It could be argued that most of us find ourselves simultaneously attempting to break free from the constructs of our childhood, yet longing to return to the ineffable nostalgia of our youth. “That’s true," English agrees. "If somebody lives in the Midwest and is raised a Christian, it would be very difficult for them to question their beliefs because that story is one of the first things they’ve ever heard." As he continues, “I remember being a little kid and standing up in church saying, ‘You’re just making this stuff up.’ They got really angry with me, so then I became scared. I felt like I did something wrong when all I was really doing was using my God-given gift.” That gift, says English, comes down to one thing that applies to every human being. “The blessing that we’ve been given is our frontal lobe. This is what He or She or It gave us that’s special. How can you not use it? That to me is the ultimate sacrilege."
One recognizable character is Donald Trump, madeover to feature English’s signature grin motif. “The grin is the darkness underneath the smiley face. When somebody’s always grinning, you know they’re up to something.“ The kaleidoscopic cast also includes Punk Skunk, the artist’s first pot-smoking character (“It’s a play on skunk weed; I just wanted a weed-smoking character in Delusionville”) and, of course, MC Supersized, his obese version of Ronald McDonald that was famously featured in Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 documentary “Super Size Me.”