When I worked in the foodhalls of Harrod's big London department store back in the 90's I was constantly being asked by tourists if I could hand over a plastic bag adorned with the gold lettered Harrod's logo. Most of the time the requests came from North Americans who I suppose thought that if they were seen walking around with a Harrod's bag people might consider them aristocratic or rich. In reality though, it just screamed out "I'm a tourist", or "I'm an idiot carrying around a tin of overpriced hard-as-a-rock shortcake". This was in contrast to the true Londoners who, when buying their bacon, often refused plastic bags, or "carriers" as they call them over there. One regular customer often reminded me that she didn't want a carrier because "she wasn't in the habit of being a walking advertisement."
Walk the streets of London and throughout the British Isles and you'll notice a great majority of Brits of the same mind. Canada to a lesser extent. Once you get to the United States, however, logos and corporate designs are everywhere... and everyone seems to be a walking billboard, on their shirts, baseball caps, pants, shoes, etc. Take a look around and you'll see for yourself, we've become all too accustomed to the visual pollution walking around. From time to time, it's fun to poke fun at the messages we're constantly bombarded with. The satirization of logos is a very common tool used by editorial cartoonists. Here are some of mine:
I've had a lot of fun at Hamilton's expense, especially around the time they were coming up with the new logo for the amalgamated city a few years back. Here's another one.
Posted at 10:50 am by Graeme_MacKay