Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mike Mitchell and the ubiquitous Anti-Trump sign

Artwork by Mike Mitchell
We all know signs which have transcended to become international messages - think of the Peace sign which is now spread all over the world. It was designed by Gerald Holtom for a march for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1958. Interestingly Holtom never copyrighted the sign.
Another example is Milton Glaser and his "I love NY" logo. The logo did get a copyright eventually ten years down the line, but even right now many of the items it is printed on are not even licensed.
The Museum Of Modern Art New York has acquired the original set of emoji as part of its collection which was released in 1999 by Japanese mobile provider NTT DoCoMo. The 176 symbols are now part of the museum's permanent collection.
Which bring us to Mike Mitchell and the anti-Trump sign. First thing that pops us is a swastika - a closer inspection shows "45" but so close together they actually look like a swastika when they represent that Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. Add the universal symbol of "no" on top of it and suddenly an instant  logo is created. To read the story behind it, go here.
On a separate but easily comparable note, Bobby Hundreds - from The Hundreds brand - issued these anti-Trump works.
If you wish to download a high resolution version of them, then please go here.