Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Wine Effect: OMG... shocking how wine makes me feel... A Pop-Art meme

The Wine Effect: 

OMG... shocking how wine makes me feel... 

A Pop-Art meme

The Wine Effect - "OMG... shocking how wine makes me feel..."
- Speech balloon by ©LeDomduVin 2017-2019

The Wine Effect "OMG... shocking how wine makes me feel... so good... I nearly forgot my date... Oh well... He will wait..." by ©LeDomduVin 2019

I love this meme and would like to dedicate it to all the women in the world.  

I created it, back 2 years ago, with special thoughts for all the women in the world who enjoy having this special type of moment for themselves: drinking wine (or anything else that you would want to put in your glass), while totally forgetting about their date (male or female alike, but more men I think...😊)... isn't it great? I think it is...

Just think of it, that specific moment when (and where) nothing else counts, just you and the wine (or whatever else you are drinking), and the whole world could crumble and disappear, you wouldn't even care.    

I call that "The Wine Effect"!  Yes, wine has this kind of effect on people, more especially after a long, stressful day at work or anywhere else or for whatever reasons you did not feel great about that day... 

Who does not like to occasionally have this kind of selfish moment (only for yourself and for yourself only)? When, for a few blissful minutes (or longer), while sipping wine (or another one of your favorite drink), you completely forget about everyone and everything, relax your body and mind, take it easy, and think about absolutely nothing else than how satisfying this moment is, not being disturbed by anyone or anything, and how pleasurable this wine (your drink) is on that very particular moment. Don't you? I do... I absolutely do very much indeed love this kind of moment...

And, to really express how I feel about this kind of forgetful moments, I often even apply (to these specific moments), the quote of "The Merovingian" (Lambert Wilson), in "The Matrix Reloaded", when he says: 

"Château Haut-Brion 1959. Magnificent wine. I love French wine like I love the French language. I have sampled every language, French is my favorite. Fantastic language. Especially to curse with: Nom de dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperie de connard d'enculé de ta mère. It's like wiping your arse with silk. I love it." (*)

"Nom de dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperie de connard d'enculé de ta mère."  
- The Merovingian

I will not translate this quote, as it sounds so much better and classier in French, (while it would be totally and dreadfully vulgar in English), yet, this is exactly how I feel about this type of forgetful and blissful rare moments of pure joy, self-gratitude, and rewarding selfish satisfaction.....  (more especially with Château Haut-Brion 1959 in my glass preferably...😋🍷)

Consequently, and because I believe that women need these moments much more than men, I would like to dedicate this "meme" to all of you, Ladies of the world, as I'm certain you perfectly understand what I'm saying and trying to convey with this "meme"...  

I dedicate this meme to you ladies, because, in my opinion, you deserve these selfish, blissful, and forgetful moments, more especially due to the fact that, as women, in general, you experience significantly higher levels of stress than men on a daily basis, due to being more involved in your relationship, in your job, in caregiving to your children and/or caring for the daily needs of your family and elders too.  

But also because, women are often juggling between jobs and family responsibilities, as well as suffering from and/or being the victim of fatigue, anxiety, stress, fear, depression, and other unpleasant psychological emotions and/or physical consequences, due to constant annoyance, indifference, discrimination, abuse, harassment, verbal and/or physical violence, and other unpleasant things at work, at home, in the street and many other public places). 

Therefore, the need for this kind of moment applies to you Ladies, more than us as men, I believe... 
(I'm surely making some enemies once again by saying such things....) 

And don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about drinking to forget, I'm just talking about this blissful and forgetful moment, when occasionally, you have this opportunity to relax with a glass of wine or champagne, a Gin & Tonic, (or whatever else pleases you on that moment), and can forget everything else for a few minutes (or longer) and enjoy yourself, for yourself and by yourself.  

Yes, that particular moment when you can kick out your shoes, switch off your phone and switch off the rest of the world too, as, you know, you don't want to be and won't be disturbed (at least for a little while). And, the only thing you want is to do what you really feel like doing for yourself and by yourself, for yourself only, whatever that is... I'll leave it to your imagination, just enjoy the moment and more importantly enjoy yourself.    

Go on, just let yourself go, allow yourself not to think for a moment, to disappear in your own world for a while, and enjoy this heavenly moment of selfish blissfulness. Feels good, isn't it? Enjoy, it's yours.  

Take good care of yourselves ladies and take some moments for yourself.  


Now, for those who are interested, let's go back to the "meme"...

I found this "comics-like" picture/drawing of a woman holding a glass of wine, about 2 years ago on the internet, and loved it right away. At first glance, probably like most people, I thought that it was a drawing by Roy Lichtenstein, but then I realized that maybe not after all, as I could not find any reference about this specific drawing associated with his name.

