One in particular struck me as very offensive.
Let me ask you a question.
We all hate our cell phone providers right? That's one thing I think all Americans can come together on. So let's assume we hate all of our cell phone providers and they all give terrible service, send us to foreign call centers, hang up on us and send us to collections over billing errors that they made that resulted in .01 outstanding balances. Strike any nerves?
With that assumption in place, what would you think of an ad that said this: (insert dramatic radio voice here.)
"We here at the insanely incompetent Acme phone are sick and tired of the service provided by Beta phone in Tallahassee. We know that if we took our poor connectivity, lousy network coverage and hideous call center in Bangladesh to Tallahassee, we could really show them a thing or two."
That's what this ad said. From a baby-kisser in Austin, it says "I'm sick and tired of those baby-kissers in Washington doing XYZ."
Really, buddy? Because one baby-kisser is pretty much the same as another. I don't prefer the baby-kisser I know, believe it or not. Perhaps you've never heard "familiarity breeds contempt." I would actually prefer a banana slug. To all of you. I'd prefer that the entire country be run by banana slugs. For one thing, I'm QUITE certain I don't have to pay for hookers for banana slugs. And if your entire marketing strategy hinges on the magical transformational powers of a difference in zip code, boy howdy do you need to be run out of the state on a rail.
Sadly, I don't currently own a banana slug stamp - I'll have to carve one from Undefined.
I do, however, own the cutest bunny stamp in the world - the insane cuteness of which has the power to erase all thoughts of politics from your mind in one, cleansing glance. Behold.
Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Basic Black
There - don't you feel better?
I didn't realize until after he was done - I probably colored 15 bunnies before I got one I liked - that he reminds me of the Velveteen Rabbit - someone had to point that out to me on FB. Your subconscious is a powerful creative force.
I love coloring, but it's not the easiest thing to do - at least, not for me. What I like to do is stamp 20 images on a piece of watercolor paper and experiment while I watch TV. I play with colors that work for shadows, complementary schemes and light and dark. This bunny started as light blue and the deep violet ended up looking pretty with it so I kept it. Sometimes I throw them all away, but I always learn something. This image is fun because it's small, so it's a great practice image. I'd rather do that than read about color theory any day. I learn with my fingers, it seems.
Hope your week is filled with bunnies and no politics. :)