janus. by- adventureclubviral
i had to look up the word in the dictionary. it was the first thing i did on monday when this assignment was posted- for how can you find something if you don’t know what you are looking for. (too true! i tell myself this a lot about my lot in life…) janus refers to the roman god of passages and doorways. he is represented by two heads facing opposing directions. it can be seen as one face looking back at the past and one face looking towards the future. as an adjective it refers to being double sided and dualistic. “janus faced” is concerned with polarities or contrasts- marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another.
this picture was taken based on the latter definition. it is a tip box at my local coffee shop. it is open on a hinge, conveniently displaying the skulls facing outwardly from each other. the coffee girls are very sweet and daily deserving of my cash gratuity. i never noticed this art on their tip box before and even if i had i would never have thought it representative of anything or anyone… two-faced. are those fake smiles they flash me? do they give me whole milk when i ask for skim? do they truly appreciate my business and my gesture of appreciating theirs?
janus. by- theStephALA
i hear it is bad luck to face an elephant to the outside. i have no idea why, but i always try to avoid that orientation.