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How McCool is that?!

Meet Bandit Brand.

Bandit describes itself as a "Handmade, Small Time, Home Based Shop featuring Nostalgic American T Shirts, Vintage and Other Rad Goods made by friends + Shit I just like".

I'm not sure who "I" is but he/she continues:

Most T Shirt art is vintage or hand drawn. No trends forecasting, no seasons, no cares of what's "hot" or "in style". Just plain ol vintage style tees that are made to be genuinely loved by their owners. (Preferably while listening to Waylon Jennings or Black Sabbath).

Bandit is "Made in the USA" but a student in New Zealand has complained after seeing a Bandit poster in a clothing store in Hamilton. The poster shows a model smoking.

"I was just really shocked by it. I mean they’re suggesting that that association is somewhat cool or acceptable," she said.

I find it hard to believe that any student could be so tight-arsed about a poster, but the story entered the realms of parody when I read that the complainant is called – wait for it – Claire McCool.

Not even the Daily Mash would make that up.

Full story: Outrage over smoking poster. Note that the newspaper is happy to reproduce the image so the editor must have decided that it is unlikely to corrupt or beguile thousands of young New Zealanders.

Image: Bandit Brand

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Reader Comments (4)

How much would that cost as an advert? It happens every time. A full page photo of Wayne Rooney smoking in a Las Vegas swimming pool on the back page of a national newspaper and now we are hearing that the Duchess of Cambridge smokes. The smoking ban has drawn attention to the many famous and/or successful people who smoke, whereas before, nobody thought to point them out.

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 16:35 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Bagley

Ha! Good point JB. Yes, the Tobacco Industry couldn't buy that kind of publicity even if they were allowed to! The irony is truly delicious!

Keep it up, ASH et al, we'll get smoking rates back up to 40% in no time! Ha! Love it!

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 17:54 | Unregistered Commenternisakiman

There is a further article here about this, which differs from the first article:

McCool is also writing to the stores demanding they remove the Bandit brands from their stores. Nice, huh?

Moreover, is it really possible that this person's surname and field of study is a coincidence?

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 19:53 | Unregistered CommenterJay

Bandit's response on Facebook is a gem. :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 18:14 | Unregistered CommenterDick Puddlecote

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