html xmlns="" xml:lang="en" lang="en"> From the archives: Oh my god.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Oh my god.

Except, I honestly think they are really trying to sell trees:

Brazilian dwarf banana tree
Edible Mysore banana tree
Golden Rhino Horn banana trees
Carolina Queen banana trees
Jamaican Red Dwarf banana trees
Abyssinian Green banana trees

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Are they laughing at us? Are they sincere? HOW DID THIS GET RELEASED? I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!

UPDATE: There is NO WAY this is for real. It MUST be performance art.

Maybe there were a couple designers, and one of them is messing with us?


Batsignal ARMSMASHER! Please help!


Blogger Tom said...

Oh, goodness. That's quite a fruit basket.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Megan said...


6:11 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Are black magic elephant bulbs typically associated with handguns?

7:26 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I don't know. That catalog has taken away everything I was ever sure of.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

I have a sudden urge to fill my backyard with Carolina Queen Banana Trees in hopes that young blond nymphs with big fake boobies will come and stand in their shade.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Maybe. Or you might get the guy in the black down jacket and the ear flap hat. WHY? I keep looking and I do not know WHY? WHY?

PLEASE. One of you who understands art, PLEASE explain this to me. I am bewildered and lost.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Put out the Armsmasher signal.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I was totally thinking of him.


9:54 PM  
Blogger Megan said...


10:01 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

The olive, pomegranate and fig sections are all very good.

10:20 PM  
Blogger jens said...

Instead of begging fruitlessly for help, why not purchase a product and see for yourself how serious they are?

5:18 AM  
Blogger TonyT said...

VERY poor website design choices and, apparently, a bad customer service rep.

Google them and find out more, like this:

6:57 AM  
Blogger LizardBreath said...

The one that really flummoxed me was the ninja. I can see selling fruit trees with sex -- it doesn't make that much less sense than anything else -- but why the picture of the guy in balck pajamas doing martial arts?

7:18 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Why the sabertooth tiger skull to sell figs?

Sadly, I'm afraid they mean it. They sockpuppet garden bulletin boards, and one wrote:

I would definitely buy from Ty Ty again. When I first saw the photos on its Web site, I recognized them for what they were--eye catching and splashy artistic photos created by the Web designer from commercial software. I like the creative look, but at the same time I realized they were created photos in which the end product is depicted--mature fruit/flowers, etc., you will realize in a few years off that variety.

I do not know the people at Ty Ty nor am I related to them. I had a very good experience.

I don't care what Armsmasher says. This is art!

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Armsmasher said...

I'd say that it's a fairly typical example of Bananart. The Bananartists hope to destabilize the consumer order by juxtaposing found photography and viral citizen photojournalism with commercial imagery—a strategy known as Shopping C(art). Formally, they reference tactics by another crop of fashionable artists, i.e., the Hothaus Tomatoes. Of course, the Hothaus School hasn't been considered in season since the 1990s; the Bananartists have incorporated concepts to make their work Web site–specific.

It should be said that I'm allergic to bananas.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm sorry I made you look at bananas.

It was worth it, though, to get a concept through which I could understand what that website is doing.

8:31 AM  
Blogger alison said...

Blackberries on the eyes! I needed that to know what sort of fruit I would get from a blackberry plant. Inspiring.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

The blackberry death mask was disturbing.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Spungen said...

I think armshasher's the one who's kidding. I think they're just trying to jazz up photos of their boring old trees with clip art of attractive models. It looks like the images were juxtaposed over the trees, not like a photo shoot with models and trees.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

That makes no sense, Spungen. Maybe if you had an art education, like Armsmasher, you could see what is in front of your eyes.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

...or is it the most brilliant ad campaign ever? I for one will never again see a Ninja or an Abercrombie model without thinking of banana trees.

9:04 PM  

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