Loose Lips

This expression has always cracked me up:


“Loose Lips,” 4 x 6 inches, pen and ink, available in my shop

It’s just so threatening, yet indirect and poetic! Can’t you imagine being in some dark smoky bar in the 1940s wearing a trench coat, when a man in another trench coat comes by and whispers this in your ear, in a quiet yet threatening manner? Nowadays we would just say “shut your mouth.” I think the original phrase was “loose ships might sink ships,” but that silly little middle word kind of messes with the rhyme.

This is the third drawing in my series of body related idiomatic expressions. Click the link above to see all three in a flickr set.

In other news: I will be selling at Music Fest tomorrow, Saturday June 27 from 3-9 pm in Cesar Chavez Plaza, Sacramento. Should be fun, although hot hot hot—it’s supposed to get up to 104 degrees, and I’m trying to will it not to get that hot by complaining to everyone I know.


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