In the winter of 2004, Jeff Hurlow went nuts. Trapped in a job he hated, he turned to the only place he could: MySpace.
He found a world where identity transcended reality. In MySpace, everyone was cooler, better looking and more connected than they'd ever been before. Jeff became preoccupied with finding what was real beneath the tricked out pages, blurry webcam pics and LOLs.
One morning when he didn't think he could get through another day in his cubicle, Hurlow posted a question on his MySpace profile: "Want me to draw you?" Underneath a button said, "Yes."
Soon he had hundreds requests. Moms, teens and even a porn star or two wanted to a drawing of themselves based entirely on their profile.
But to get what they wanted, Hurlow demanded that they answer one very revealing question: What are you like in relationships?
Armed with very real confessions to balance the superficiality of MySpace, Jeff created a series of drawings that were a little comic, slightly biting and always true to the one promise he made to everyone who played along: I won't make you pretty.
El Arroyo, El Arroyo, Published March 11, 2007