New York Dumb - Not-so-clever graffiti on New York advertising posters
By Hardscrabble Projects
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New York Dumb showcases more than a hundred examples of rude, crude and not-so-clever poster defacements found in the underground world of the New York City subway system. A dim-witted gallery of mustaches, zombie eyes, broken teeth, smart-alecky remarks, and anatomically absurd doodles — NYD is the collected works of a fed-up crowd sending a counter message to the powerhouses of popular communication. It’s New York attitude meets New York advertising savvy, with dumb and disrespectful results.
-- More than a hundred examples of classic poster modifications; mustaches, zombie eyes, knocked out teeth, doodled ding-dongs and very rude comments
-- Zoom in on comment defacements for a closer, weirder look
-- Expandable thumbnails of the posters present the comments in their original pop-cultural context
-- Captions with each poster recap the headline (often as weird and unclever as the the comments)
-- Nine of the most critical defacement types are gathered in special galleries for quick comparison
-- Swipe through the screens one by one or scan for favorites in thumbnail or contents views
-- An introductory essay gives a brief explanation of the New York subway’s advertising environment and New Yorker’s perverse relationship to it; part idiotic, part confrontational, all disrespectful.
Galen Smith is the author, photographer and designer of New York Dumb, he is also the author of the acclaimed book New York D!©k published by Mark Batty Publisher. He is Principal/Creative Director of Hardscrabble Projects, designers and developers of digital and printed books, and a dedicated documenter of poster defacements.
For more information on New York Dumb please vist www.newyorkdick.org (it’s not just dickish, it’s dumb too!)
Funny (but rarely smart) graffiti doodles and comments
I really enjoyed this app, funny, strange, great photos of very old school style graffiti, pre-tag, pre-free style. Really dopey comments and doodles that are totally dissing these ads, which truthfully are also really dopey and deserve what they get. The interactivity is simple and works fine, it's bookish, or a lot like an iPad magazine. Dumb stuff aimed at us all, and New Yorker's dumb comments that speak for us all, a very creative team.