Monday, June 27, 2005

Can Merchandising Be Far Behind?

After finding this lying around on the Butcher's friend's website, I realized that I'm coming ever closer to a moment when I'm wandering through a flea market in California and digging around the t-shirts that are three for ten dollars, and I find, among the Mickey Mouse and Big Johnson t-shirts, some Tiny Cat Pants clothing.

I can't decide if that disturbs me or thrills me.


Blogger twila said...

I like it, I like it!

6/27/2005 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger Peggasus said...

But where's the tiny cat?

6/27/2005 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger PPB said...

I'm loving it.

6/27/2005 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

We have to talk him into making a shirt that would fit on a tiny cat with the logo on it. That would be cool.

6/27/2005 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger Yankee, Transferred said...

The logo NEEDS a tiny cat, but I LOVE this!

6/27/2005 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger the Professor said...

it might be confusing, but you could just replace the word "cat" with the picture - like the symbol of a heart represents "love" on t-shirts.
is there a name for that kind of thing?

6/27/2005 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would so wear that.

6/28/2005 07:53:00 AM  
Blogger melusina said...

Hmm, thats a good question, I have no idea if there is such a name for what the Professor just asked.

I think it makes a great logo. But I agree, it needs a cat somewhere.

6/28/2005 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

Well, I thought he'd poke his head in here by now, but he hasn't, so I'm going to drop him an email and tell him we're talking about him behind his back.

Also, Peg, you might know, is there a word for that?

6/28/2005 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all about the marketing, baby. Thank ya. Thankyaverymuch.

6/28/2005 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and for you folks looking for the "tiny cat," you should pay more attention. This site isn't about the tiny cat. It's about his PANTS. If the a tiny cat had anything to do with this, it would be called "Tiny Cat AND His Pants." Dummies.

6/28/2005 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger Taketoshi said...

i always figured the tiny cat was female

argh i'm so out of the loop!

6/28/2005 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

Well, my literal tiny cat is female and she often has need of pants, seeing as she has an allergy that causes her butt hair to fall out on occasion, but the figurative cat can be whatever gender you desire.

YBHC, I expect you to put the Butcher to work in a sweatshop churning out TCP clothing.

6/28/2005 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I guess I just assumed it had a tiny cat penis.

6/28/2005 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah Bott said...

"Tiny Cat Pants for Dummies" can't be far behind...

6/28/2005 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Peggasus said...

Hey, B, thanks for putting me on the spot about this.

I believe it would be called a 'pictograph.'

I guess it's just a graphic shorthand of sorts, having a symbol stand in for the actual word. I tried to think of other applications where it is used, and really couldn't think of any other modern usages right off the bat. The 'heart' thing really only came into widespread usage because of NYC's identity campaign back in the 80s (was it the 80s?).

Now, if you wanted to apply that concept to your new logo, there would just be the drawing of the pants instead of the entire word, instead of the 'pants' standing in for the letter 'a', and people would still get the idea. That is basically what the Egyptians did with the early heiroglyphics.

It's kind of like Pictionary, actually.

6/28/2005 04:13:00 PM  
Blogger the Professor said...

I was also trying to think of that game, and old TV game show, that produced common sayings with pictures that represented sounds of words as much as an image of the ostensive definition of the word. Anyone remember that show or what those games are called?

6/28/2005 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger tls said...

Professor -- I had to go look it up because it was bugging the shit out of me that I couldn't remember the name!

I found this list of game shows and the show I was thinking of was "Concentration" -- where pieces of the board would fall away when you matched stuff up and underneath there was a saying represented by pictures and the occasional word. According to some random site: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "rebus" as "a representation of syllables or words by means of pictures." For the purposes of Concentration, a rebus is defined as "a combination of pictures, letters and words, which, when deciphered, forms a familiar phrase, the title of something, or something you know."

Rebus. I must work that into conversation today. I may have to turn in something at work accompanied by a cover rebus.

6/29/2005 07:38:00 AM  
Blogger tls said...

I really need to get to work...but this guy has a weekly rebus!

6/29/2005 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger the Professor said...

yeah, the Shill has provided me some satisfaction. I couldn't even figure out how to look it up and you got the worde and the game show. I'll print them from the website and prepare a game we can all play next time you visit Nashville.

6/29/2005 11:18:00 AM  

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