Its not just an icon, its a reminder of a bloody period that killed millions of human beings, not just Jews but pols, Christians, the elderly, the young, the infirm etc, etc... a smiley face is just an icon, the uniform of an SS officer is a reminder, a statement, and just in bad taste. In essence it reflects either an ignorance on your part for the role this played in the history of the world in which you live, or (and this is much worse) your support for that evil in a subtle and provocative manner. If you want to be provocative, take an xerox of your ass and put the negative space in the icon instead. You are not being provocative you are being either dumb or evil. Someone with your talent should be open and sensitive enough (as is required to be a great artist) to see the indecency in your choice of icon. If Hitler had been a better artist perhaps the second world war would not have begun? Think it over. No, I am not mean, if you reply with that same idiom to my comment than you will be beyond hope in my eyes and I think It would be fair to say *as well as to ask of my peers* that you will begin to loose fans to your site here on deviantart.com thanks! Keep up the good work, inspire, don't denigrate.
I don't think you should apologize, if people don't like it they shouldn't be looking at it. I think you did a great job on the icon. My only point was that the eagles head was facing the wrong way. BUT what I wanted to say is you shouldn't have to apologize for YOUR artwork. So don't keep you the great work and don't let others pressure you to stop.