Fauxreel's latest intervention:
"the idea is based on two different trains of thought...
selling something to people that they don't need...
when i researched this, i discovered that one of the most over reaching markets in this sense was for products created for babies, actually products created for parents who think they need to keep up with the jones'...
the other thing i noticed through doing this research was that people, especially in canada, are having children later in life...
buying a plastic baby might help those who don't have one of their own yet to feel like they belong...
which is what advertising is all about...
selling you something you don't need so you'll feel like you belong...
so why not sell the whole baby to the folks not ready for one... completely ridiculous, perhaps slightly offensive, absolutely fun. "
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Shark Toof is a great LA-based street artist (see previous Shark Toof posts here
); he's pasted this poster around town recently, and it has been featured in a show at Gallery 1988
There's a 'street artist' called White Mike who pasted shark posters around LA, Washington DC
and a bunch of other cities. White Mike said the posters were part of an awareness campaign for shark population declines. There was an amusing episode where Jessica Alba was caught pasting with him in Oklahoma City
. Then speculation started that White Mike is really Hollywood photographer Michael Muller, and the campaign is less about awareness of shark population declines, and more about selling over-priced prints which are for sale for $10,000
- no mention of a donation to shark protection. It's interesting that an established fashion photographer would turn to street art, rather than a gallery or other traditional means to help boost his career.
So Shark Toof's image is a parody of White Mike & Jessica Alba getting chopped up, Chainsaw Massacre-style. The pasteup in the second image is over one of White Mike's sharks; Shark Toof reclaims his turf.
artist: Shark Toof
West Hollywood, Los Angeles
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