Friday, 26 November 2010

Yakkety-Yak - Yak Attack!

The Face, The Hoff, The Edge, The Stig... Seems like the good old days, when heroes were enigmatic and names were short, are well and truly back at AFC Wimbledon. The close season signing of ('Call me..') Ismail ('The Yak') Yakubu, the man with possibly the most confusing set of nicknames in non-league football, seems to have sent Fleydon ('The Flag') into something of a tail-spin. Formerly reluctant to the point of belligerence in his refusal to mention players on his flags, Fleydon has recently completed an amazing volte-face and now counts Antony Howard (1 flag), Sam Hatton (1 flag), Danny Kedwell (2 Flags) and Ismail Yakubu (1 flag) amongst those immortalised on canvas.

Intrigued at this recent development, The Art & Artist Review investigated further and with the assistance of Glen (Trigger) Mulcaire (TheTrig) managed to discover some startling information regarding the artistic direction taken by the artist known as The Fley
(nb This may, or may not, be a picture of the artist himself. More reclusive than Banksie, The Fley is a hard man to pin down...)

Fleydon's latest offering to the Tempest End Society of Art Critics appears slightly bewildering at first. However text and voicemail messages that have come into our possession between Fleydon and his agent Miranda 'Vampira' Campowski  which throws light on the shady underworld of Terrace Art.

Although ostensibly an homage  to the talents of Manchester City striker Shaun Goater and his biography 'Feed the Goat'  this particular flag is apparently nothing more than an attempt to appeal to the vanity (and the wallet) of player himself. Anticipating a return to League football Fleydon seems to have abandoned all claims of artistic integrity and now seems to be determined to flatter his 'subject' in the hope of a swift financial return, hoping no doubt, that the increased revenue flooding into the club from both the Magic Minute and the iDons franchises are fuelling the players wage packets beyond their wildest imaginings. In this respect he reminds us of erstwhile surrealist and money machine Salvador Dali. We can only hope that Fleydon sees the error of his ways and reverts to less commercial activities in future. And to Mr Ismail Yakubu we at The Art & Artist Review can only say "Keep your hand in your pocket. Flattery is worthless and it's not even a very good Yak. You can get better for less."