They say a picture is worth a thousand words, though that would make Paris Hilton War and Peace...plus The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Bringing words and pictures together to wry effect, Jody Barton.
Barton's a London-based illustrator who wittily integrates text and images in colorful, quirky, occasionally thought-provoking designs, all using watercolour, screenprint, and a pen, proven mightier than the sword by noted intellectuals Matt Damon and Joe Pesci.
The cheekiness kicks off with a gun whose stubby barrel juts backwards towards the shooter (tagged with "Self-Help"), "This Cherry's Bust" with the words spelled out on the fruit and a snake for the stalk, and the logo for the "Anti-Dolphin League", whose slogan "Kill Em All" really suffers from loss of nuance when translated from the Japanese.
A few designs see the words composing the entirety of the image, including the ingenious "Word Head" (British idioms woven together to create a head with a "nose for trouble" and a "stiff upper lip"), and the "Moon Map", whose features are made up of the names themselves -- which the artist points out were all first coined by a 17th C. Jesuit persecutor of Galileo, yet another reason science isn't worth the trouble.
Barton also offers up commissions like MTV's "Key Party" and Stussy's vandalized portrait of a now nailpolish wearing, florally necklaced Freud saying "Tell me about 'yo mamma" -- one case where a thousand words is definitely better than a picture.