I hadn’t really given a thought to hand turkeys for years until three days ago, when I walked into a hand turkey drawing session in my neighbor’s apartment: four, or five, thirty-somethings hovering around a single sliver sheet of poster board, in various states of tracing, or decorating, their hand turkeys with pens and black sharpies.
And these birds were awesome.
A ballerina; a punk-rock bird; one had cat paws; another with Santa boots and dollar sign bling.
Bottom line is, all hand turkeys start with the simple act of putting your hand down on a piece of paper and tracing around it. How you decorate it; whether or not you cut it out; hell, your choice of material and drawing medium is just the start of a chance personal expression that will never be replicated. Because it’s your hand!
Here, a few other inspired birds (click on each image for the source):
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Editor’s Note: We are also celebrating Thanksgiving on Hyperallergic LABS, our tumblelog.
So … submit images of your Thanksgiving — photos of your meal: whether an artwork in itself, the result of hours of intensive labor, or perhaps merely arranged artfully on your plate, an expression of your holiday.
Submit also illustrations or videos of your Thanksgiving day: the food, the people you share it with, the gratitude, the happy or painful recollections of a complex personal and/or national history, or the utter absence of any of these things.
Show us, via Instagram, Hipstamatic, Lightbox, Picplz, your Holga, your cheapo point-and-shoot, your 35mm, your own drawings, your collages, your imagination: Eating with dozens of loved ones? Eating with people you’re reluctantly stuck with? Vegan? Kosher? Halal? Turducken? Fasting? Starving? Alone? At home? At the bus station? At a soup kitchen? At a turkey trot? What are you giving thanks for?