Yep. You saw it right, ANOTHER post about the Olympics. It’s no secret we are big fans of the games, indeed we’ve written about them a lot! But only now have we allowed ourselves to take a look at the more subversive side. After only touching on Banksy’s stencil, this time we’re interested in protest graphics and it’s great stuff as you’d expect from an Olympics that practically got the ball rolling for them.
First off, some more street art of a different style to Banksy. Controversy struck as this hard-hitting Clown Town mural by Mau Mau is wiped clean only days after it’s creation. The artist claims he obtained permission for the work which is at the heart of the matter. Mau Mau certainly knows how to make a memorable image, which is maybe why he was banned from Olympic venues and London public transport.
You’d be hard pressed to ignore this! A giant mural was projected onto an office block by the campaign group War on Want, protesting the sweatshop treatment of many Adidas employees. A similar group of activists, Space Hijackers appointed themselves “official protesters” of the Olympics and flouted the brand police in a hilarious style all the while highlighting commercial use of public space. Speaking of brand police, this Mens Hire shop in London saw the brand guidelines as a chance to stretch the powers of association to humorous effect. What guts!
It’s no surprise Graphic Designers got in on the act too. Barnbrook studio created this pictogram font called “Olympukes” which expertly captures the controversial stories surrounding the games with expert minimalism. The sponsorship muzzling of architects responsible for the games provoked New London Architect chair to design and distribute this blatantly brilliant protest tshirt. Create your own here.
Finally, the big guns amnesty international created this graphic to attack Dow Chemical an Olympic sponsor and funder of the 7million pound wrap around the stadium. It’s great to see that so many things can inspire great graphic responses, and that actually the most controversial subjects can incite the most visceral and effective graphics around. Are there any we’ve missed that caught your eye? Let us know!