Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Barbie in Sports Illustrated? Time to challenge gender marketing to children

Toy manufacturer Mattel’s recent marketing campaign in Sports Illustrated proves nothing quite kicks off an argument on the internet like the subject of children and advertising. Thanks to an advert taken out by Mattel, you can now get your scantily clad swimsuit edition advertised by Barbie. When you get over the initial shock of a hypersexualised […]

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

brandalism

documenting this project has been a little baby of mine. i was invited by the brandalism crew on a road tour – mostly nestled in the back of a blackened van with tall ladders, buckets of paste, artwork and a clutch of hi-vis vests. they’d try to put up over thirty billboards in five cities […]

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

local heroes: the olympic unwanted

The motto of the Games is “inspire a generation”. However, not everyone is enthused. Londoners from the poorest parts of the city facing major upheavals from losing their homes, livelihoods and public spaces to the mercy of a few weeks of medal-chasing over the summer. They believe that the Olympics gave local councils and big […]

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

boris. wot a cock.

…coming soon to a London Underground carriage near you….

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Wanna Buy a Tank?

For Sale. One Space Hijackers Tank. Last seen 01 April 2009 – at London’s G20 demonstrations – steaming down Bishopsgate with Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries blaring from its soundsystem. 11 careful owners all registered on the DNA database. Many of us popped our arrest cherry that day. Our mobile oppression palace was bedecked in […]

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The Ad the FT Refused to Print

Why? Libel. Apparently. Instead of redrafting the Amnesty International press release and passing the words off as my own [really? that happens in the press?], here’s a link to the press release. UPDATE: The ad is causing a bit of a stir in the FT newsroom. Emails are circulating amongst staffers, freelancers and management. In […]

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Cut and Fade Out: Juxtapoz Feature on Miss Bugs

My latest piece for Juxtapoz Magazine is a feature on London’s Miss Bugs. It’s strange because although I really like them as people, I know they’re capable of better work than what’s being produced. I wish they’d shake the fear of being labeled political and actually embrace that element in their work – collage and […]

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Dr D: UKIP Me Hanging On

Dr D‘s swipe at this year’s election campaign continues unabated. This time it’s on a billboard at the M4/A312 junction in London. Of his latest stick ‘em up he’s said: “I never thought I could cram in a reference to WWII graffiti, a has-been chat show host and a suspect political party on one board […]

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Using the Holocaust to Sell Double Glazing?

With adverts like this for Israeli telecommunications company cellcom, you might as well be. Or am I being overly moralistic about this? The tag line at the end says “After all, we’re what are we all after? Just a bit of fun.” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=210H8wavqbc] Activists in the West Bank village of Bi’lin staged their own mock […]