I’ve noticed lately that a number of Buffalo businesses are employing radical imagery in their branding. Both Soviet-style working-class exaltation and the defiant fist often associated with the Black Power and other resistance movements seem to be gaining in prominence.
Is this (gasp) APPROPRIATION? A logical successor to Hot Topic’s Che Guevara t-shirts? Is it proof of the indelibility of Occupy Wall Street’s message of dissatisfaction with business as usual? Is it an example of romanticizing Buffalo’s industrial heritage? Do radicals just have the best eye for design? Does it matter?