These posters I drew have started appearing on the underground thanks to Special Patrol Group. They were inspired by Jeremy Hunt talking about us sending aid to Yemen to deal with the consequences of the bombs we sold to drop on Yemen. A lot of the weapons we sold to Saudi Arabia were made by MBDA, which is a missile company co-owned by Airbus and BAE Systems. As well as the thousands killed in the US/UK backed war in Yemen, the naval blockade by Saudi Arabia is causing a famine the UN has described as the deadliest in decades, and that 8 million people are "right on the brink of famine". The US has dispatched ships to reinforce the blockade. The Saudis rely on UK and US support for the bombing campaign, we have military personnel over there picking targets, processing intelligence, refuelling and rearming planes. The British military has also been training Saudi troops to fight in Yemen and teaching battlefield tactics to Saudi officers. The UK sending £4 million of aid is pointless while we still support and encourage the causes of that famine. We need to end our support for this war and put and end to the blockade immediately.
2018 has mostly been a year in which I fraudulently impersonated corporations and governments. It was a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who made it happen and who supported, bought, and shared my work. I really fucking appreciate it.
Here’s some of my favourite bits.
SHELL / HELL
After taking part in an anti-Shell greenwashing subvertising campaign, organised by Brandalism, Shell sent me a cease and desist regarding some Hell branded merch in my online shop.
Without the necessary means to fight them in court I used the one legal tool at my disposal: sarcasm. For some reason it worked. (see below)
In the end they stopped replying and left me to it. Since then I started selling a black version of the t-shirt with all profits going to anti-fracking organisations in the UK. There are still some left here.
Here's an article I wrote for the New Internationalist about Shell’s greenwashing festival ‘Make the Future’, our subvertising response to it and Shell’s legal threats against me.
I later found out Shell had added me to a list of anti-Shell artists (thanks guys).
While on residency with RRU News I attempted to sabotage The Sun’s advertising revenue with a fake leaflet sent to over 200 people working in the marketing department’s of The Sun’s advertisers. The card sets out a new pricing system for advertisers, in which they can pay more to have their advert placed directly next to the most attention grabbing terror stories. You can read the full leaflet here.
MINI DAILY MAIL
As part of the RRU residency I hand drew a Mini Daily Mail and gave it out on the streets of Liverpool.
I then did a Kickstarter to fund a reprint, added more pages, and sold almost 1500 copies. You can read the full thing online here, and also order a physical copy.
In response to the Bavarian ‘Kreuzpflict’ or ‘cross obligation’ law, I pretended to be the Prime Minister of Bavaria and sent inverted crucifixes to state buildings with instructions to hang them upside down.
Some more of my poster designs started appearing around London. The one above was done in collaboration with Veterans for Peace UK to commemorate the end of WWI. Others, like Jesus Christ Van Hire one below were done for no reason whatsoever. You can see all my subvertising work on a new page I added to my website.
I got quoted in this article about the Royal Navy museum acquiring my anti-Royal Navy posters, (the proceeds of which paid for an anti-Royal Navy poster campaign)
From the article: “Museums are an important record of the peaks and troughs of human civilisation,” he said. “I hope this exhibition is housed deep enough to survive the Royal Navy’s plan to destroy civilisation entirely if Britain loses a war.
“Nuclear bombs are suicide bombs – it is impossible to use these weapons without also killing ourselves. They are an expression of a genocidal and suicidal, not to mention very expensive, form of national insanity.”
ANTI-METRO/DAILY MAIL STICKERS
As part of my residency with RRU News I started an anti-Metro/Daily Mail sticker campaign in which we gave away a few thousand free stickers for people to add to Metro distribution points, reminding commuters that the Metro is owned by the Mail and that every copy you pick up makes the Daily Mail money.