These incredible pop culture propaganda posters take a page from the Soviet Union's playbook and give them a Photoshop-era makeover.
What were once emphatic expressions of political beliefs and partisan ideology have been reduced to pop culture parodies rendered by skilled digital artists. Take, for example, Spongebob Squarepants' call to fight... for bikini bottoms. Or Willy Wonka's open-armed decree to eat more chocolate. My favorite by far, however, is the 'Where's Waldo?' poster that leads off the gallery; it turns out that he, not Big Brother, is watching us.
The Photoshop Rebellion
1. Pop Culture Propaganda - Digital artists are using pop culture references to create modern propaganda posters that reflect current trends and beliefs.
2. Photoshop Parody - The use of Photoshop to create parodies of historical propaganda posters creates an opportunity for a new form of humorous satire.
3. Nostalgic Propaganda - Repurposing nostalgic imagery in contemporary propaganda posters creates an opportunity for the recontextualization of cultural iconography.
1. Advertising - Advertising agencies can utilize the trend of pop culture propaganda to engage audiences in creative campaigns that blur the line between art and advertisement.
2. Digital Art - The trend of creating contemporary propaganda posters requires a new level of digital artistry, opening up an opportunity for artists to specialize and hone their skills.
3. Visual Culture - The trend of repurposing and reimagining cultural icons in propaganda posters reflects a larger societal shift towards visual communication and the power of imagery.