Once upon a time graffiti was all about identity. Tagging a subway car that would be seen all around the City, a way for your name, or at least your nomme de guerre, to travel out of the block you called home, boy. It was also a way of sticking it to the man, man.
And then what happens? The Man signs you up to design sneakers. The Man wants your mural behind the reception desk. The Building Society wants to hire you for a promo wall. The gallery called.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - we need more vandalism, less brandalism. But until then, it's time for the Corn Poppy to get on the gravy train with some very exclusive merchandise. Here it is: the first Corn Poppy t-shirt. Are you ready? Here goes:
You will have the moral high ground, knowing you are one of the few people worthy of the shirt. You won't have the shirt (but let's face it you've probably got another one - I mean you're the kind of person who can donate £100 to Water Aid) but you will feel good. And somewhere a child will be drinking clean water because of you.
Here's a few other Poppy designs you won't be able to buy in the shops but wish you could.
All images, designs and ideas on this post are the intellectual property of The Corn Poppy.