Oct 24 2008

Boulevard of Broken Dreams!

Published by at 3:00 am under I Don't Get It

I’ve always really hated this dumb take off of Edward Hopper’s legendary painting Nighthawks. I know you’ve seen this hunk of crap titled “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” hanging on the walls of about 50% of the diners you frequent and 15% of the rooms pornos are filmed in. It features the famous corpses of Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart drinking coffee and eating onion rings and I think it’s supposed to bring a tear to your eye and make you want to listen to all 5 hours of “American Pie” by Don McLean.

I always thought this poster was the ultimate example of bad, mass-produced “art” but now that I have done a little research about the artist who created it, Gottfried Helnwein, I am beginning to wonder if this was a joke that just got out of hand. When I took a look at his work I was shocked by how twisted, edgy, bizarre and quite frankly, how fucking cool a lot of his art is.

Even though Helnwein might be a talented artist it does not excuse you from displaying this bad art in your first apartment. If you’re going to do it, at least buy the classy version. Good news, it’s in stock!

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23 comments so far

23 comments to “Boulevard of Broken Dreams!”

  1. Danon 24 Oct 2008 at 10:04 am

    I am a recent fan of Gottfried Helnwein and I think his work is brilliant, so I was suprised to read that he had made this work. Great blog by the way, funny.

  2. You Just Made My List!on 24 Oct 2008 at 10:15 am

    Dan, thanks for checking it. I know, it’s shocking to think such a talented artist is responsible for this crime against art.

  3. Munchieson 24 Oct 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Equally as bad, the Green Day song of the same name.

    No explanation needed.

  4. Ion 24 Oct 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Adding neon to a crap just makes it neon crap and doesn’t not reduce the level of crappiness….

  5. You Just Made My List!on 24 Oct 2008 at 5:22 pm

    No way, neon = classy!

  6. SanFranon 26 Oct 2008 at 11:39 am

    This is all true and well and good, but nothing is worse than Dogs Playing Poker.

  7. hutchon 17 Dec 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Anything by Norman Rockwell will rival the “Canines with Cards”

  8. Jackieon 04 Jul 2009 at 12:29 pm

    For pop culture fanatics, this painting is really awesome! Of course the original painting “Nighthawk” is great, I just think this rendition is fun and youthful. I wouldn’t brush it off so fast 🙂

  9. Scarpellion 07 Dec 2012 at 11:53 am

    I worked for a Fortune 500 company, and I recall walking into a V.P.’s office and seeing this abomination on the wall. He thought it was “so cool.” I asked him if he had ever heard of Edward Hopper, and he replied, “Who?”
    This painting is craptastic.

  10. MARK "TRUTH-SEEKER"on 26 Dec 2012 at 1:25 pm

    THE GUY WHO WROTE THE “REVIEW”, [ABOVE], IS OBVIOUS-LY A CLUE-LESS ART-SNOB …
    I’V ALWAYS LOVED THIS “KNOCK-OFF”, AND IN FACT DISCOVER’D IT WHILE A HOME-LESS HOUSE-LESS GUY IN NEW YORK CITY, BEFORE I DISCOVER’D THE CLASSIC “NIGHTHAWKS” (1942)
    BY EDWARD HOPPER, ON WHICH IT’S BASED … ##################################
    {BTW: HOPPER LIVED IN GREENWICH VILLAGE, (THE WEST VILLAGE) WHICH WAS MY ***MAIN*** “STOMP-ING-GROUND DURING ALL MY TIME IN NYC … THE CAFE IN “NIGHTHAWKS” IS BASED-ON A CAFE ON GREENWICH AVENUE, WHERE I MANY-TIMES WALK’D}
    ####################################
    I IMMEDIATE-LY MADE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE 2 PAINTINGS, BUT ASSUMED, WRONG-LY, THAT THEY WERE BY THE SAME ARTIST !!
    SINCERE-LY,
    MARK “TRUTH-SEEKER” CREEK-WATER DORAZIO,
    NEWARK, DELAWARE, USA / 26-DECEMBER-2012

