Modern marketing has led to the public's near constant exposure to various forms of branding, though, for the time being, the most painful seems to be reserved exclusively for Katy Perry. For shirts/prints from a local artist who subverts branding through his art, Gross National Products.
Just launching an e-store after over a decade in the graphics game, Seattle-based designer Shawn Wolfe uses multiple media (t-shirts, gig posters, wooden signs, etc.) to create colorful pop pieces that play with consumerism (he once created an entire campaign for a product that didn't exist) and tweak corporate messages, a practice known as culture jamming, also what the Club was forced to resort to after Boy George dedicated himself full time to heroin. Some of his choicest work includes:
GNP Poster Series: A collection of five prints that plays with traditional ways of thinking, including a Pepto-pink beggars' sign that reads "Will Work For Money Forever", and a stripes on stripes number that, while supplies last, is offering kicks in the nuts, which, for a business plan, is pretty ballsy.
NOWHERE Skate Deck: This purposefully worn-looking deck resembles the siding of an old house, and was created for Cap Hill gearist 35th North's skate art exhibition Hang Loose -- a bit of a Shaka given the prevalence of skinny jeans in that 'hood.
Guided By Voices: This limited edition gig poster was produced for the band's October Showbox performance and is based on a classic image of Pete Rose sliding into third base, which ironically enough, was the very act that got so many middle schoolers banned from Taylor Allen's basement.
The GNP e-store is also stocked with ironically graphic'd tees, ranging from a sign emblazoned-number reading "Ready Fire Aim", to one proclaiming its wearer to be a "Person of Interest", a state of being that hopefully won't last more than one album after Katy stops kissing girls.