This started as a dig at BP, and it wound up being a really subtle one instead.
The girl in a bikini with the gas mask is meant to represent the devastation that BP is doing to the Gulf Coast, as well as to the beaches of Florida. The fact of the matter is, at the rate this is going, the only way you can go to the beach is by wearing protective clothing. OK, so maybe she isn’t THAT well protected, but you get the point.
In the design process for the poster, I had a really weird feeling about the design process and I decided to basically let the piece design itself. Sounds odd, I know, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
I wanted to go for an gas poster look from the 1950’s or earlier, and the flat colors were part of that. The font choice was done to reinforce the idea as well. It seems odd, but “OTEP” seems to have a sort of weird feeling to it in whatever context it’s in, and in this one it just feels like the name of an oil company. I don’t know why, but it just seemed to work.
That said, the girl in the gas mask wearing a bikini was the main idea and I think I got a great poster out of this. It feels a little weird and awkward, but it actually helps in giving you a creepy feeling about the poster and kinda draws you into it.
OTEP, iwrestedabearonce, and Stray from the Path will all be playing at the Wizzards Lounge at 3801 Chestnut Street June 26th at 7PM. I’ve actually never been there before, so I can’t say much, but hey, it’s OTEP. It’s bound to be one damn good show!