WARNING: PICTURE HEAVY POST.
The reason I haven’t updated in a while now is because I was preparing this post, making sure I had enough content so that it didn’t feel bland or anything.
I like things that confuse me, that spark my curiosity. Those things you see around in the street that you witness but can’t help but wonder “Why?! What does this shit mean?!” One such case happened to me happened to me when I was a kid back in Venezuela. One good day, some dude with a lot of free time started posting around all over the city a simple little drawing of a “girl” who look fairly demonic. I was so intrigued by it I tried to do a lot of research on any sort of graffiti collectives in the city but couldn’t find one single reference or image of the little devil girl. I let it pass. The idea of one day kind of doing that same sort of thing never left me, and when I started studying at Florida State University in its Panama international campus, I saw the opportunity.
Now, I wasn’t gonna go about and create this fancy art and stuff and paste it around, I simply decided to have some fun and post whatever I felt like; The only difference being, I wanted people to interact with these posters, I wanted to know for sure there was someone out there who saw this and was intrigued enough with it to actively interact with the poster. I first started with this:
I based this one directly from this video which I find hilarious.
The tabs had the three options, Pet Doge, Snuggle Doge, Feed Doge. And when you flip them around, the outcome is always “THE DOGE IS PLEASED”. As an added bonus, when all the tabs were gone, I flipped the poster around and it said
This all took place in the space of a week. The next week I decided tabs were not enough, I needed more interaction from people, so I prepared this:
I attached a pen to the side of the poster (which was then swiftly stolen a bit later so I replaced it) and asked people whether they felt becoming a Pizza was awesome or not. Obviously if you give people the power to interact in any way they wanted with the poster it could turn a bit chaotic, and it did.
It was here when I decided I needed a little signature, as to let people know this was all coming from the same person. For this, I decided to honor my original inspiration, the little evil looking girl and whipped out this logo:
Why did I decide to go under the signature of “Sodoku Committer”? I can’t tell you (yet), but this was to be my anonymous ID.
That next week I was very busy but I didn’t wan’t to NOT post anything, so I decided to go easy and do something ERRYBODY LOVES SO MUCHHH!!! (Now that I notice, I did not take a picture of this one, so I’ll just post the .jpg file):
Yeah yeah, shame on me for making Rick Astley jokes in 2010+3, but I couldn’t think of anything else at the moment so yeah.
The next week I put up this one:
I simply commanded people to write something nice for others to see, here’s the outcome:
I really like the guy who just wrote “NOICE” on the first line because that was exactly what I expected someone to do.
The semester was over and so I had two weeks to prepare more crappy posters. And so I did (here I switched to a Lumia 920, so the quality of photos is MUCH better):
I put the “special prize” just because I like messing with people.
That same week, I put this simple one up which was a result of me playing with Adobe Kuler one night, and this “joke” my best friend and I read on a book about philosophy and jokes (gotta love that purple and green contrast):
In spite of a brief spark of speculation on a new Valve ARG, I decided to make this simple one with the face of the almighty Gaben in it:
And finally, we get to the last one I’ve done. I think it is so far, the most elaborate one.
I colored a couple myself to give an example on what was the goal. Three days later the result is nothing short of amazing:
aside from the couple of SM0K3 W33D EVERYDAY BLAZE IT 420 drawings there, I was pretty satisfied with the result of my “color me gaben” experiment, and against my own predictions, none of the color pencils were stolen, so yay for that!
Will I keep making these? Maybe. I have a couple of ideas I would like to try out in the future. What I enjoy the most of making these posters is to see people’s reactions when they come across them. People take pictures of them, call their friends to see them, share them, interact with them, and sometimes, just sometimes simply wonder “Why is this here?”.