Pirate Balladeers

Contest Info

  • Started: 7/22/2011 11:00
  • Ended: 7/26/2011 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 31
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Pirate Balladeers
Contest Directions: This Friday we continue our freaking experiment with provided source images.
Photoshop this pirate balladeers image (photo credit Frank Kovalchek) any way you wish. Some examples are - making these pirate balladeers play and sing in some unusual places, making them perform some stunts, putting the pirate balladeers into some new environment, movies, paintings, etc. These are just some ideas.

Contest Info

    • Started: 7/22/2011 11:00
    • Ended: 7/26/2011 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 31
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
31 pictures
  • Barack Obama Political Pirate

    Barack Obama Political Pirate
  • Shipwrecked Pirate Blues

    Shipwrecked Pirate Blues
  • Pirate Baby

    Pirate Baby
  • The Lion's Ballad

    The Lion's Ballad
  • Obama and Clinton's Presidential Duet

    Obama and Clinton's Presidential Duet
  • Pirates Singing in a Rowboat

    Pirates Singing in a Rowboat
  • Hugh Laurie Playing Guitar

    Hugh Laurie Playing Guitar
  • Dead Pirates Night Out

    Dead Pirates Night Out
  • Rogue Pirates with Guitars

    Rogue Pirates with Guitars
  • Popeye Riding a Dolphin

    Popeye Riding a Dolphin
31 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: The lion's share of "ranks" to the classic filibusters of Caribbean Sea were always supplied by the British and French, but no less people in the ranks are Dutch, Portuguese, Indians and black Africans and mongrels. For instance, 198 people were on board the French brigantine robber La Trompeuse ("The Deceiver") in 1684. Apart from the French team, the others included Scottish, Dutch, Indians, Swedes, Irishmen, outlaws from the island of Jersey and from New England as well as blacks and mulattos. Alexander the Great and the pirate Dionid: The story of how a pirate Dionid was brought to the court of Alexander the Great is very popular in the "Republic" of Cicero. The emperor, of course, made accusations and recriminations, but the pirate suddenly said calmly that , they are birds of a feather. The difference between the monarch and the pirate is only that the latter has only one ship and small number of people and the Emperor has an entire fleet of ships and troops. During his time, St. Augustine (354-430), a Christian theologian and church leader narrated this legend. And in subsequent centuries, many thinkers and writers have used this parable in their denunciations of the injustice of the authorities. And in the 15th century, the legend has attracted the attention of the famous poet Francois Villon, who, in fact, was a thief himself but on land. Dionid under the name of Diomed figures in the poem "Grand Testament". Pirates "of their own home": It is clear, that independence and freedom could only be the reason for the coexistence of such "lewd" citizens of the world. Here is the testimony of the English Governor of Barbados "Lord Willoughby (17th century), reporting to the Secretary of State about the capture of the Dutch colony in Tobago by filibusters from Jamaica: "All of them - are their own masters and choose their way of life and such a way, what they want, assuming that all the exciting things, whether it is the island or something on it, must be fully owned by them and consider themselves to be the masters". Strict discipline prevailed during those times both in the navy as well as on merchant ships. Guilty sailors were punished very severely and the pirates lead a carefree life and the internal organization distinguished by unprecedented democracy. All the ranks on board were elective. Any important decision was taken after discussions in the council with the simple majority of votes. The leader was elected from a number of very determined, clever and successful pirates, but he ruled by no absolute means: thugs meekly obeyed his orders only in battles. The anonymous author, who participated in1680 in a campaign of the filibusters in south-west Europe writes that, when the ship of Edmund Cook met the Spanish galiot (keel for coast-wise navigation) from Cartagena, differences occurred in the team - "some wanted to take him on board but others refused, the result being, they missed it". And the opinion of the captain, moving forward, did not play a decisive role. The commander ate the same food that the other "subordinates" ate and the beardless ship's boy had sitting at the common table. Except sometimes, the leader, who earned special authority or had recently lead to a big win, was offered a special meal in token of respect. Since these people, for their entire life, were face to face with a hostile world, which is constantly threatened with famine and death, each member of the pirate brotherhood chose his companion on-board - pledging to rescue one another in all circumstances. Of course authorities and marine commercial companies fought with the pirates: arming merchant ships, combined them into fleet and escorted them. Warships, where ever possible, were patrolling the coasts; punitive expeditions were organized to shelter the robbers; amnesties were granted to those who surrendered voluntarily before the deadline. For some time, these measures have led to a drop in pirate activity on major oceans, but authorities were unsuccessful in completely suppressing the phenomenon. Code of honour and survival: In spite of all this, the classic pirate was not an anarchist, not submitting to anybody in the world - "I do what I want" and "Do not care a damn about the entire world". Rogues of different ages, by breaking away from society and its laws, created their own rules, which were regulated not only by customs but also written regulations. Since the main purpose of trading has always been the capture of prey, most of what came down to us of such "laws" was related to issues of sharing. For the first time, the practice of "fair" distribution appeared, apparently, still in the transition from a primitive society to civilization. In the "Odyssey", let us say, "Pirates", the Achaeans, after a successful raid, divided the boot equally and then they celebrated the success in the form of a feast. In Heliodorus's novel "Efiopika" (3rd century), it is already reported that the Pirate Code "provides unlimited choice of the prey to share to the man who first appeared on-board the captured vessel" but apparently, this priority has not lasted long. The principle of equal shares of booty continued till the Middle Ages. The best evidence: the pirates of Northern Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries called themselves as equal "share holders."