Chris O'Shea

Not the digital artist in England. Or the magician in England. I'm a Charlottesville-based freelance writer. No, I'm not moving to England.

You can contact me at coshea22[at]gmail[dot]com. I can also be found on Twitter. Thanks for stopping by.

Apr 9
Officially worried about Billy Corgan.

Officially worried about Billy Corgan.


Mar 10

Feb 13
Amazing cover of The Black Panther, a weekly newspaper published by the Black Panthers from 1967 to 1980.
More here.

Amazing cover of The Black Panther, a weekly newspaper published by the Black Panthers from 1967 to 1980.

More here.


Jan 29

The first time I saw Ghostbusters I remember being extremely freaked out by this scene and the accompanying music. However, now that I bothered to research the song — a remix of Mick Smiley’s "Magic" — I’ve learned that it’s not creepy at all.

The magic Smiley is referring to is the feeling of falling in love, not what happens as a result of a ghost containment grid being deactivated by an overreaching, obnoxious lawyer. 

I also think it’s worth mentioning that Smiley was a bassist for Billy Idol and penned Lita Ford’s biggest hit, “Kiss Me Deadly,” a 1998 song that seems to indicate love can be an unintentional — and often unpleasant — consequence of living recklessly.  

That probably wasn’t worth mentioning. 


Jan 4

So I forgot about this Tumblr I started during the summer. It’s sort of an odd, but interesting idea (according to me, at least): Creating fictional pieces based on the characters in popular songs. 

Anyway, the first piece examined the other side of Jim Croce’s “Operator.” I rarely write fiction, but I thought I did alright. 

And yeah, I guess “Operator” was popular back in the early 70s, but you know what I mean.


Dec 19
Doesn’t $6,000 seem a bit high? I mean, a zebra’s just a rad horse. 

Doesn’t $6,000 seem a bit high? I mean, a zebra’s just a rad horse. 


Dec 11

"Overpass" — Papoose.

New Papoose, from his upcoming mixtape, Hoodie Season 2.

Man, sometimes Pap is really impressive. I guess the problem is it’s only sometimes. 


Nov 13
Top Gun Call Signs Ranked by Which Would be Awesome to Have as Your Real Name 
Hollywood
Iceman
Slider
Wolfman
Viper
Maverick
Sundown
Cougar (It is understood that John Mellencamp will protest this low ranking)
Merlin
Jester
Goose

Top Gun Call Signs Ranked by Which Would be Awesome to Have as Your Real Name 

  1. Hollywood
  2. Iceman
  3. Slider
  4. Wolfman
  5. Viper
  6. Maverick
  7. Sundown
  8. Cougar (It is understood that John Mellencamp will protest this low ranking)
  9. Merlin
  10. Jester
  11. Goose

Oct 2

This is Good

Bigfoot is — by far — the best gauge of Americans’ welfare.

As long as people keep claiming they have evidence that proves the hairy guys exist, we’re doing fine. As long as news outlets keep covering those proclamations, everything’s good. Bigfoot stories show that we all still have time to think about inane crap that will never, ever, happen.

If a few years go by and there are no Bigfoot sightings, no Sasquatch videos; America is officially fucked. Because that means something so serious has happened that we can no longer dedicate any brain power to a real life version of Harry and The Hendersons

The Bigfoot legend might seem ridiculous, but in the end it’s helpful. And it’s certainly not abominable. 


Sep 30

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