Normal History Vol. 481: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 34-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

I believe most artists want their art to speak for itself without it requiring extraneous explanation. Men seem more likely to grant themselves this creative freedom, whereas women seem to end up defending their artistic viability in terms of whether what we create should be called art at all. Look out! Maybe it’s a craft or, god forbid, a hobby. Maybe a man helped us with it! Definitely, before we advance to any secondary stage in The Arts, we’re going to be asked about gender. Something men are rarely subjected to.

“So tell us Mr. Dickswing,” the interviewer says. “What’s it like being a male artist?”

“Something To Be Said” from Sitting On Snaps (Matador, 1995) (download):