I am still recovering from Greenbelt last weekend (and a conference this weekend, currently writing my paper on Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases, more information to come on that I suspect!), at which I saw this great stall full of subverted advertising. The guy said he designed them himself – some are originals, some are subverted. I’ve definitely seen the Oinksip Max one online, so who knows who came up with that in the first place. I find reuse of any advertising fascinating – the idea that maybe by going back to earliest advertising, we will recapture a sense of that ‘lost age’… One of my FYP students has been encouraged to write about the way in which a lot of advertisers are currently advertising the longevity of their brands through, e.g. “125 years of M&S”, etc. Fascinating stuff.
If you’d like to contact the guy about these t-shirts, he doesn’t have a webpage yet (although I did mention WordPress to him), but can be emailed on [email protected], or 01278 426389. Based in Bridgwater, Somerset.
Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest.