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Sat, Mar 13, 2004

Andres Posse

The Starbucks logo, modified with an image of Andre the Giant

Originally conceived back when I was working at the Starbucks in Arlington Center, and executed with copies of Photoshop on the computers of Mark Hessman and Jason Williams, to whom much thanks. When I went down to Kinko's to make a bunch of stickers with the image, the guy at the counter said I could only do it if I was a Starbucks employee, since it used their logo. I showed him my employee card, and he happily ran off the copies for me.

I sent a copy to Shepard Fairey, and he very kindly mailed me a fat envelope of stickers and postcards. Unfortunately, I haven't managed to get myself sued.

UPDATE: andre.jpg is currently the fifth hit for a Google Images search for the name "Andre," with a commensurate uptick in folks linking it from messageboards and so on. I don't have a problem with that (at least not on the scale on which it's currently happening), but it does kind of vex me that the posters don't bother to credit me.

So, I tweaked the image to include a signature. Unfortunately, that's underscored just how crappy the image quality is. I really need to go back and redo it from scratch sometime soon.

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