Using the ‘strike-through’ as a visual pun and playing on the ambiguity of ‘how do you spell that?’, it harks back to a time when protest was a broader and more ambitious artistic concept. How many twists does it take to make a bold statement these days?
This Spring, Magma has worked with British graphic designer and art director Kerry Roper to bring out four arresting t-shirts. What the four designs all have in common is a return to a very graphic language and a nostalgia for what t-shirts used to represent and how they used to function, with music t-shirts or protest t-shirts broadcasting bold (if not necessarily clear) statements to the world around. This is what t-shirts (and songs) do best: making highly ambiguous statements in a very direct manner.
Born in Aberdare, South Wales, in 1975, Kerry Roper is a graphic designer and art director. His work combines graphics, illustration and photography. An expert in visual communication, he has created visual campaigns for a great variety of clients, from a distinctive poster campaign for Snikers to the cover of the Guardian Guide. He has designed sleeves for record labels such as Hed Kandi, Peacefrog and Quiet City Recordings and had his work featured in numerous books, magazines and exhibitions.
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