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America 1946 — fatigued by depression and war the public looks for light amusements at the box-office and is instead greeted by anarchic disrespect for the law, ironic mockery of advertising and occasional surrealism. At least that's what we at NYD see when viewing the graffiti defacement classic, Warner Brothers' 1946 cartoon Daffy Doodles.

The film opens with an overview of an un-named New York-like metropolis, our narrator intones -

In a large, eastern city, a demon is on the loose. The people are terrified, the police baffled. With diabolical cleverness, the monster strikes without warning... and draws mustaches on all the ads. No one knows who this fiend is. It could be you. It could be me.

This is one of the first times that mustache defacement of advertising was documented in a pop culture medium, but the desire to not just deface with mustaches, but to deface overblown and oppressive ads with them, must of been common much earlier. Even in 1946 it was seen as so obvious and common that you could make a Daffy Duck cartoon about it. 

The targets of the mustaching are all very familiar - Hollywood stars, full-of-itself high art, cute babies, cute babes, animal brand mascots, and more cute babes. The irreverent motives seem are also very familiar, destructive enough to get the police after you but understandable enough that we're all more-or-less in favor of it, including the jury of identically mustshieoed Jerry Colonna clones (a famous massively mustached Hollywood goof-ball sidekick to Bob Hope in the forties.)

Daffy Doodles
is a great cartoon, just as relevant today as it was almost seventy years ago, get more details at IMDb. And if you're a fan of hand drawn defacements and aren't afraid of seeing some naughty bits, take a look at the best penis defacement tv commercial ever, just as funny and a lot dirtier.

Merrie Melodies - Daffy Doodles (1946) by Cartoonzof2006



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The above example of advertising in a fake real/gritty style shows that the circle of life for cultural memes is part snowball effect and part turd polishing effect. 

We at NYD love rude ad defacements including all flavors of beard and mustache mockery, but when the ad itself tries to yuck it up with us with canned defacements it's just smug and annoying. Like your uncle Herman showing you his mad beatboxing skills, it's not really an honest homage, he just sort of thinks you're an idiot. 

Ad agencies are always on the look-out for ways to "relate" to the "real" and "gritty" if they think that their market might be turned on by that. For more cleverness take a look at this ad tarted-up by a faux penis defacement, ahh the brilliance! To see a few examples of real mustache defacements (and get some info on the end of the career of "mustache man") take a look at this NYD site entry.



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Although New York City is seen by many as the world leader in dickish-ness, the actual drawing of dicks on things is not just a New York phenomena, dongs are doodled worldwide. But now the international language of ad defacement by penis is being co-opted by the advertising industry itself.

The ad agency DDB Stockholm has created a poster for Stockholm's hip pop-culture retailer Papercut that is pre-defaced with a dandy little dicky (a short version of ad copy is above, penis size is unaltered). The internal monolog that makes up the copy implies that pondering the meaning of this pee-pee is pointless and you should expand your horizons by browsing their film, book, and music offerings. We at New York Dick think you should do both simultaneously, by perusing cool books (ours) that are in fact about penis drawings on advertising posters, brilliant!

Regarding the ads, Tim Nudd at Adweek says "When putting up outdoor ads, it's customary to install clean versions— and cede to the masses the furtive enjoyment of doodling penises all over them. DDB Stockholm alters the process somewhat in its latest long-copy work for pop-culture retailer Papercut. The ads feature tiny graffiti penises even before the unwashed citizenry can sharpen their Sharpies." 

Any penises drawn on ads are fine with the team at NYD, even if the advertiser thinks they're being clever by placing the pricks themselves. But without some smug shill for the penis to mock the ad seems a little dull, it's also a bit cold, moody and introspective. Ok, Swedish in a way, but how about going for the rude and lewd gusto and getting some gravy on those meatballs? Sweden awake! and show these ads what a real prick is all about.



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The producers of the Broadway favorite Mamma Mia! must feel they have identified a problem with their ubiquitous subway poster which has successfully pointed countless tourists toward their long running show. 

The ecstatic bride, that has been the play's graphic spokes-person for at least the last five years, apparently is presenting some sort of bare upper-chest problem, or the marketing team has come to believe that a chest adorning bouquet would really make this poster "work" (they also don't seem too pleased with our Mamma Mia! girl's arms, but arms is not a subject of interest to NYD.

Bosom blossoms are a nice touch, and maybe team Mia! felt that the plunging neckline was a bit too provocative, but researchers at NYD have ample evidence showing that it's not the chest of our girl that is provoking the dirty minds of some viewers of this poster.  

Penises big and nasty, skinny and weird, even penises that attract challenges regarding their penis-ness are the most common defacement commentaries that this image elicits, and the cleavage is rarely where the action is. Our girl has also gotten her share of mustaches and tooth damage, she routinely attracts all the classic defacements.

It doesn't seem likely that the new bouquet will significantly alter how viewers relate to this venerable target of defacement, Mama Mia! girl is probably doomed to perform nasty acts in public for years to come.



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The esteemed members of The Academy of Phallus Defacement and Affrontery Arts and Sciences congratulate their nominees for this years "Johnsons". The Johnson, trademarked nickname of the golden statuette bestowed by the APDAAS, symbolizes outstanding achievement in the field of schlong based defacement, dick-ish behavior, or general weiner-ness in popular culture.

Historically the Johnson categories reflect recent developments in the field and are not standardized, and this year is no exception. The uniqueness of the categories ensures that the nomination is itself a great honor, but that doesn't mean that there isn't intense maneuvering among the nominees to get their sweaty hands on "their" Johnson.

New York Dick wishes to congratulate all the nominees, and the creators of all the near Johnson worthy defacements that did not get nominated this year, the run-up to next years awards begins now so get out there and get dickin'. Click below for full details on this year's nominees, the winner of the 2011 Johnson will be announced here on February 28th, the day after the grand awards banquet.

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Exuberant achievement in a creepy funny graffiti prick public service television spot

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World's best graffiti penis TV commercial 


Exceptional achievement in advertising defacement by knob drawing in a motion picture

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Ricky Gervais, big red knob 


Outstanding achievement in unrelenting exhibitionism of a boner street graphic

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Dick Chicken phenomena climaxes

Visionary achievement in a snow schlong landscape best seen from an erection-like tower

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Paris snow penis seen from penis tower

Shocking achievement in suggestive wang-thangness to haunt the psyche of children 

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London 2012 Olympic mascot 


Daring achievement in rude and risky political prick speech

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Giant dick rises in St. Petersburg


Subconscious achievement in pointless graphic technology expressing dick-ness

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