The Work of Art in the Age of Microsoft Paint

This article is a re-formatted extract fromย Issue #1: Birth, which you can read more aboutย here.

As Microsoft throws Paint into the digital wasteland with the rest of the internetโ€™s abandonware, itโ€™s hard not to get nostalgic about the simple graphical editor that influenced the โ€œshit is goodโ€ aesthetic of the early 2000s internet. Its influence on internet culture is huge, with obvious examples being rage comics, stoner comics, and any image macro with awkwardly superimposed text and graphics.

Digital art that looked like shit started out as a necessity, yet slowly became a preference. Even todayโ€™s memes hark back to the days where the best material was thrown together on Paint in a matter of minutes.…   [continue reading]