Raymond Pettibon uses bold and blunt humor in a manner that does not make fun of his subjects, but draws attention to irony in his narratives. Although he would not consider himself political, many of his works are interpreted as such. He creates expressive works of art with text incorporated that carry out his bold messages.
In the classroom:
Pettibon's use of irony would transfer well in the middle level classroom to address social issues that may otherwise be difficult to talk about. Adding a cryptic element such as irony to a work of art allows for students to more comfortably approach usually uncomfortable topics.