From the notorious flapper girls in the roaring 1920s to punk rock 50 years later, fashion has continually thrived on controversy as well as innovation. This desire to shock can sometimes spectacularly backfire and cause public outrage.
The controversial tote bag shown above was designed by Trevor Jackson, a London-based art director, music producer and DJ who has worked with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Massive Attack and U2.
Ever since creating the original tote bag design, Jackson’s slogan has been bootlegged and copied onto different types of bags around the world.
“This bag contains a gun, a bomb, a very large knife and loads of drugs.”
Taking today’s heightened fear of terrorism into account, any bag with the words “contains a bomb” printed on it could either be described as half-witted or hip. It all depends on your point of view.
But if there is one place where such hipster humour isn’t encouraged, it’s at an airport security check-in. The Sun newspaper recently called a tourist in Malaysia an “airhead” and “probably the world’s dimmest traveller” for carrying a drawstring bag with Jackson’s slogan into the international airport at Kuala Lumpur.
Luckily for him and his fellow passengers, the authorities didn’t spot the wording on his bag this time, and the airport wasn’t put on an alert or lockdown. Not sure if this guy would risk using the same bag in London, New York or Paris right now.
Tote Bag Talkin’
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