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Fantastic Labels: Malaysian Cloth (Bali, Indonesia)

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This decoupled from a technicolor sarong and landed at our feet in a tailor’s shop in central Kuala Lumpur. The maiden’s necklace is a 3D plastic diamond. The holographic square depicts the woman from the photograph at the center of a cosmic sunblast. All the gold is reflective and for some reason there’s an anteater or pangolin nestled under the word “Batik.” No specific plans for this artifact yet. Not done being intimidated by its flair.

Fantastic Labels: Dua Monyet (Bali, Indonesia)

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Unfortunately, these monkeys on their striking yellow background are advertising for a product responsible for the gradual destruction of their ecosystems: the tiny, single use plastic bag. Every time we shop for vegetables at our local grocer, we find these insets getting trampled into the ground and collect them. One, here, is en route to joining our “Truth or Dare: Redux” Android application.

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Legend: Spinal Cord

At the center of “Barmaids Wanted” lies a painstaking, cross-sectioned illustration of the spinal cord. This diagram infested with small beasts, subverted and supplied with a colorful entourage is mislabeled with loving care. Anatomy, once full of humors and metaphor, to legend returns.

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Legend: Robertsport, Liberia

The most robust “legend” we’ve encountered in mapdom occupies the entire bottom fifth of a tactical map of Robertsport on our eponymous collage. In the eponymous collage, we pepper this zone of reference with text from several dozen sources. Below is a small portion of the resuscitated legend that includes choice juxtapositions from an index (a recurring source of joy), pornographic writing (of low quality), illustrated diagrams to describe simple activities, snippets of business card (included with respect for the official so referenced) and a miniature portion of a list of capital offences during an earlier expression of British authoritarianism.

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Got maps? Send us your maps! The more unique and unusual the better. Strong preference for maps of Africa or outer space. Not sure we’ll like it? Email us first with an image. Art@Shenziandoga.com

Legend: Senegal

There is nothing legendary about the officious box inset upon your average map. These require assistance to achieve the status that they attempt to self-confer. Below, a zoomed in detail of the top right corner of “Senegal,” now decoded to include talk of warfare, positions (ambiguous), seating preference when alcohol is involved, frogs, surf, cats, admonissions against misusing irons, and assorted decorative elements.

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Got maps? Send us your maps! The more unique and unusual the better. Strong preference for maps of Africa or outer space. Not sure we’ll like it? Email us first with an image. Art@Shenziandoga.com