Brandalism Gives Ad Industry the Finger

Well, it may or may not be giving the figurative finger, but I have a feeling that I am not way off base in saying that. We’ve all had our encounters with advertising. In fact, a day does not go by without us being exposed to it. If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for certain things, but we cannot deny that there are things that could be improved in this sector.

I will not go into the ethics and politics of the advertising industry, mainly because I do not think I am qualified to do that, but the guys who run Brandalism might be able to offer some insights.

Brandalism is a project based in the UK which aims to challenge the authority and legitimacy of the advertising industry. The project draws its inspiration from the work of Sean Tejaratchi, a British street artist whose work also served as material for Banksy.

More on the ideals of Brandalism:

The Brandalism project seeks to draw connections between various disciplines, countries and themes by creatively interpreting information from the wide network of sources that have helped to shape the project. The Brandalism project sees representatives from arts; community; activist; third sector and academic networks coming together to share their perspectives and expertise for this project. We also see 24 prominent artists from 8 countries responding to this collaborative venture from diverse disciplines – street art; graffiti; illustration; political art; photo montage and culture jamming.

They have published excellent images of the work of the artists who have collaborated for this project, the culmination of eight months of work. The Brandalism billboards are created by artists from all over the world and can be spotted in 33 spots in five cities throughout the UK. Here are some of the most striking ones.

For more of the Brandalism billboards, you can visit their web site. The images are licensed under Creative Commons, so you can share them all over the place!

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