James Fridman has graced the headlines before as the shrewd, British photoshopper with a bit of an underlying mission.
He likes to take the photos submitted to him for editing and bastardize their requests with pure literality.
Here are some examples:
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) July 15, 2017
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) August 7, 2018
But sometimes he will drop his goading persona and speak up about things that bother him.
Like, last summer, when this mom came to him with a request to create something to promote her 9-year-old child’s YouTube and Instagram accounts.
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) June 6, 2017
When addressing criticism over his comment for allegedly stifling the boy’s creativity, Fridman said:
“There is a significant difference between childishly playing with mom’s makeup and wearing a full face of makeup, glued-on false eyelashes and a set of false nails.”
“Face painting is a fun and innocent way for kids to express their artistic talent and creativity. Unlike makeup, it’s not intended to make you look sexually appealing.”
“No kid should be wearing make-up, regardless of their gender. The mom’s intentions were obvious. Worryingly, it has become acceptable for parents to misuse their kids for fame and profit.”
Fridman hasn’t stopped making statements, big or small.
If you look closely, even with his most hilarious works, he highlights the matter of self-obsession that social media has so horribly exacerbated.
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) March 3, 2017
“The omnipresence of comedy in social media has created a new way of delivering information to the public. Entertainment accounts cater to a wider audience, delivering current news and addressing social issues wrapped in humour. It makes it easier to work through sensitive subjects.”
And boy, does he do a good job using humor to get a conversation going.
Here, he covers the topic of self-harm.
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) June 8, 2018
I've actually thought of getting my arms tattooed to hide my scars, but after a long time of thinking it over, I've decided no to go through with it. They are my battle scars. I shouldn't have to hide or be ashamed of what I went through. It was great reading this.
— Cristal M.♥️♠️ (@IntrovertedQT) June 8, 2018
In this one, he makes it clear how people see Americans.
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) May 22, 2018
Most realistic photoshop you’ve created yet.
— ᶰᵒᵗ Jony Ive (@JonyIveParody) May 22, 2018
Here’s a reminder that self-image isn’t something to manufacture.
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) May 18, 2018
Yes. Just yes.
— Katie Brenzie (@brenzie) June 2, 2018
And here’s one reminding everyone that we don’t need super powers to make a difference.
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) March 31, 2018
Yours vision is also beautiful as well as your creativity.
— Bunty Jaluthariya (@BJaluthariya) March 31, 2018
And a reminder that misinterpretation of things written online is a very real thing.
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) April 15, 2018
Poland is my country, i'm polish… And yes, this is the old map and James made this guy wear some of our folk outfit
— Uwarowit (@MsUwarowit) April 15, 2018
In a world obsessed with their online image, James is the hero we need.
— James Fridman (@fjamie013) February 25, 2018