My Favourite Wikipedia User User:Rama


Update: the pictures have since been deleted.

On this picture, besides the main action, you might notice the programming book in the lower right corner, on C++. As such, this image unites two interests of its author, who is my favourite Wikipedia contributor: User:Rama.

User:Rama describes himself as: Physicist by training, scientist by vocation. He makes his illustrations, which he describes as fugly drawings, with a yatate, a Japanese medieaval pen.

The style varies between the images. Though many are decidedly retro, this image close-up has a contemporary feel:


The style looks like Raymond Pettibon, an artist whom I adore. Music fans probably know his work through is album covers for Black Flag, and especially through his seminal record cover for Sonic Youth’s GOO.

Pettibon’s style is known as ugly drawing. So the resemblance goes all the way through nomenclature. I’m not sure if Rama and Pettibon are aware of each others work though.

But I wonder, User:Rama, where are you now? Are you still on our team? Everything I know about you I found out through your user page. But now it does not link anymore to the sexuality drawings, and it does not talk about the Yatate. Gone are also you displays of pride for Europe: you used to embed the European flag and the EU’s hymn, Ode to Joy. You used to make me feel so good about being European!


putain putain, c’est vachement bien, nous sommes quand même tous des européens

That’s meant mainly in the context of the Belgian political difficulties (language struggle) I guess I mean, otherwise, the friends we make outside the continent would not be part of the us And they are?

You say the information wasn’t on the user page anymorecouldn’t you go back in the edit history?

it didn’t go back far enough

I think that means the page was deleted and recreated afterwards (an admin can see it though).

I’m a dog shaped ashtray
I’m a shrugging moustache wearing a speedo tuxedo
I’m a movie with no plot
Written in the back seat of a piss powered taxi
I’m an imperial armpit, sweating Chianti

I’m a toilet with no seat, flushing tradition down
I'm socialist lingerie, I'm diplomatic techno
I'm gay pastry and racist cappuccino
I’m an army on holiday in a guillotine museum
I’m a painting made of hair, on a nudist beach
Eating McDonald's
I’m a novel far too long, I’m a sentimental song
I’m a yellow tooth waltzing with wrap around shades on
Who am I? I am Europe

I like Raymond Pettibon.


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