A Dayton artist is causing chuckles and turning stomachs with his controversial new T-shirt, which features a flood of poo running down Dayton streets.
Bryan Brady recently released a T-shirt of the Devil and Death defecating on the city in a scene inspired by the Great Flood of 1913.
A limited number of the shirts are available for sale at ViolentVomit, Brady’s Etsy shop. The T-shirts are $20 each.
The Dayton resident said the shirt is not meant to be overly political, but he conceived it after seeing a news story on NBC that declared Montgomery County number one in the nation in overdose deaths.
That declaration, echoed on NBC by Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, has been called into question.
Brady, who specializes in horror humor, said the ranking saddens him and he feels for those addicted to heroin and their families.
“It is just terrible to be highlighted for that,” he said. “It's hurtful.”
Brady said he first posted a picture of the drawing on Instagram and Facebook. He decided to have it printed on T-shirts after there was a demand for them.
The NBC story and the feeling that the city is battered by the drug epidemic were inspirations, but Brady said that is not the only reason he drew the image on the shirt.
He said it is funny and gross, and how many sometime feel about life here.
“Most of the stuff I draw is nasty,” Brady said. “We feel like there is a big looming devil, i.e. death, taking a big dump on it (the city).”
Brady, who recently earned his GED and will soon begin training to be a phlebotomist, is currently a server at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District.
A fan of director John Waters and films by Troma Entertainment (“The Toxic Avenger,” “Bride of the Killer Nerd,” “Flesh Eaters from Outer Space” etc.), Brady said he is drawn to subversive art.
He said he can’t help doing things like putting butts and penises in his horror artwork.
“Poop is funny,” he said.
Brady said he knows art is not everyone’s cup of tea, but he wants to get it out there.
He’s used to people not getting his point of view.
“I’ve been wearing nasty shirts most of my life,” he said.