I downloaded it on my cellphone and immediately created a "meme" by adding the speech balloon (or speech bubble, as I prefer to call it) and wrote the text into it, which, surprisingly enough, came to me pretty much instinctively seconds after looking at this picture for the first time. Instant inspiration.  I gave this meme the most obvious title that came to my mind: "The Wine Effect"   

Some people who have seen the first version of this "meme" that I first posted on Facebook and Instagram back in June 2017, had to "pardon my French" because the first version of the text contained spelling and grammatical mistakes, and it read as follow:

The Wine Effect - "OMG... chocking how wine makes me feel..." -
Speech balloon by ©LeDomduVin 2017

"OMG... chocking how wine makes me feel... so good... I nearly forget my date... Oh well... He will wait..." by ©LeDomduVin 2017

It is in fact, only 2 years later, in February 2019, after re-posting this incorrect "meme" on Facebook and Instagram for Valentine's Day, that a very helpful lady was nice enough to write a comment below the post (on Instagram I believe... or was it on Facebook...I do not remember anymore) to tell me that she loved the post, but, more specifically, to point out the fact that it contained spelling and grammatical mistakes: "chocking" instead of "shocking", and "forget" instead of "forgot". (.... how embarrassing.... yet, I'm French (naturalized American, yes, but still French too), so I have an excuse.... 😊)

NB: Note that it took 2 years for someone to let me know I made some mistakes; sadly, it shows you how low and to which degree the level of acceptance for spelling and grammatical mistakes in written English has become over the last 10 years... 

I immediately corrected the speech bubble and reposted the "meme", the corrected one this time, (refer to the first picture above posted in February 2019), which made me feel much better and looked so much better too. 

The strange thing is that, during these 2 years (between 2017-2019), as I still wanted to try to find who drew this "Lichtenstein-like" comic/drawing, and while doing some research, not only I was unable to find anything about the artist (and still not yet to this day), but also, I could not find anymore the original picture that I downloaded to create the "meme" in the first place. It is as if it disappeared from the internet, and of course, I cannot retrieve the website from which I downloaded the picture either. The only one I could find and constantly reappearing (probably due to the interest it generated and the increasing number of clicks on it) was my incorrect "meme"...

So, I just wrote this post on my wine blog for 2 main reasons: 

The first one was to be able to share with you the little story behind this "meme" that I created and love, and which represents (in my opinion) the perfect Valentine's Day post... Men, you have been warned, this meme is a subliminal message, basically saying that "Ladies love their wine better than you and you are totally forgettable" (there, here it is, I have said it.... and frankly that's not surprising.... not sure if I'm gonna make me some friends by saying things like this....😇) 

The second reason is that I'm still searching for the author/artist who drew this comic to credit him or her for the drawing and say thank you for this very inspiring drawing too. So, if any of you reading this post have any info/clues/ideas about the author/artist of this drawing, it would be very nice of you if you could please let me know by writing a comment below this post. I will really appreciate it. 

Thanks in advance for helping me in my search for the artist/author of this drawing. 

And don't get me wrong, this Pop-Art comic-book-like drawing could be a Roy Lichtenstein, but so far I have not found any clue or info that would confirm it. 

And at the end of the day, Roy Lichtenstein is surely THE most famous artist who used this type of comic-book-like drawing style during the Pop-Art era in the 1950s and more especially the 1960s, but he was not the only one. Remember that a lot of American comic book artists and authors started drawing like this as early as the mid-1930s. Like Marvel was founded back in 1939 for example, way before Roy Lichtenstein.    

Nevertheless, I'm a huge fan of Roy Lichtenstein's works. To me, he represents and remains an icon, or should I say a beacon of the Pop-Art era, along with famous artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist. 

And Roy's comic-book-style drawings are true masterpieces that have inspired countless other artists who have been drawing with the same style ever since. Therefore, this drawing could have been made much more recently. Not sure, and I still don't know.... but maybe you do know, do you? 

That's all folks for today, please let me know if you know the name of the author/artist who did the drawing of my "meme", and in the meantime "Love Pop-Art!!!"

Santé! Cheers!

LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noël) 

(*) I just wanted to correct a global misconception, Lambert Wilson (as "The Merovingian" in "The Matrix Reloaded") at the end of the quote cited above, does not say: "d'enculer ta mère" (like in most websites on the internet where you can find this particular quote), but, (and you can distinctively hear it when you pay attention to it in the video above), instead, he says: "d'enculé de ta mère", which is still as vulgar in French, but has a totally different meaning, which does not involve "ta mère" ("your mother") the same way and does not imply the same thing.... a very important point in my opinion (as I really believe they will not have authorized the former to be said in such a popular and large audience-oriented movie). And no, I still won't translate it...  😁👍 

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