Thursday, January 22, 2009

Poster Boy and media mixing

So when I was in New York I was fascinated by how quickly people jumped on the pasted-up advertisements in the subways. They're sticky and disposible, and within minutes of a new run somebody comes along and slashes away portions, re-assembling them into hilarious and subversive on-the-spot collages.

Photo from Poster Boy on Flickr

It's great. It's like instant counter-capitalism. Some perfected ad campaign is spewed out to get consumers to buy some new thing, and the masses instantly critique and satirize it.

My buddy Luke pointed out Poster Boy to me, who has elevated this practice to his chosen art form:

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