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Help, can you identify these three symbols?
August 27, 2004 9:12 PM   Subscribe

I am trying to identify three different symbols, two of which were bumper stickers and one is a popular tattoo...[mi]

The first symbol, a bumper sticker, is a black circle with a white border, and within the border is a white "W", and underneath that, a white, five-point star.

Second symbol, a bumper sticker, is a cartoonish-looking tiger head with the French "le tigre" written underneath it.

Third symbol is the popular tattoo that I saw about 500 times at the Little Steven's Underground Garage Fest two weekends ago... a five-point star that is black and red, with each arm of the star being half black and half red.

These are all probably obvious, but I am, as usual, oblivious.
posted by oflinkey to Grab Bag (11 answers total)
 
the third one is a nautical star
posted by mrcircles at 9:33 PM on August 27, 2004


Thank you mrcircles.
posted by oflinkey at 9:43 PM on August 27, 2004


Is the second one related to the band Le Tigre, or perhaps the clothing brand?
posted by fionab at 9:47 PM on August 27, 2004


fionab- well, I had originally looked at the band sites and could not find any bumperstickers that looked like the one I have seen. Maybe, though, so thank you. I will keep looking.

It is weird, but the cartoonish tiger head kind of as the same expression that our orange cat often wears, so we have taken to callimg our little Melon "le tigre". I just thought I could find the sticker, uh, for the cat.
posted by oflinkey at 9:52 PM on August 27, 2004


It's not this logo, right?
posted by fionab at 10:04 PM on August 27, 2004


As for the nautical star tattoo, my understanding is that it has a history of being associated with the punk movement [this may be bleed over into ska as well]. This FAQ has a few ideas along that line.
posted by fionab at 10:26 PM on August 27, 2004


from your FAQ:
it has the two alternating colors meaning racial unity and tolerance.

Then later:
(probably pressed into service or shanghai'd)

It kills me when people use the slur shanghai'd. Is there really no depth to slogans?
posted by the fire you left me at 10:46 PM on August 27, 2004


fionab- No, that isn't it....
posted by oflinkey at 12:27 AM on August 28, 2004


As for the nautical star tattoo, my understanding is that it has a history of being associated with the punk movement

Two words:

emo.
posted by ChasFile at 7:31 AM on August 28, 2004


ChasFile - meaning, what, that it's only emo and not punk? The tattoo has been associated with punk long before emo showed up, from what I understand. It could be both now though - obviously I'm just putting that out there as a consideration for oflinky. I have hardly enough authority to get into that debate!
posted by fionab at 7:46 AM on August 28, 2004


Shanghaied is a slur? What?
posted by Mo Nickels at 9:26 AM on August 28, 2004


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