Thursday, April 12, 2012

Coincidence? I think not.

If you find yourself reading this blog post, I'm going to assume you know how much I love the artist formerly known as The Moustache Man. He was responsible for the beautiful curly-queue moustaches that artistically enhanced so many otherwise boring subway NYC ads for about a year, delighting many a weary commuter.

That is, until he got arrested for it.

Well, needless to say, myself and likely tens of thousands of other commuters have been missing his work since he was cruelly forced to hang up his sharpee; and still find ourselves scanning subway ads hoping to find an old "moustache" sighting.

I know for a fact I still do this - scan for moustaches. So imagine my surprise when I was on the Vernon-Jackson platform one morning - the same platform where I was entertained on a daily basis with his work - and I saw... THIS-

I didn't realize each borough had a different hair type...
really? REALLY?!

of course Staten Island gets the mullet
Wait... What?! Each borough has a different facial hair style?! What's going on here?? What are they talking about?! Although, come to think of it, I think the Bronx one is dead on...

Forget about the baffling facial hair styles chosen to represent each borough - I think this ad is an obvious nod to our very special friend, The Moustache Artist! Even though it's not the written word "Moustache", the fact that it's supposed to look like a defaced subway poster - with a moustache - and just so happened to be up in the same subway station where he used to do that very thing seems like way too much of a coincidence to me. In fact, I have never seen this ad in another subway station! Only this one!

So what's up, Braun? Were you inspired by the Moustache Artist? I think you were. And it was smart on your part because I, for one, would have totally ignored your ad otherwise.

Perhaps the Moustache Man deserves a cut of your sales...