Mar 22, 2011  •  In Art/Design, Funny, Geek, Personal

Historically Hardcore

Artist Jenny Burrows and her copywriter friend Matt Kappler created these mock ads during school for inclusion in their portfolio…and it went viral.

The posters initially had the Smithsonian name and logo at the bottom, but the museum, who was none too pleased with the attention, asked for the association to be removed. (I personally don’t quite understand why the museum chose to do this — I think it’s great publicity that would only help draw in younger generations.)

Check out the rest of the story on Jenny’s blog. I sincerely hope that she gets a chance to create more of these “Historically Hardcore” ads in the near future!

Via My Modern Metropolis.

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6 Responses to “Historically Hardcore”

  1. Rachael says:

    I totally agree – why would they want it removed? This is genius, and they should totally pick it up as a real ad campaign!

  2. So clever – I love this!

  3. Emme says:

    I love these – but I totally understand why the Smithsonian asked for their logo to be removed.

    I’m a member of the marketing department at a museum in Canada, and there are legal issues with the fact that the student didn’t have rights to use those images.

    But more importantly, I’d have huge concerns with maintaining a consistent brand image. And though they’re fantastic posters, they might run the risk of offending high-level patrons, funders and donors; something I deal with every day. Awesome creative gets axed all the time – one of the unfortunate realities of institutional red tape.

  4. These are awesome! I agree; the museums should be eating up the publicity.

  5. Stephanie says:

    These are hilarious. What a fun funny thing. Good find! 🙂

  6. Tiffany says:

    Bahahha! Brilliant! Love them!

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