Ankara, May 29, 2008
Like elsewhere in the world, many people in Turkey sport t-shirts and accessories emblazoned with English text, often touting the brand's "authentic and original design." It can say anything, really -- as long as it's English, it's hip.
Case in point: the other day I noticed a teenager in Ulus wearing a shirt with shiny silver text, all capitalized. From a distance, the design and typeface immediately made me think it would say something like NEW YORK LONDON PARIS TOKYO OUR BRAND IS THE LEADER IN AUTHENTIC FASHION. Instead, it said:
BE FRESH WEAR SMALL PIGS ON YOUR SHIRT IN BRIGHT COLORS.
And sure enough, sandwiched between all those capitalized letters were little piggies in fluorescent pink, green, yellow and blue.
(If the kid saw me trying to supress a giggle, I hope he didn't take it badly.)