Monday, December 08, 2008

clever or tasteless?

I just had a 2+2 moment.

Yesterday I passed a children's bicycle by liverpool street station. It was painted white and had a sign that said Dead Kids.

I assumed it was a shock-tactic promotion for a Drive Safely initiative.

Then this morning on the way to work I saw a poster for a new band, Dead Kids.

Impactful promotion? Yes. Tasteful? ummm...

4 Comments:

Anonymous Aaron said...

Sounds like they're ripping off the Ghost Bikes project.
http://www.ghostbikes.org/

10:42 am  
Blogger Andy Whitlock said...

they're most definitely referencing it yes. ghost bikes had more honourable intentions methinks!

10:46 am  
Anonymous Alistair Hall said...

I saw one by Old St roundabout - took some shots, just as a cyclist turned up to spray it black so people wouldn't notice it anymore.

Reckon it's a complete fail of an idea - hijacking a rather beautiful form of memorial and using it for marketing.

Grim and misjudged, aiming for shock value. Some things you just don't fuck with.

12:26 pm  
Blogger Andy Whitlock said...

I'm with you Alistair

12:28 pm  

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