Derby #283: Slogans for Animals
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Flipping Ben the Bird

Flipping Ben the Bird
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lyonscc


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Some fun with the American national bird and the urban legend of Ben Franklin's dismay at its choosing.

hardrockinmofo


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caramelarrow


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Great design!!! We have bald eagles (not real ones) all over the house.

Too bad if it prints it will be ashamedly, mistakenly, apologetically printed on an un-American shirt. I would absolutely love to wear this design on an American-made shirt and would buy numerous copies.

07/11/14

stancial


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While the design is clean and well-done, I really dismayed that you chose to replace the olive branches usually held in its right talons with dynamite. You've replaced balance with destruction and violence.

FYI, Ben Franklin's dislike for the use of the eagle is not urban legend, but rather documented in letters.

lyonscc


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stancial wrote:While the design is clean and well-done, I really dismayed that you chose to replace the olive branches usually held in its right talons with dynamite. You've replaced balance with destruction and violence.

FYI, Ben Franklin's dislike for the use of the eagle is not urban legend, but rather documented in letters.


I pondered about whether or not to use the olive branch or the dynamite. Since this was about mottos and branding, and since I'd already gone with the weaponry theme (with all the blades, etc.) and the 'in-your-face' motto, I chose the dynamite.

As a history nut, I'd thought the Ben Franklin opposition to the eagle was well-established, but then found a good deal of dispute about this, which got picked up in the Wikipedia article on the Bald Eagle, as well. So, in the end, I kept the title (which was close to the original motto I was considering) but then referred to it as Urban Legend, just to cover all the bases ;-)

autsey


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I'm usually a fan of your work. I agree that the dynamite is a poor choice. This seems to be a symbol of a nation that celebrates wartime and violence, not freedom and justice. In my opinion, it's well done but disrespectful- especially given current events. I wouldn't buy this shirt.
stancial wrote:While the design is clean and well-done, I really dismayed that you chose to replace the olive branches usually held in its right talons with dynamite. You've replaced balance with destruction and violence.

FYI, Ben Franklin's dislike for the use of the eagle is not urban legend, but rather documented in letters.

jabascus


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This is just disgraceful to me.


autsey wrote:I'm usually a fan of your work. I agree that the dynamite is a poor choice. This seems to be a symbol of a nation that celebrates wartime and violence, not freedom and justice. In my opinion, it's well done but disrespectful- especially given current events. I wouldn't buy this shirt.

lyonscc


quality posts: 5 Private Messages lyonscc
jabascus wrote:This is just disgraceful to me.


Sorry, no disrespect intended. I was going for a characterization of the eagle (kind of a brash, in-your-face kind of thing), not a political statement. (this was actually from a different design I was just finishing - a steampunk parody - and I stripped away all of the steampunk stuff to use in the design. I thought about pulling the dynamite and trying to do olive branches, but then decided that this was more about the eagle than trying to do a direct lift from the Great Seal.

PhilCarr


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You've got my vote, and apparently a lot more! Looks great; a turkey wouldn't be quite as impressive...

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