Here is the final version of Atomic Joe and I am really happy with how this turned out. I came up with the idea of creating a demonic being to represent man’s constant blindness and idiocy towards his own foibles when dealing with forces that are intolerant of such things after watching this documentary on the Chernobyl Accident.
The number of errors due to pride, arrogance, greed, etc. that created this accident are staggering. While the Three Mile Island and Fukushima Diiachi accidents were different, they all share one similar trait, a failure of imagination. In other word, the inability to comprehend and plan for all the natural and man made disasters that could create catastrophic reactor conditions. Not only do we have to deal with the results of and continued dangers presented by Nuclear Power, we also have to face the dangers created by making Nuclear Power a business where cost/benefit ratios and bottom lines become more important than safety. Businessman play Russian Roulette with societies safety just to make more profit. How many times have manufacturing accidents, disasters, or toxic spills occurred because someone was trying to save money where they shouldn’t have? With Nuclear Power, the costs are even higher since the radiation can last for centuries. So remember that whenever you leave a light on or waste energy. Atomic Joe is always lurking in the background to give you a real good radiation tan. Bones.
P.S. If you look, you will find the names Chernobyl, Fukushima Diiachi, and Three Mile Island in the painting.