Fuck This Website

Juvenile, profane, and timeless, FUCK this book collects images of real public signs that have been mischieveously altered by stickers bearing the most expressive of all four letter words.


Reviews

CROWNDOZEN.com review

The book was featured in the September Nylon Magazine (pdf)

Periel Aschenbrand reviewed the book for the issue fo August Paper Magazine (pdf)

Review from Brooklyn based STAY FREE! Magazine

#6 on the LA Times Bestsellers List!!!

5_starI almost peed.
This book is so funny, the first time I looked through it, I almost peed my pants. I think I’ve looked through it 30 times, and every time I laugh out loud. Very clever idea. A friend gave me this book as a gift, and I’ve bought 2 more to give as gifts to other people. You can submit your own photos for the next book. I can’t recommend this book enough.
- via amazon.com

5_starGreat Idea!
I thought the concept of this book was hilarious! I wonder why anyone else hadn’t thought of this before. Some people claim that the fact that the stickers look homemade and are obviously stickers when seen on the signs detracts from the humor because the signs should look like they actually say “f%&k”. However, I think that the fact that the stickers look so amateur makes it even funnier. A very funny book, I highly recommend it.
- via amazon.com

5_starThe funniest book I’ve seen in a long time!
The photos in this book kept me rolling for hours… Not just because of what the altered signs end up saying – but also because of the reaction people seeing them must have had. Brilliant idea.
- via amazon.com

5_starI Love this book
Oh my god! This book is hilarious! It hasn’t left the mainstage on my coffee table and continues to gain rockstar acclaim from all my friends. Everytime I have visitors this book becomes the center of attention. Unfortunately I think the book is more entertaining than anything I have to offer. Great idea and a source of endless laughs!
- via amazon.com

4_stargreat art
I saw this book and the cover immediately caught my attention. I expected it to be a social commentary possibly a critique of journalism. But I was much delighted to discover its contents. I was cracking up and decided that I must have this on my coffee table. After having it there for a while, I decided to take the photographs and make them into a poster. I made a collage of the photos and laminated the whole thing. It is now a poster on my office door. I just love the looks on the faces that enter my office. :)
- via barnesandnoble.com

5_starHow do people think of these things?
I heard about this book from a friend who works at a magazine. He explained it to me over the phone, and it seemed like a funny idea for a book, but until I saw the whole thing, I didn’t really get how funny it really is. If you want a book to leave out on your coffe table when your friends come over, this is the one.
- via barnesandnoble.com

5_starJust think…
This is a funny and clever book. But it’s much more than that. Let me start by saying that when I originally saw the first few pictures, I thought, “Okay, nice idea, it’s done now, it need not go on.”

Wrong. The variety in this book is amazing; there is not one repetition in the nearly one hundred images! Yes, they’re all amusing; but some are ambiguous, which even adds to their humor. Some actually change a mundane sign into something not just provocative but profound — while still being uproariously funny.

Artistically, the book is situationist and interventionist. May I explain? The signs belong only in certain environments (situations); the superimposed stickers, always a mere single syllable, intervene on the mundane thoughts which the utilitarian signs usually generate. At the same time, the stickers bring the signs to life like turning so many inert puppets into real people.

With one single action, the stickers force removal of the original meaning, but not entirely: hence the jokes. Marcel Duchamp, anyone? He would have loved it.

The book also records performance art. Unlike most such art, there are no people here. That they don’t show up in the photos actually enriches the result; we are left to respond to the photos in our own way, without restriction of others’ actions.

This collection is an extraordinary cultural commentary. In a singular way, it encapsulates the sexualization in pop culture. So what will parents do when they and their children encounter this book in a store? I’d like to be there right then, just to witness the result.

You know those T-shirts people wear (especially young people) that have incongruous, mysterious, or challenging words on them, unrelated to what their wearers may be doing at that moment? Pare that down to its essence, and you have this book. Yet the book itself is the opposite of pared down: it is rich, and deeply so.

Or consider the possibility of going about ordinary business and suddenly encountering people also doing ordinary things — but entirely naked. That, of course, has often been tried with much success, and is a relative of this book too.

That the stickers are obviously homemade is important. The book does not suggest that there is a culture somewhere with perfect, machine-printed signs offering funny messages. It does not engage in dreams. It does suggest that there is a kind of anti-Santa out there striking down the very infrastructures the signs originally represented. Graffiti art? This is it in its purest form.

Another imaginative twist: the half-title of the book reads simply “buy this book”! Momentarily we think, Is that the real title? We may also see, in that one unadulterated “sign” in the whole book, the irony laid bare: any commercialism behind the original signs is wrecked by one little word. Instead of a world infused with “Buy!”stickers, in the book’s world, that command is covered. An entire world is challenged and inverted by a simple action.

Who would have thought that the worst taboo word in English could provide so much social philosophy? The book’s website provides still more, as the author invites all to participate. Subversion not only of language but of authority is a game which any number may play.

This book is brilliant. You may be miffed by it. You may be alarmed. But with even a half-open mind, you will be enriched beyond all expectation.
- via amazon.com

5_starToo funny!
When I received this book a couple of days ago I was roaring with laughter at my desk at work. The book is now being passed around the office and you can tell who has it by where the laughing is coming from.

This is a fun, inexpensive book that will have you laughing uncontrollably as you flip the pages. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any funnier…you’ll see the next sign. I highly recommend this book!
- via amazon.com


What the Fuck?

I don't know, just had the idea one day and thought it would be funny. So I printed out stickers in a bunch of different sizes, took them everywhere with me, and started taking photos. It quickly turned into an obsession, and I ended up with a book. So then I asked for audience participation, and we ended up with another book. Want to join in on the fun? Submit your photos and if they’re good enough, we’ll post them.

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