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Identity by kidd Identity by kidd
Please full-size to see the words in the left thumbprint.

This is a layout I am doing for an article on airport profiling. Basically the idea is that profiling may not be an efficient method of stopping crime as the point is to try and detect criminal intentions from physical attributes of a person. The text in the fingerprint dicusses that.

The thumbprint is mine. So are the words. I composed this with a black Crayola marker, my thumb, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Quark Xpress.

The text, so you don't strain your eyes:
Who we are is not determined by the physical. We do not identify ourselves by our physical bodies, but by our minds, some meta-physical essence inside. Ever since Renť Descartes 17th Century philosophy, humankind has separated the mind from the body. The Christians called it a soul. The Hindu called it an essence. It is our mind, our soul, our essence that truly defines us. It is then logical that we should be judged from inside out, by inner beauty or lack thereof instead of the color of our skin. The catch: minds and bodies are not split. It is a primal dissociation, but a physical impossibility. The question America now faces is not whether profiling is ethical, but if it is even effective. Profiling assumes that certain physical characteristics can directly correlate with internal motives. Is it really realistic to assume that physical traits can expose signs of a criminal mind within? And if America does begin to assume such a thing, doesnít associating the physical with the internal qualify as a justified type of racism? If profiling can be justified as a necessary security measure in airports, can it also be justified in the work place? Can an employer justify scrutinizing employees of a certain skin color more than other employees by saying that the security of their business is at stake? If profiling is acceptable in the airport, where else do the same ethics apply? Associating the internal with the external itself can fall into bias. A mindset which sees profiling not only as acceptable, but necessary, may also be susceptible to falling back into racism, sexism, classism, and countless other ismís America spent the past century trying to claw itís way out of. In the new millennium, is America willing to leap back into the biases it spent over a hundred years trying to escape from? The way the country handles security in its airports may serve as a prescendent for how it handles security for the next few centuries to come. Perhaps, after the wound that the World Trade Center attacks inflicted on Americaís sense of safety, it is comforting to believe that we will be able to see another attack before it hits. Perhaps there is some comfort in thinking that a criminal is visible by outward signs. We think of criminals in terms of physical manifestations in television shows and movies. We think of shifty eyes and evil grimaces. We think in terms of sunglasses, trenchcoats, and dark clothes. Perhaps America needs to believe that criminality is a visible characteristic that can be recognized before the crime in inflicted. Perhaps America needs to believe that profiling is effective.
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Given 2008-03-19
Thought-provoking and impressive, Identity, by `kidd, is an excellent example of words complimenting images and images complimenting words. ( Suggested by PoetryOD and Featured by GeneratingHype )
MYJJ-q Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
it is a simple concept yet very creative :clap:
well done! :judge:
Sphoric Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   Writer
I wouldn't be surprised to find this blown up on an exhibition wall.
DestyPuffari Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, cool : D
yellow-submarine7 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
I totally agree with you.
HARUKAkitsune Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
So thpught provoking and great message
WH1T3-N0153 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
One of the coolest things I've ever seen. :thumbsup:
BlueChocolatte Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
very impressive. wow i feel so fail now. hahaha amazing job!
VleraSpahija Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Fakin Amazing...
Im speechless...
purrr-of-the-moment Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010   General Artist
upstairs25 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
WOW!!! this is truly outstanding!!! i love it so much! i am a leader at my local youth momvment would you mind if i use this becuase it is so clear and clever and u love it so much! =]
kidd Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Sure, use away. Sorry about the belated response.
upstairs25 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
thanks! and dont worry its fine =)
shackell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student Writer
The Descarte quote, in full, goes something like "I doubt therefore I think. I think therefore I am." Not quite the catchcry for mental dualism, methinks, rather the doubt that permeates the uncertainties of modern culture.

I didn't think profiling of the sort that relates to physical characteristics carried any wait since phrenology was utterly debunked. Pyschological profiling, however...
olinaaaa Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
woooooow,very good!
kanankouae Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I admire your displays elements of original thinking...
kahlen369 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
now THIS is visual poetry!!!
greengo26 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Student Interface Designer
looks like there was lots of work here, u did a nice job :)
Masticarte Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
All is amazing
Great job <3!
Arlyn-Anari Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008   Photographer
Thoughtprovoking and I totally agree! Great job! :D
PoetryOD Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
I featured you!

In my article about 'the best of
the best' (click here to see).

Thank you for your artwork!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
rain-on-roses Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008   Writer
I know you alreasy have many pages of comments to compliment your piece, but I can't help but tell you that I totally agree. I love this piece.
yelirekim Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Stunning, I'm really impressed here :)
dehydromon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice concept.
frozenpandaman Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Student General Artist
theedunk Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
really2 great man...simple + great idea!!!
xStockMeUpx Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
Outstanding...really. :heart:
RiparianVeins Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Hobbyist
This is an amazing picture that, to me, carries an outlook that is well-justified by it's creator.
tatiworks Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool!
KalonWilde Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
Amazing idea. Good job! =)
Kirasilver Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Great application =)
deveerei Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

carlfrolund Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Amazing, hope you get as much attention as you deserve for this composition, not only at devART


PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008

Hello, I featured this beautiful piece
in my feature 'The Best Of Black and
'. Thanks for such gorgeous work!

=Flutterings x

Verlasse Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Student
i only can say one word: fantastic
mello-the-girl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
Smangii Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting indeed, great concept :+fav:
FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008  Professional Photographer

Such intricate work !
godprobe Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats on the DD! it's a great read, too!
carnarc Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Student
i love it, very good!
BLUEgarden Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
this is great :thumbsup:
carvingbackbone Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Student General Artist
wonderful work featured --> [link]
ohxxCITYlights Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Student
had to favorite. extremely thought-provoking. amazing job.
this is fantastic the craft and the concept go together perfectly and with an important message Kudos!
anarella Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Mind and body are one single totality. It can't be separated.
workstation Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
very beautiful..... you got a beautiful soul, mind and essence (:
FlyingFelix Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Wow. An amazing and thought-provoking piece of work! What does the rest of the caption say? It's a little hard to read.
El-ingenioso-act Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
a really good idea, but completely impossible for me to read. I kept getting lost and losing the start of the next line after i finished the last. still the concept is great.
AnnikaAstra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice...though I'm glad you printed out the text as well =) loving this
prime95 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
I don't think it is just America that has a bias towards one ethnicity or another in terms of its safety standards'. You should try going through the airports in Saudi Arabia as an American- for instance.
snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Really cool layout :nod:

Power in simplicity :#1:
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