WILL BOTTI PORTRAIT
looks like analog media but it was done digitally.
was my extremely handsome, muscular boss at the horrible
video game studio Black Ops
. He was so smart he went to MIT and had the student loan
payments the size of his rent to show for it. How could a Gay guy like me
NOT have a crush on this Italian muscle man male model PS1 programmer? Have
I mentioned he also plays
and piano? In incompetent videos? I'm afraid I went on to better things
and Will did not. We were working for his equally hot twin brother at the
I played networked video games with Will almost every night
after work ended at BOE. We liked each other a lot. He
had gained a lot of weight and then lost it, was working out and looked
incredible with a big chest and very handsome face. I scanned a paper photograph
of him taken while scuba diving, loaded the digitized image into Fractal
Painter and Photoshop, then got paid to make this image of my boss. I really
was not loafing on company time as Will and his sexy Italian American brother
were such incompetent leaders that I didn't have anything for our team to
do for MONTHS. The company was between gigs. Geez, we could have designed
video game staples like fences or boxes of bombs. No leadership.
I like this image a lot (esp. the binary background) but there is something
slightly sinister in the expression that was not in the original photograph.
Is it the eyes? Is it the mouth? Like the Mona Lisa it depends on
which one of the two you look at. He appears to me like how James Bond creator
Ian Fleming described his super spy: "Black hair and handsome face, but
something very cruel about it." Will was not cruel as portrayed in
my art, but his brother
was quite nasty. He fired me from the company for writing
in my checkbook on company time. This caused a freakout among the employees
who got really paranoid about being fired next for no reason. This after
a long history of his bad behavior.
John Botti never really worked
in the interactive industry again after he tarnished his name with so many
up and coming workers.
Unfortunately an A-list college degree in
computer science does not train really hot autistic/narcissistic twins how
to run a company, deal with employees, projects or even basic creative concepts.
Plus high tech skills depreciate fast. Think of all the Windows 95 Will
Botti learned to program! Guys like this don't take well to new ideas.
Ideas like "Shall our sterile startup workplace have one entire
decorative plant brought in by Don for his office?" [Yes - with reservations]
Or "shall we provide a modest sized aquarium for artists and animators
working on an
underwater ocean PS1 game
to study at least freshwater tropical fish
in action?" [No]
At that time (late 1990s) I felt the Long
Island Botti brothers were in over their heads despite fancy degrees from
MIT. You just spend your years there sitting in front of a machine until
you graduate with a minor in Windows 95 and have to pay rent sized student
loans back. Ironically, although Will had gone to MIT and worked in the
media lab, he has no idea how to deal with the non-technical details like
run an interactive project, separate his public and private life, deal with
Gay employees, or
Will Botti now just has a few inept, badly lit,
self-absorbed YouTube videos on the ENTIRE INTERNET in which he plays the
guitar. This is how we remember him by? Pretty soon a Google image search
will probably put my work of art about him ahead of his own links because
he has almost no other Internet presence to compete with my version of him.
I can't seem to learn how to market himself online. Why don't universities
teach such practical skills? Oh yeah, paper mills.