2 new poster designs…
As well as gigs I’m now available for radical left wing poster designs too
3 new poster designs…
…for Bristol’s Qu Junktions.
End of days - Mexico, S. Carolina & New York
This last post is long overdue. The trip has ended, I’m back on English soil. I’ve had an excellent time, but I’m happy to be home. My rehabilitation has been helped by a joyous start to the English summer, and a rather relaxed approach to paid work. This travel blog needs an end though, so here be the last 3 or 4 weeks of my trip. Beginning with a holiday within a holiday in Peurto Penasco, Mexico, which consisted entirely of sea swimming and Margaritas. Then I cheated by flying to Charleston, South Carolina - also very good. Virginia Beach next - not so good, think poundland version of Miami. Finally, New York, which was an absolute joy. A great host, and an excellent apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I love New York, but not quite enough to buy the t-shirt.
Thanks America, see you next time.
Given that America was and still is to an extent a pioneering nation, a country at the forefront of new stuff that said “we’re gonna bloody well go out and get that thing that we want, and no man from any of those other countries is gonna stop us, and we’re gonna build that thing they said we couldn’t build and sell stuff to people even though it’s useless stuff and they don’t really want it, we’re gonna do it anyway because we can, and we’re gonna get really rich off it, and more powerful than all those other places and the more we do this the better we’re gonna get at doing it” - it’s remarkable that their advertising is so unsophisticated. 9 out 10 television adverts will consist of a man or woman, often CEO of the company, standing in front of the camera and telling you that you should buy their product. The goal of American adverts doesn’t seem to be about creating something that will stick in your sub-concious or that will even get you thinking. The goal seems to be to find the man or woman with the most sincere sounding/looking voice/face. And of course the obvious hallmarks of sincerity are good teeth, well groomed hair, yacht wear and a happy demeanor. The problem seems to me though, not whether they are telling the truth - for they are all such fine specimens that they surely are - but whether, since they are all so endlessly generic, I will be able to remember anything about any of it once the advert has finished.
One clever alternative to this 20 second template however is to take the wholesome, well groomed preacher and surround him by sexy sceptics and take on the style of The Oprah Winfrey show. Surely you’ll believe him now that the pretty idiots are convinced? (see 1st video below)
In these hard times though, it’s not possible for some companies to pay for actors who can smile with all their teeth, and when this happens, it’s time to turn to the general public, actual customers, the 2nd most sincere thing. (see 2nd video below)