In the last twenty-four hours the Swedish artist Lars Vilks has made big news headlines, thanks to a head-butt delivered to him yesterday afternoon by a disgruntled Muslim. While giving a seminar at Uppsala University, Mr. Vilks displayed video images that seemed to represent a gay Mohammed, and certain members of his audience took offense.
For further background on Lars Vilks and the Roundabout Dogs, see the Modoggie Archives.
Coincidentally, just before the head-butt story broke, Trykkefrihedsselskabet (the Danish Free Press Society) emailed us about their latest fund-raising initiative. Interested customers now have the opportunity to purchase their own signed and numbered reproduction of the infamous Modoggie that caused all this trouble in the first place.
Here’s the announcement from the Free Press Society:
Get your copy of Lars Vilks’ world-famous picture of Muhammad in the traffic circle — and support free speech
The revelation of Jihad Jane’s assassination plot against the Swedish artist Lars Vilks leaves no doubt that his life is threatened.
And for what? For having drawn a picture!
The picture that made the lunatics go berserk. Now you can own it.
Here is the real state of law and order throughout the West: If you write, say or draw anything the Islamic fanatics don’t like, they’ll come and kill you.
The list of writers, artists, publishers, gallery owners, and others that are being openly threatened with murder is long and getting longer by the day.
Deplorably, free spirits often lack the support of their professional colleagues and the mainstream media when they are being targeted
This was the case when a madman with an axe tried to kill Kurt Westergaard. Now we see a repetition with Lars Vilks.
The Free Press Society will do its utmost to defend anyone that is persecuted and tormented for exercising his or her right of free speech. That is why we have decided to print 1000 copies of Lars Vilks’ historic picture of the dog in the traffic circle and put them up for sale.
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This is a limited edition. The print run of 1000 will not be exceeded.
Vilks’ drawing is printed on high-quality and non-perishable paper. Each copy is individually numbered and signed by the artist.
Proceeds from the sale will exclusively go toward our defense of free speech.
Here is how to order:
Mail your name and complete postal address to email@example.com and indicate how many prints you wish to buy. Names of buyers will be kept strictly confidential. We will then send you an invoice for DKK (Danish kroner) 2000 per print ordered including sales tax where applicable plus a fee for shipping and handling of DKK 75. [As of post time, the approximate exchange rate for DKK 2075 is US $352.18, €278.90, and £237.52.]
Once your payment has been registered, we’ll send you the number of copies ordered — carefully packaged. Please allow for two weeks between payment and receipt of print.
We will, of course, replace damaged or lost copies.
But hurry. Our print of Kurt Westergaard’s drawing of “Muhammad with the bomb” last year was quickly sold out. Today Westergaard’s cartoon is fetching sums far in excess of our asking price.
If you are looking to buy a specifically numbered print between 1 and 1000 — and if you act expeditiously — we will do our best to accommodate you.
Trykkefrihedsselskabet (The Free Press Society)
Note: Gates of Vienna has no financial interest whatsoever in the sale of these prints. All proceeds from Modoggie sales go to support the work of Trykkefrihedsselskabet.