Need That Merch To Feed That Jones

For years, millions of dollars in unlicensed Grateful Dead merchandise was sold outside of the band’s concerts by its tour-hungry fans. The band did crack down on it a bit after 1987, when “Touch of Grey” was on the radio, Macy’s started stocking tie-dyes and non-Deadhead criminal networks started hawking goods in the lot. Since […]

Amazon Wants To Protect Its Pricing, But At What Cost?

What is the battle to avoid paying sales tax in states where it has a physical presence doing to the Amazon brand? According to The New York Times, the standoff between Amazon and California is simple: the state passed a law at the beginning of the summer requiring online retailers with a physical presence in […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Blaine’s Pretty Profound Non-Billboard

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On the outskirts of Blaine, Wash., a small town north of Bellingham, near the Canadian border, is home to this critical-of-advertising art installation from Lead Pencil Studio. Lead Pencil’s Daniel Mihalyo says, “this permanently open aperture between nations works to frame nothing more than a clear view of the changing atmospheric conditions beyond.” “Non-Sign II” […]

Let Me Guess, The Unemployed Are Lazy? What A Crock Of Shit

Change.org | Free Online Petition Tools for Social Change

Change.org is a hotbed of citizen activism against corporate tyranny. The site is host to petitions that ask Hershey’s to stop exploiting student guestworkers; tell New Balance to stop supporting anti-gay politicians; and another meant to get McDonald’s to stop buying pork from producers who use gestation crates. There’s also a campaign to get Monster.com […]

Citizens for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow Is The Real Deal

Stephen Colbert is a culture jammer. By day he lampoons conservative talk show hosts by pretending to be one, by night he runs a Super PAC, spending real, not funny, money in the Republican race for U.S. President. According to The New York Times, Colbert applied for status as a Super PAC with the Federal […]

A Feast For Untired Eyes

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I keep wanting to click on more and more pages of Flavorwire, the blog by Flavorpill, “a network of culturally connected people.” Because the site points to a multitude of visual oddities and things that make one wonder. Like “Masks for the Modern Tribe” by artist Jud Wimhurst. The contemporary masks he envisions are adorned […]

Are We Artists With An Income, Or Unconscious Pacifiers?

It’s perverse I suppose, but I like to see resistance to advertising. My reason for this is simple enough–I want bad advertising eradicated from our culture. It’s a tall order, but it’s one we can handle. All we need to do is guide our clients toward their brand truths, and show them how to best […]

Goodby Embraces Criticism Of New Milk Campaign

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With criticism of its new “Milk can help reduce the symptoms of PMS” campaign all over the web, Goodby Silverstein & Partners has shifted tactics. The campaign’s website, EverythingIDoIsWrong.org, now points to GotDiscussion.org. The site links to many of the articles and blog posts that discussed the campaign, and also provides a forum for more […]