Planet of the Apes painting by Jason Edmiston

I'm old school when it comes to Planet of the Apes. If they aren't wearing tunics or padded vests, I'm not interested. That's why this painting, entitled "Trophies" -- which depicts a trio of proud gorilla hunters posing over a pile of Boing Boing comment trolls -- is a winner in my book. This masterpiece is by Jason Edmiston. See more of Jason's work here.


  1. While I am not a fan of their actions, I do have to admit the Oakland police have some pretty cool uniforms.

  2. If I’m not mistaken, this is inspired by a shot in the original film, where in the aftermath of the hunt, a trio of apes is shown having their photo taken by another.

    “Smile!” says the photographer. 

  3. They are pretty buff for what I imagine most comment trolls to look like.

    Bloodless kills?  Come on, all hunters love their gore.

    1. ‘all hunters love their gore.’

      Nah. You ruin the pelt that way. Plus it’s a show of skill that you can kill them without dismembering the body.

  4. I initially assumed this painting was based on a picture of private security contractors yukking it up in Iraq.

    Then I felt sad for expecting that.

  5. Uh oh.  Those comment trolls look a lot like me.  Except for the lack of body hair.

    (looks over shoulder)

  6. I love the artwork.  One ape should have his foot up on top of a kill, signifying his superior presence.  ahhh ohh ohh. agh.

  7. The artist lost some major irony points there.  One the things I find most baffling about the “successful hunt” photos is when the hunter, kneeling by his prize, cradles the head of the dead animal so that it squarely face the camera.  The juxtaposition of the hunters face– sometimes sullen, sometimes beaming with pride– and the animal’s– often eyes askew, tongue extended– can be very jarring.  You can destroy something beautiful.  Good for you!

  8. “When the LORD your God hands it over to you, KILL EVERY MAN in the town.  But you may KEEP for yourselves all the women, CHILDREN ,.., and other PLUNDER.    You may ENJOY the SPOILS of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.”  Deuteronomy 20:10-14

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