Artist Mike Leavitt, creator of the venerable Art Army of famous artist figurines, has made his contribution to global Linsanity with his newest piece — the J Lin. It’s a one-of-a-kind, hand-sculpted, 9” tall polymer clay figure with nine movable parts and accessories like a little basketball and a birch wood ball & chain. It’s part Lin, part ’80’s G.I. Joe ninja character “Storm Shadow”… who is actually of Japanese descent. Oof. But that’s ok. Leavitt painted a little Taiwanese flag sun/basketball hybrid onto his uniform, like a champ. Let’s just say that this ethnic merging is deliberate meta commentary on all your faux pas, Internet.
Larry Hama, the artist who created Storm Shadow (along with many other G.I. Joe characters), told ANIMAL: “I don’t think this is offensive or anything, but it’s a bit of a stretch for a bad joke that’s just this side of a non-sequiter. And who in their right mind would pay that price for something that misses the mark?”