Archive for the ‘Subverts’ Category

Taking it to the streets (part 5)

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

More billboard masterpieces for your delight…

Poster crime soars but Labour puts gloss on it
Anlaby Road, Hull (Thanks Bobby)

Imagine 5 more years of bliss

I'd still think Tories are scum

Wood Lane, London (Thanks to Cybermuppet)

It’s my party…

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Channel 4 log

Fed up of the usual election news?

Channel 4′s coverage takes a surreal turn with their spoof political broadcasts.

They commissioned films for the three main parties from Lee Ford and Dan Brooks, the duo responsible for the controversial ‘suicide bomber’ spoof VW Polo ad.

Ford said:

“We set about creating the kind of broadcasts the three main parties would like to make if there were no regulations and they didn’t have to be politically correct.”

See all three at

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

How will spending £35 billion less on public services improve them?

UNISON has launched a spoof ad campaign based on Tory election posters.

The public service union’s version of the billboards asks:

“‘What are the Tories thinking of? – use your vote to stop them’

We couldn’t agree more. More details at the UNISON site.

Taking it to the streets (part 4)

Monday, April 25th, 2005

Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Of course not.

Here’s another bumper crop of defaced Tory billboards.

As one visitor noted, what they lack in subtlety, they gain in enthusiasm.

Imagine 5 Tory years of shit

Hospital killers bugs treble since Tories

How would you feel if the Tories won this erection?

Stupid Tory bastards

Tory racists

Who’s in Hackney?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Hackney map

We understand there’s an outstanding example of Tory billboard subvertising beneath the bridge at Hackney Central Station, East London.

Do send us a photo if you see it (thanks Joff).

We are not amused

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Conservative candidate Rob Wilson looks miffed in Friday’s Reading Evening Post.

Is it his iffy tweed suit? His party’s questionable policies on immigration?

Sadly, no. Instead, someone has added the strapline “Are you smoking what we’re smoking?” to his pride-and-joy poster.

Thanks to Lawrie for the scan.

Taking it to the (Fleet) streets

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

How would you feel if Michael Howard attacked your daughter?

The Guardian Diary brings news of more creative copywriting.

Wags in Tottenham have added Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken’s signatures to the poster asking “How would you feel if a bloke on day release attached your daughter?”.

Elsewhere in London N17, the question “How difficult is it to keep a hospital clean?” has been answered: “You should know – you contracted out hospital cleaning.”

Marvellous stuff. In the absence of images, we’ve borrowed Conservative campaign tactics and knocked something up in Photoshop instead.

Update: MetaFilter users cut to the questions that matter:

“Who would vote for a party who can’t even do joined-up writing?”

Taking it to the streets (part 3)

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Thanks to everyone who’s sent photos of redecorated billboards in. Keep them coming to

Tottenham, London (Thanks Paul)


Wokingham Road, Reading

London Road, Reading

See also: Subverts

Conservative copywriting: Do it yourself

Monday, April 11th, 2005

Conservative copywriting

Pathetic with a paint can? Help is at hand for those unwilling to deface Tory billboards.

Stuart Langridge has made it easy to make your own Conservative campaign ads online.

Simply enter your slogan, and the site will generate a picture perfect replica ready for download.

Do e-mail us your work.

We also enjoyed this thread about everybody’s favourite Conservative poster campaign.

See also: Make your own Conservative poster.

Subvertising: Do It Yourself

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

Paint brush

Fancy rewriting those pesky Conservative campaign posters? It’s easy*…

  • Choose a slogan – you’ll find ideas here
  • Print it out – use 450pt Tahoma (bold capitals) for footer text, experiment to match body text
  • Stick it up – wallpaper paste will hold, add PVA glue to waterproof

For tips ‘n’ tricks from the pros, try Smashing the Image Factory, a manual of billboard subversion.

*It’s also illegal, kids, so don’t do it without Michael Howard’s express permission. We can’t be held responsible if you end up going down for a ten stretch. But do keep the photos coming of other people’s handiwork.

UPDATE: Readers of a nervous disposition may prefer the virtual Conservative poster generator.