The Jetsons are coming to the Burgh.

This is an artist’s rendering of how a new mural, to be painted by 30 year old South Side Artist Brian Holderman (see here and here and here for a photo), will look after it is done on the garage at Smithfield/Liberty.

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The artist was a bit confused … and I’ll bet offended … when a comparison was made to the Jetsons. He said:

“The Jetsons?” Mr. Holderman said, when the analogy came up at the Pittsburgh Parking Authority’s board meeting. “When was the last time you saw that cartoon?”

Dude? The question is not when is the last time I saw the Jetsons cartoon (the answer is I have NEVER watched the Jetsons); the question is when is the last time YOU saw the Jetsons cartoon because buddy? That mural screamed Jetsons so loudly to me my ears are like totally ringing a little bit right now, and keep in mind I’ve never seen the Jetsons cartoon on TV and even before I read the article I said, “That looks like the city where the Jetsons live!”

Be offended all you want that someone has compared your original artistry to a mainstream pop culture cartoon like the Jetsons, but there is nothing new under the sun, and you my friend have painted the Jetsons.

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But hey … it’s a totally original color scheme. Good on you for that.

Dude, if you want to be REALLY original, I’ve got one word for you … eyeballs. We just don’t have enough of those in the city.


  1. Awesome Comet
    July 21, 2006 3:25 pm

    Dude, we can’t even get a subway that heads to Oakland, and busses that run past 10:00 PM. This jagoff artist needs to taunt us with Zepplin service between multiple space needles? I think a Flinstones mural would have been more appropriate.

  2. pittgirl
    July 21, 2006 3:39 pm

    Yes, but we can get Segways and Hydrobikes.

  3. Awesome Comet
    July 21, 2006 4:06 pm

    In the bizzare vehicle department, don’t forget the WWII era Ducky Boats that barrel through the streets of downtown AND navigate our mighty rivers. I always thought it was hysterical when passengers had no idea the Ducks they were on were really, seriously boats, until we careened headlong off the cement walkway …

  4. Barrister Jubril
    July 21, 2006 7:57 pm

    I kinda like it, but the design is totally ’50s retro, Jetsons-esque. And what, I ask, is wrong with that? Only that this snob completely disavows it.

  5. Lino Gunn
    July 21, 2006 10:29 pm

    I think the Dusty Rose and the Soft Mauve-ish scheme fits nicely with our colorful, forward thinking Burgh outlook. Oh, by the way, does Brian do interiors?