Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Behind the blue fist

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Good to know old college friends are doing well, even if they’re on the other side. The Crazy Shepherd has a brief interview with Carrie Worthen regarding her creation, that annoying Blue Fist. She always had a thing for totalitarian imagery.

When this wave of legislative horrors began, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO staff created an image of a white fist in the shape of the state on a map of the Midwest. I was “The Clarifier”—I prettied-up and simplified the idea. It was spur of the moment and out of necessity, and grew from there.

It’s not new, though. The raised fist is a historic protest gesture that has appeared in worker, civil rights and solidarity graphics since at least mid-century.

Ah Carrie, don’t you know that no fist is big enough to hide the sky?

But it had it’s use today.

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