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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Raise Your Hand if You Are the American Apparel Penis Bandit

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 11:59 AM

There's been much ado about American Apparel and the penis in the past, namely the company's proclivity for using them (and other bathing suit parts) in their advertisements. But recently, a new trend has been taking San Francisco by storm. Apparently, someone doesn't think AA is pushing the envelope enough and has been going around adding sexual content to their most recent porny campaign. The ad below, posted on the side of GGP Market, was snapped at 24th Street and Alabama by Vanessa Carr:
click to enlarge 24th St. and Alabama, in the Mission
  • 24th St. and Alabama, in the Mission
And I snapped the seemingly innocent picture below (also posted on the GGP Market, on the opposite wall):

24th St. and Alabama, in the Mission
  • 24th St. and Alabama, in the Mission
But look closely and you'll see the remnants of a body part that AA only intended its viewers to psychically impose on the model:

click to enlarge aa_dick_closeup.jpg


because at some point the graffiti was obscured. Which raises the

question: Who is tasked with removing penises from American Apparel


Meanwhile, Uptown Almanac posted this slightly more obtuse

version, in which a pretty flower takes the place of a cock. (One may

be tempted to argue that the GGP Market specimens should be counted as

one example and not two, but in "journalism" everyone knows that it

takes a three-count to constitute a "trend", so we're just going to go

ahead and count that as two, thanks very much.)

What is it about

this particular series of American Apparel ads that demands

phallification? Is it the pose? The simple silhouette? One thing is

certain: Only the American Apparel Penis Bandit (or Penis Gang!) knows.

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