Notice anything different about me? (points to breasts) The tremble head, which has been a part of this site since 1998(!), is taking a brief-to-permanent vacation. It was surprisingly hard to replace that image, when you consider the fact that I no longer physically resemble it in any way. (Did you even know, at the time of its creation, that head was a self-portrait?) I’m still not sure how I feel about the change and, but I must confess I like the idea of having a “vintage” logo as well as a new one.

About that new one…it was created by a very talented friend, Stephen Lee. Stephen has actually created a bunch of these blockheads, many of them designed to resemble people he knows. (The original, full-color version of mine is here, but I had to rough it up a bit to make it feel at home on this site.)

I’m pretty easy to caricature, which isn’t necessarily the greatest quality a person can have. It’s kind of like saying, “I have many pronounced and exaggerated features. Any three year-old could draw me—I am practically deformed!” And that brings me to a proposition…

Now that I’ve broken the 7+ year tremble head streak, nothing is sacred. If you fancy yourself an artist and would like to take a stab at a new tremble emblem, be my guest. If it doesn’t hurt my feelings I’ll use it on this site, with proper credit attributed. It’s pretty easy to figure out the size—just right-click the head at the top of this page and, from your little shortcut menu, choose “download image as…” That will give you the proper dimensions.

You can name the new file whatever you want. Please just keep it black and white, and about the same size and proportion as the head in the above image. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even rough it up a bit so you don’t have to worry about me messing around with your pretty picture.

For photographic reference material, visit toddlevin.com or my myspace page.

Is this offer sort of narcissistic? I don’t know. I know I’m essentially asking people to draw me, but I thought it would just be a fun thing to do, made more fun by including you in the design of this site. And, while I’m enjoying having this public wrestling match with my conscience, I will still go to bed tonight wondering if I’m a self-absorbed creep. Just like every night.

In conclusion, here is a tour of the history of “tremble head.” It’s best to look at these links while listening to Extreme’s “More Than Words.”

tremble.com circa 1999
tremble.com circa 2001 (aka “the salad days”)
tremble.com circa 2006 (i barely remember you)

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