Gallows Humor

HeavymetaloshaIf you are easily offended or a fan of Pantera or Damageplan, read no further. When I was a kid in junior high school, I was a metalhead. Heavy metal is what inspired me to begin playing guitar, for which I will always be grateful, though my tastes have broadened over the years. Pantera and Damageplan came along after I left heavy metal (and my early adolescence) for music with a bit less leather and testosterone, but I was a huge fan of the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Queensryche and Yngwie Malmsteen.

So when I read this story about last week’s shooting in an Ohio nightclub, I was of course saddened by the meaningless waste of it all. But at the same time, “the evil Ryan” was inspired to create a set of workplace safety guidelines to help prevent such tragedies in the future. After a few Google Image searches and half an hour using my rudimentary Photoshop skills, I created this masterpiece. It got a few laughs at the office from my fellow bandmates Rex and Jason, so I decided to share it here.