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January 13, 2005 8:52 AM   Subscribe

Blue Anus A small, mysterious neon sign in a window on the fourth floor.
posted by growabrain (64 comments total)

 
I don't want to be exposed to that sort of thing, thank you very much.
posted by veedubya at 8:54 AM on January 13, 2005


The glowing red cock on the right is staring at the distant, beckoning purple anus.


Well it is.
posted by dhoyt at 9:00 AM on January 13, 2005


Well, the 'rollover' image dosn't seem to have been taken from the street, so it couldn't be all that mysterious.
posted by delmoi at 9:01 AM on January 13, 2005


Some hipster paid money to make a dumb joke? Wow. Completely impressive.
posted by xmutex at 9:01 AM on January 13, 2005


Excellent point, delmoi.

The bar in the foreground is called "The Cock." The semiotics aren't that difficult to figure out.
posted by thirdparty at 9:06 AM on January 13, 2005


dhoyt, it's trying to avert its eyes, but can't, for reasons that I don't fully understand yet.
posted by veedubya at 9:06 AM on January 13, 2005


That's got nothing on this puppy.
posted by 31d1 at 9:11 AM on January 13, 2005


"Je sus" I'd get confused by that french too.
posted by TwelveTwo at 9:13 AM on January 13, 2005


Perhaps it's a misspelling of "je suce"?
posted by soyjoy at 9:31 AM on January 13, 2005


Additional: Too bad this is not selling anything, as then I could make the joke it was AnusBlue.. har har har.
posted by TwelveTwo at 9:33 AM on January 13, 2005


I don't get it, where do I put my credit card number in?

The connection between the cock and the anus is undeniable.
posted by fenriq at 9:36 AM on January 13, 2005


I've seen a Black Angus Steakhouse with the proper letter's neon burned out resulting in the wonderfully enticing:
"Black An us"
posted by afx114 at 9:47 AM on January 13, 2005


Courtesy of the Billboard Liberation Organization.
posted by fandango_matt at 9:52 AM on January 13, 2005


Some hipster paid money to make a dumb joke? Wow. Completely impressive.
posted by xmutex at 11:01 AM CST on January 13



Wait, so we can blindly attribute anything to "hipsters" now? Or just things that we don't like? Awesome. Now I have an excuse for any occasion- "The hipsters did it!" (Really, I think this is more a function of Alphabet City than expert-level irony, which I assume was what you were implying)
posted by Swampjazz! at 9:52 AM on January 13, 2005


Hipsters are the terrorists of 2005. Coming soon: "War Against Hip."
posted by TwelveTwo at 9:54 AM on January 13, 2005


I'm already warming up my Sharpies for a "Not in my name" protest sign.
posted by Plutor at 10:04 AM on January 13, 2005


Anti-hip is the new black.
posted by Specklet at 10:06 AM on January 13, 2005


So, should they change the name of that street to "Taint Lane"?
posted by papakwanz at 10:07 AM on January 13, 2005


www.turnyourbackontheblueanus.com

Wait. Maybe a bad idea.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:09 AM on January 13, 2005


"War Against Hip."

Well they do have a secret underground network, although I think it's more about shows than blowing stuff up.

But who know, that might change at any second ...

Then again, it's not like a "war against x" actually needs any real justification,
if you just keep saying it long enough - it will happen.
posted by milovoo at 10:10 AM on January 13, 2005


** Best post ever **
posted by Balisong at 10:10 AM on January 13, 2005


Quick, everyone get pissed at the neon sign and express how much more clever you are.
posted by angry modem at 10:11 AM on January 13, 2005


Does it have anything to do with this?
posted by cmicali at 10:14 AM on January 13, 2005


thanks cmicali, that's hilarious!
posted by mr.marx at 10:26 AM on January 13, 2005


Suhweet.

Mankind is a truly curious beast.
posted by undule at 10:30 AM on January 13, 2005


cmicali: What's amazing about that is they actualy used much more opaque ink for the 'hello sphincter' then for the rest of the images on the bag. That's probably why there's a noticeable, offset shadow behind the text while the other images don't cause one. Facinating. I still can't figure out why the shadow is 'dropped' a few 'pixles' when the photograph was obviously taken with a flash camera.
posted by delmoi at 10:35 AM on January 13, 2005


AFX, my favorite burnout example is the local "Mattress Discounter," eventually inadvertantly reduced to the suggestive "Mattress Disco."
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 10:41 AM on January 13, 2005


cmicali: I was going to tell you that was fake but delmoi already expounded. Also note that the same font was used for the added text box at the bottom of the picture.
posted by puke & cry at 10:51 AM on January 13, 2005


Dang dougunderscorenelso, that beat the best I've seen which was "Ant Burger."

Matress Disco, hot.
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:11 AM on January 13, 2005


Uh.. mattress... mattress..
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:12 AM on January 13, 2005


ouch I've been had. still laughed though and that can't be a bad thing, right? right?
and then I laughed again at undule's link.
this is a good day.
posted by mr.marx at 11:12 AM on January 13, 2005


I took this pic in Niceville, FL.

posted by wsg at 11:26 AM on January 13, 2005


There was this famous orange-roofed hotel that lost a couple of letters worth of lighting and proudly announced to the citzens of Greensboro, North Carolina that it had 'H ard Johnsons'
posted by eriko at 11:26 AM on January 13, 2005


Hell is very bright.
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:27 AM on January 13, 2005


On a side note, we are very off topic at this point. I remember a time when the comments were about hipsters and anuses, or perhaps anal hipsters.
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:29 AM on January 13, 2005


The connection between the cock and the anus is undeniable.

Three snaps in a circle!
posted by moonbird at 11:32 AM on January 13, 2005


If you approach the Due Amici at...12th and 3rd? Wherever it is. At any rate, if you approach it at the right angle, the neon sign says "ASS PIZZA."

