Friday, May 11, 2012

Marc Jacobs Attack T

It was inevitable.

On Tuesday morning, I first reported that the Marc Jacobs store on Mercer Street had been attacked by hot-pink graffiti. The tipster who sent the photos asked the workers cleaning up, "Is this an art show or marketing or vandalism?" The workers responded that someone had made a "joke."

Marc Jacobs twitter screenshot

Other blogs followed up and discovered that the work had been done by graffiti artist Kidult and that Jacobs was making the most of it by tweeting pics of the vandalism. On Twitter, Jacobs acolytes praised the image as "cool," "so cool," and "sweeet" [sic].

Now Jacobs has apparently come out with a t-shirt featuring the "attack," calling it "Art by Art Jacobs."

Reports High Snobiety, "It certainly looks a lot like Marc Jacobs, the brand, and Kidult have been working together in this marketing stunt. The t-shirt costs 689 USD and 680 USD, signed by the artist and is available in one size, only at the Marc Jacobs store on Mercer Street in New York."

That's $689. For a t-shirt.

from earlier this week

I'm not entirely convinced this started off as a marketing stunt, though it's certainly possible. My tipster was on the scene at 8:30 AM--why would Jacobs have four workers out there, first thing in the morning, furiously scrubbing off paint from the night before if they'd intended it to be there? Maybe the clean-up added authenticity, but they could have waited until at least 10:00, for maximum buzz, when most of the bloggers and tweeters were awake on the streets to capture this.

As for Kidult, he once stated in an interview: "At some point, all these shops have used graffiti culture as a commercial image, riding the trend without being a part in the least and for which the only point is to make some cash. All I say to them is 'hello'; if these brands really like graffiti, I only give them what they like, so what if it’s beautiful or ugly. We gotta stop these brands from dictating a culture that belongs to us." Has he had second thoughts?

High Snobiety posted the t-shirt, but no link to Marc Jacobs' site, and I have to wonder: Is the t-shirt real or yet another riff, another twisted loop in the Mobius strip of hyperreality?

Thanks to Alex in NYC for sending in the tip about the t-shirt--and this incredible, hyper self-referential hall of mirrors Marc Jacobs label, which also may or may not be real.

See Also:
Marc Jacobs Attacked
More Jane, Less Marc
The Future is Marc


Ms. said...

Damn the mADmen--Amen and Capital, a marriage made and made and made again!

esquared™ said...

Again, see...

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Little Earthquake said...

Why give them more publicity?

Little Earthquake said...

You are just feeding their publicity machine.

randall said...

Who the hell is Art Jacobs anyway?

I wonder if he means old Arthur Jacobson?

I hate when people start believing in their own bullshit.

Really?!?!?! Art By Art Jacobs?

and almost 700$ for what is probably a 2$ pink T-shirt. With that much pink you'd at least expect Susan G. Komen to be in on the deal too. Who is desperate enough to fit in that they'd pay that much for anything piece of clothing?

Marie/Underground Crafter said...


Nathan said...

The "Jacobs by Marc Jacobs...." label is absolutely authentic. I've seen them myself. I think it's a joke, only because it seems that something so ridiculous must be a joke, but I'm never quite sure. (And if someone had said, even 7 years ago, that Jacobs would be the dominant retail presence in West Village, I would have though that was a ridiculous joke as well, so...)

Makeout said...

Hmm.. Think they'll take a check?

Laura Goggin Photography said...

On one hand, I have to hand it to any business owner who can roll with it...but $680?! Ugh, just go away already.

Anonymous said...

This isn't really related to the article but, I been reading this blog and it reminds me about my father. See, I guess you'd call him the anti-tourist. He hates crowds, tourist traps because of the crowds and we never have much money so we stay away from those expensive places tourists like to go mostly because he hates how fake happy the servers are. My dad takes us to places where, "the only people that are here, live here." I remember one time, my mom begged my dad to let us be tourists for once and take us to Hollywood, we went to a McDonald's and he said, "There, we went to Hollywood." I wondered once what New York would be like if every tourist was like him, but then I think it'll still end up the way it is now. Anyway, it's not really anything related but I thought it might make someone smile and my mom really wants to go to New York if we ever have the money, and I'm sure my dad will hate it, what with the Marc Jacobs everything and whatnot.