Ringo Starr Unveils His Art

We take an odd look at Ringo Starr's unusual obsession with computer art.

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Being part of the Beatles makes Ringo Starr one of the finest artists of any generation in history.

It seems Ringo decided he could bring his great mind and influence to the MS Paint world.

"I started in the late nineties with my computer art," Ringo said in 2005. "While I was touring it gave me something to do in all those crazy hotels you have to stay in on the road"

With this week's news of his latest gallery, we decided to analyse and deconstruct the work of this art giant. Most mystifying is not only the visual appearance of his work, but also the names, as he describes:

"Most of the titles for my pieces arrived because on computer you have to call them something, so I have," he said. Perhaps with his brow furrowed. "The easy way to look at it is, if it has a hat on - it will probably be called Hat Man."

And so, let us proceed with our personal impressions on Ringo's visual work. His metaphors and intentions will inevitably be too deep for our relatively shallow minds, but we can try.

Hat Man

Hat Man was a good man, once. Years of hedonism and Sunny Delight left him orange and weathered. But Hat Man does not hold regrets, no. He hides his missing eyebrow with his skewed cap and smiles. So long, youth. So long.

Untitled 9

[This comment has been redacted in respect for the serenity and silence depicted in "Untitled 9".]

Hold Me, Love Me

You wake. Leaning over you is an ageing woman with slightly opposing eyes. "Love me," she says in a gruff voice. "Hold me." You embrace and become wind.

Yer Baby

Don't ever let an acid burn stop you being a player. Just keep winking. Yeah baby.

Bad Finger

A clear statement on class and blame. "Why are you blue," says the man with a bad finger. "Do not point at me," says the blue man. They freeze. It is a silent standoff. Four days pass; the finger rots. They make peace and bond over an interest in autumn leaves. In their later years, they work together on a cure for cancer.

If you have an original take on Ringo's art, please share it in the comments.

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    TK1
    I'm gonna put that right on the refrigerator, so we can see it all the time.
    Sladey
    I have no idea why people think Ringo was the least talented..
    IFightBears
    Damn, I really should read the article before looking at the pretty pictures and commenting..
    Eirien
    Ringo, I've told you before, stop taking credit for your Grandchildrens' acomplishments!
    TomMon
    I'm really drunk right now and just wasting time sobering up so I don't puke in my sleep. Is this real or am I in a bad enough state to be imagining this?!?!?!? If it is real, hell, I don't EVER want to be sober again.
    ChucklesMginty
    IFightBears wrote: Kinda look like they could have been done in Microsoft paint, especially 'Untitled 9'. I like it.
    They were done in MS Paint (or something similar.) It says in the article.
    Epi g-310
    I'm smirking at all of you people going "oh, he's gonna sell it for a bazillion dollars." You do realize that he made this on the computer, right? You do realize that you're looking at an exact copy of the images he's drawn, right? You do know you can save images to your computer by right-clicking them, right? You do know the only difference between his copy and your copy, should you choose to save it, will be that the copy you bought from him came from his printer, right? If he somehow manages to sell these, he's the smartest man alive.
    Mcjimmy
    At least his art isn't as embarrassing or as bad as his solo career.
    WheredMyRockGo?
    I'll take a stab at this.. On the bad finger one, he should have had "gas" coming from the dudes butt and the caption should've been "too late".
    raoooos
    Before everybody herps in with their "Ringo was talentless lolol", don't. Lennon said it himself that Ringo was famous before he joined and would have been even without The Beatles. P.S. He wrote Octopus's Garden. That's enough for me.
    kylealex09
    I wouldn't call this art if it wasn't for the fact that Ringo is like 70+ years old. We all know how hard it is for an older person to use the computer let alone pictures on MS Paint. Haha.
    the_messenger66
    As an artist, I facepalm. As a musician, I facepalm. As a businessman, I auction it off because its Ringo Starr and some guy out there will pay several thousands dollars for it. But sadly, I am not a buisness man, but a struggling art student who keeps getting pushed out my bullshit art. So I just facepalm.
    Armagedn
    SO EVERYBODY REALIZES THAT THIS IS NOT SERIOUS, RIGHT? RIGHT? This is all a joke. Ringo's just like, "Look what I lightheartedly drew in Paint while on tour" and they made an article taking the piss out of modern art admirers. I knew Ultimate Guitar users wouldn't understand...
    Samhuinn
    I can't hate on this, nor can understand why someone would. He made this in his pasttime, and shows the world with no harm intended. He isn't trying to sell this, or anything, and I'm quite sure that if he would, profits would go to charity. All in all, the art isn't even that bad, and Ringo seems as nice as one could expect from a Beatle (rather down to earth, even)
    Nitnatsnok
    metalfr3ak666 wrote: Looks like it was made using Microsoft Paint.
    They were done in MS Paint (or something similar.) It says in the article.
    IFightBears
    Kinda look like they could have been done in Microsoft paint, especially 'Untitled 9'. I like it.
    royalewcheese35
    untitled 9 kind of looks like a flushing toilet. I wonder if he'd email me a copy?...actually I'll just make my own.
    AntwanL
    Epi g-310 wrote: I'm smirking at all of you people going "oh, he's gonna sell it for a bazillion dollars." You do realize that he made this on the computer, right? You do realize that you're looking at an exact copy of the images he's drawn, right? You do know you can save images to your computer by right-clicking them, right? You do know the only difference between his copy and your copy, should you choose to save it, will be that the copy you bought from him came from his printer, right? If he somehow manages to sell these, he's the smartest man alive.
    +1 For using your brain lol And if he does make money selling it be deserves that for being a genius salesman
    g.k
    ringo paints like this and it gets famous, i paint like this and i fail art!!