And then you go there and the pizza is, indeed, ass. But did my observing the sign as much make it so...did my observation determine the outcome? These questions shall be answered at another time. For now, do not eat ass pizza.
posted by Sticherbeast at 11:36 AM on January 13, 2005


delmoi/puke & cry - Kudos on the detective work, but I thought it was slightly obvious that was a photoshop, no?
posted by cmicali at 11:47 AM on January 13, 2005


"anal hipsters"-- Is that in the obsessive-compulsive sense, or "Man, I totally had that up my ass like, four years ago"?
posted by Swampjazz! at 11:48 AM on January 13, 2005


There is a PC Richard and Son on Atlantic and 4th ave in Brooklyn, some bright spark shot out* some letters so for at least a couple months it read:

"P C R I HARD ON"

It made my day, every day.

*(or God/Random Chance is just funnier than I thought)
posted by Divine_Wino at 11:50 AM on January 13, 2005


Wow, there is a ton of great stuff on this site. Many thanks for the wonderful find.

Check out the current exhibits including "5 speed vibrating ottoman lined with pink mink fur 12" deep hole" and the "nyc story matchbook & assorted projects". It took me a moment before I realized why it was a story matchbook.

"Since the early 1990’s, Tobias Wong’s work has provoked and challenged the limits of contemporary value systems through its use of irony and humour. His work, blah, blah, blah…blah, blah, blah"

"I woke up one morning to find that my cat did an installation in homage to Mel Bochner."
posted by nTeleKy at 11:57 AM on January 13, 2005


Yeah, I'm concerned. Tobias Wong seemingly produces clever, witty, often pointedly funny and occasionally gorgeous pieces of art - that I get. Does that mean it's not really art?

Can someone appropriately qualified please deconstruct them for me in language I can't possibly understand and restore the status quo?

Much obliged!
posted by kcds at 12:16 PM on January 13, 2005


Passing by the Colonial Diner in (or maybe just near) East Brunswisk, NJ at night revealed a slightly broken neon sign for a while. It took some time to get fixed, which is surprising, as I would think business at the "Colon Diner" would be rather slow.
posted by CrayDrygu at 12:18 PM on January 13, 2005


Wish I'd shot a pic-- Years back, I came a cross "What A Urge" atop a Whataburger in east Texas.
posted by Devils Rancher at 12:24 PM on January 13, 2005


kcds - would it help if I told you you only think you get it, and everybody else is laughing at you in another room? No? Forget I mentioned it then.
posted by Sparx at 12:30 PM on January 13, 2005


I think there needs to be a new Godwin's Law spinoff:

As a Metafilter discussion grows longer, the probability of blaming it all on hipsters approaches one.
posted by jefbla at 12:36 PM on January 13, 2005


I've seen a Black Angus Steakhouse with the proper letter's neon burned out resulting in the wonderfully enticing:
"Black An us"


I saw a sign in Zaragoza, Spain for the Banco D'Aragon y Rioja. All the letters were burned out, except for "agon y"...
posted by 327.ca at 12:37 PM on January 13, 2005


I like this web site. I don't like xmutex.
posted by Eekacat at 12:39 PM on January 13, 2005


...Not to mention a sign outside a lawyer's office in London, Ont that had no letters burned out. It was the lawyer's name: "John Getliffe".
posted by 327.ca at 12:39 PM on January 13, 2005


"...its conceptual brillance..."

...is accurately measured as zero.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 1:01 PM on January 13, 2005


some interesting objects for sale. I liked the mirror puzzle (for $875, I'll put that on my xmas list). The bible-gun is a classic.

But $25,000 for Andy Warhol wrapping paper, wtf?
posted by seawallrunner at 1:08 PM on January 13, 2005


327.ca - that reminds me of the first time I saw the real estate signs for this real estate agent...
posted by Gortuk at 2:30 PM on January 13, 2005


"London Drugs" became "on Drugs" one night
posted by joelf at 3:18 PM on January 13, 2005


This building is more-or-less across the street from MIT's main entrance:



[I believe the photo was take by Noah Friedman]
posted by nickp at 3:36 PM on January 13, 2005


Welcome to mefi, growabrain - delighted to see you and your anally hip post! It's sink or swim for first time posters around here - your blue anus launched a floater. I look forward to your future posts.
posted by madamjujujive at 3:38 PM on January 13, 2005


I love you madamjujujive. I hope someone will be as kind to me if my first post is mediocre.
posted by snsranch at 4:11 PM on January 13, 2005


"Don't it make my brown eye blue..."
posted by gimonca at 5:31 PM on January 13, 2005


327.ca - that reminds me of the first time I saw the real estate signs for this real estate agent...

I guess having a memorable name is just about everything in real estate. Still...
posted by 327.ca at 6:01 PM on January 13, 2005


"The connection between the cock and the anus is undeniable."

Let's hear it for the perineum.
posted by davy at 6:28 PM on January 13, 2005


Metafilter: Let's hear it for the perineum.
posted by TwelveTwo at 6:34 PM on January 13, 2005


A small fire at the local Bass Pro shop caused chuckles when it burned out the first letter of their sign..
posted by HyperBlue at 9:22 PM on January 13, 2005


I'm not holding out much hope that this sign might lose the exact right letter, but, honestly, does it have to?

posted by wendell at 10:06 PM on January 13, 2005


This may be a bit off-topic, but I thought the obviously photoshopped opaque text in the "hello spincter!" graphic was just a translation overlaid on the original, probably accurate, image...
posted by pikachulolita at 10:53 PM on January 13, 2005


fandango_matt
You're welcome
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 4:19 PM on February 2, 2005


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