Portland, OR-based artist Liv Rainey-Smith created this series, entitled The Four Portlanders of the Apocalypse, as part of her BFA thesis at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. An interpretation of The Revelation to John, it focuses on a unicyclist, Vespa rider, dreadlocked bicyclist, and a Segway rider with a goatee.
In the artist’s own words:
The white rider seeks to create a world where homosexuality is not called a disease, and equal rights are available to same-sex couples who wish their bond to be recognized by government and society. The red rider seeks parity with man — a world where pay and promotions are doled out equally, and everyone has the freedom to chose their life path regardless of gender. The black rider seeks to bring about social justice. In his world Government and corporations respect humankind, and cruelty and war are eliminated. The green rider seeks to cleanse the planet. Her world is free from pollution, and harmony with nature is achieved. Individually they may look like average people, but united they represent a greater transformative force.
In this series, the artist manages to both pay an homage to progressive sub-cultures and, I think, to poke fun at some of the associated stereotypes, using the riders’ modes of transit, fashion choices, and actual Portland locations. The result is clever and also quite funny.