myth of Sasquatch with images of Phil Spector, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Rod "He Hate Me" Smart from the defunct XFL football league. I asked Carl if he was comparing the XFL to Iranian Democracy and he said that was an oversimplified way of looking at it.
Teresa U followed the numbered instructions to create the Big Foot face, but she broke with convention and added her own spicy rainbow colors.
Julia W figured it would be a lot easier to use a popular, pre-existing Sasquatch face than go through all the trouble of creating a new one from scratch.
Seth L used bubble wrap and magazine cut-outs to create a happy, tap-dancing Sasquatch. He made this at work and no one found out!
Peter F created a Shatner-squatch.
Anna U drew an adult, red-haired Sasquatch with braces and head gear. She was partially inspired by her memories of the Sally Jesse Raphael Show.
Alright, we're down to the end. No offense to the first eight, but these next two are clearly in a class of their own.
Eric U (no relation) not only finished the Sasquatch face, but he created an entire Fall fashion catalogue around the creature's distinctive brown tones. For less than $25, you can purchase a hand-tailored polo that looks just like Big Foot's skin and fur. You can wear the walnut-brain to work and pull on the feces for a trip to the driving range. These colors are right for any occasion!
Eric is a graphic designer and painter living in San Francisco. This is his first submission to A Quiet Moment Amongst Friends.
And finally, Jake C, the professional cartographer, came through big-time with an incredible transit map.
To fully appreciate the map, you need to click on the image and view the full-size version. You'll find that it's surprisingly easy to travel from Sinussia to Chinwick. Jake made a few iterations to the map over the last two weeks. His latest version added a much-needed express line linking the Commerce District to the Quarry. Unless you're commuting to Owlwood, you don't need a car in Squatchia.
Wow. So many amazing interpretations of Sasquatch's face! I'm still accepting submissions. If you're inspired, send your finished Sasquatch faces to firstname.lastname@example.org.