Back in the day I paid Lauer Weaponry to repaint a Springfield XD-M with an American flag. In my defense, the kitsch pistol was an ironic statement: an exact copy of the image the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence used to promote its anti-gun rights agenda. On top of irony, given that the XD-M is a Croation creation. As for this snakeskin Smith, I get it. But I don’t particularly like it. The markings lack . . . context. Flair. Joie de vivre. Unless you’re a fan of Escape from New York. Then it is, as art critics say in the Ocean State, wikkid pissa.