Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The 'History' of the 2009 Propaganda Campaign

    Let me start off by explaining that the mission here is to fill in some space between now and the beginning of the season. In doing that I'll explain references, historic and otherwise, as well as what is going on in the posters. In trying to be true to form, I will explain Simply Red Scare as our jersey numbers, a la The Prisoner (a British series from the sixties that had a collectivism/ indoctrination slant to it and one man's quest for individualism- heavy). But don't be surprised when some things are just plain subjective.

(Close your eyes and imagine the Dating Game theme playing here (or to you smart folks, Spanish Flea by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass). I will learn how to put music where it needs to be then the Blog will be even more threatening with it's over the topness!)  

    Myself and TDFC6 are responsible for the art. We chose the style cause it's fun to do and pretty dynamic and the obvious want to spread the word about the Tartan Devils FC- propaganda style- get it?- the Blog seemed to have to go with it. Some posters are a direct homage to an original. Some started that way, then we got a little sidetracked, but the feel of them is always within the format. We replaced imagery that suited our needs and made it pertinent to the 'thing', along with some actual quotes from commies. Sometimes it was only a matter of having something that simply appealed to us and we went with it. There are nods to those that help and support us, like the guys that hand screened the posters from
    The colors are all black, red, grey, and white and that is intentional (a fair amount of black and red in communism, yeh?), as the squads colors are black and red. Happenstance really, but it plays well into the whole thing. If our colors where orange and purple we would have used those for our images, thankfully that wasn't the case. Black and red is way punk rock. Some might claim that a certain EPL club was the basis of our kit colors. We'll leave that to conjecture. Each poster took about 6 hours to design and execute, sometimes more. I'm the sketch things out guy with a plan and a funny way of thinking. TDFC6 has amazing computer skills, realization of visions, and always something to add. We both went to art school, although she designs for a living while I should go back to school and learn how to use a computer.

    The writing is also a collaboration. If you see a lot of 'glory' this and 'glorious' that, that would be TDFC18 and the literary tricks of agitprop discussing the struggle.  He's a teacher who has an interest in literature and composition, history, cultural studies and Marxism. He started his formal study of Marx in the early 1990s and it has only grown since then. There some smarty pants degrees mixed in there too. His writing comes across as if the new day truly is dawning on the perfect system, TDFC.
    Any scathing, venomous, seemingly on the verge of Kim Jong Il crazy comes from TDFC22. He's MMA fighter masquerading as a librarian with multiple degrees, including a masters in history. During graduate school he wrote several papers on American Anarchists. He was a card carrying member of the Industrial Workers of the World and a one time member of the Democratic Socialist Party. Classic political punk and a politically minded grandfather formed early leftist leanings.
    Both those guys are heavy on the facts. Anything that looks like a play on words or some bullshit, that would usually be me. All the same, it comes together to further the cause of making Tartan Devils FC always come out ahead, always look better than the opposition, and always something you want. Win, lose, or draw.

    So there's some background. We do it for fun. Have fun yerselves. Buy our stuff.

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