  11. MARK "TRUTH-SEEKER"on 26 Dec 2012 at 1:33 pm

    O—–ON FURTHER READ-ING [ABOVE], I NOTICE THAT OTHER COMMENTERs HERE ARE AMONG THE “CLUE-LESS” “ART-SNOB” TYPE …
    GET A CLUE FOLKS: “MUNCHIES” + “YOU JUST MADE MY LIST”, LIKE “DAN”, [ABOVE], ALL FALL IN-TO THE CATEGORY OF “ART-SNOB” …
    THIS MEANS THAT THEY TOTAL-LY DON’T “GET” THAT ONE OF THE MOST-SACRED + BLESSED THINGS WHICH “ART” DOES IS THIS: IT ATTRACTS THE ATTENTION OF FOLKS WHO, OTHER-WISE, WOULD PROB’LY NOT EVEN NOTICE … IE, TO PARA-PHRASE WHATS-HIS-NAME, IT “TELLS THEM ABOUT THINGs WHICH THEY KNOW-BUT-DON’T-KNOW-THAT-THEY-KNOW-IT” …

  12. You Just Made My List!on 26 Dec 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Your-ability-to-misuse-hyphens-is-incredible-and-a-little-scary

  13. You Just Made My List!on 26 Dec 2012 at 1:38 pm

    BL-AH BL-AH BL-AH, I heard you the first time. I get it, I’m an art snob. People who who don’t buy their art at Target are art snobs. People who enjoy actual art are art snobs. Your taste in art is as good as your grammar.

  14. MARK "TRUTH-SEEKER"on 26 Dec 2012 at 1:50 pm

    ONE MORE COMMENT:
    ***YES—NEON IS CLASSY !!
    ***DOGS-PLAY-ING-POKER IS KOOOL, TOO, BUT ONLY IF YR OK WITH BE-ING HALF “WHITE-TRASH” (ON MY MOTHER’s SIDE, AND SAY’D LOVE-ING-LY) …
    I ALSO MISS THOSE “LURID” LANDSCAPEs WHICH WE USED TO SEE ON SO MANY VANS … WHAT-EVER HAPPEN’D TO THEM ??
    ***CRAPTASTIC?? NO, NOT AT ALL … AND THE FACT THAT THE FORTUNE-500 GUY HAD NEVER HEAR’D OF EDWARD HOPPER IS ALSO ***NOT*** AN ABOMINATION —{THO, PERHAPS THE FACT THAT HE PLAYS “ROULETTE” WITH OTHER PEOPLE’s MONEY IS} …
    SEE, THIS IS THE PURPOSE OF PAINTINGS LIKE “BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS”: TO LEAD THE “UN-INITIATED” TO ARTISTS LIKE HOPPER …..
    SINCERE-LY, MARK “TRUTH-SEEKER”

  15. MARK "TRUTH-SEEKER"on 26 Dec 2012 at 1:52 pm

    HAHAHA: U CAN CRITICISE MY USE-OF-HYPHENs, BUT NO-WAY U CAN CRITICISE MY GRAMMAR, ***OR*** MY SPELL-ING !!
    AND PLEASE: DON’T EVEN MENTION THAT UPPER-CASE IS CONSIDER’D “SHOUT-ING” !!

  16. MARK "TRUTH-SEEKER"on 26 Dec 2012 at 2:01 pm

    OR, IS IT “CRITICIZE” ??

  17. You Just Made My List!on 26 Dec 2012 at 2:11 pm

    It writes itself.

  18. MARK "TRUTH-SEEKER"on 26 Dec 2012 at 2:41 pm

    SERIOUS-LY, DUDE: YR AWE-SOME: I HAD NEVER SEEN YR BLOG TILL TODAY, AS I RESEARCH’D THE GOTTFRIED-HELNWEIN / EDWARD-HOPPER CONNECTION … GOOD JOB !!
    SINCERE-LY, AND WITH BEST HOLIDAY GREETINGS,
    MARK “TRUTH-SEEKER”
    BTW: PART OF THE REASON WHY I SO ***LIKE*** HELNWEIN’s 1987-PAINTING “BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS” IS, NO-DOUBT, THAT WE’R BORN DURING THE SAME BLESSED YEAR-OF-THE-FIELD-MOUSE, 1948 !!

  19. Paulon 01 Jan 2013 at 2:07 am

    Shut the fuck up you dick head this is a great piece of art

  20. You Just Made My List!on 02 Jan 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Paul – Brilliantly stated.

  21. J. BAGOSYon 12 Jul 2014 at 11:13 pm

    You people must be the biggest idiots that have ever judged art. Have a nice day idiots!

  22. J. BAGOSYon 12 Jul 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I must apologize, I was speaking about the people that were criticizing a nice piece of art. Only idiots would have something negative to say.

  23. You Just Made My List!on 13 Jul 2014 at 7:00 pm

    There is nothing I enjoy more than a person leaving a negative comment who then says “only idiots would have something negative to say.”

    If the idiot shoe fits on your idiot feet.