Continuing the thread-of-three about no blank surface left behind, leads to the topic of contraceptive crafting. The award-winning tablet dispenser shown above with it’s smooth clam-shell design and putty color is as beckoning a canvas as a skateboard deck. And yet every other issue of Juxtapoz has some up-and-coming or already-arrived talent talking fervently about their time designing skateboard decks. No one talks about how their time designing or crafting for pharmaceutical applications and how the unique form and context of the dialpak pushed them to the next level. No skulls please. No alienated rage or guitars. It can still be cool and hip.
It doesn’t even have to be floral or frilly.
Grab a sharpie and get started.
I mean how can it be that the search query for “skateboard designs” has over 19,000 results and two sponsored links while “contraceptive designs” can have 5 results and three sponsored links? Which one is really going to have a bigger impact on you over the course of your entire life? Which actually pushes your design and crafting efforts to consider themes of sexuality, reproduction, personal responsibility, perhaps love, passion, the actual chemistry of choice and other forms of rebellion than having a security guard chase you off the loading dock?
Which is not to say that skateboarding isn’t cool. It is. It’s just that it’s also cool to have an option for not getting pregnant when having sex. Admittedly it’s a small canvas, but it seems like a strategic one.