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Will Newton
(Newts) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Mountain something on 11/15/2013 12:33:52 MST Print View

There's a character in the William Gibson novel "Pattern Recognition" (quite good, btw) who is physically allergic to visible branding. I think the outdoor community, and that hat in particular, has weaponized this particular affliction.

Jeremy B.
(requiem) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: "How to safely remove logos?" on 11/15/2013 12:45:03 MST Print View

If the label is thick enough, I suspect a heat gun and patience would allow you to tease the logo off. (I've done this for a branded backpack with reasonable results.)

For other logos you might consider getting some heat-transfer material to cover the logo; it's probably the most durable option, and you can add in your own design if you like. If you have a local shop that makes promotional items they may be able to help you out, or have leftover scraps.

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Re: How to safely remove logos? on 11/15/2013 15:51:26 MST Print View

there are three kinds of people in the world
- those who can count, and
- those who cannot.

and when it comes to gear logos, same thing.
My mid-teen nephew & niece are athletes, but also love big brand logos, because of the fashion angle, and the materialistic subtle cost/spend bragging rights, and logos to them translate into FB photos with all it's pseudo false fame.

I admit that for the past 20 years I shop for functionality and cost savings. However in the late 70s and early 80s, I did care that strangers at school thought of me as a cool guy by promoting the Addidas and Nike logo.

Now I only care that strangers on BPL think I'm cool. haha. Not true, I only care what Nick G thinks. His opinion is the only one that matters.

Also in the auto industry, you can see a trend between the classic extroverted shiny silvery chrome Mercedes, Lexus, Toyota logos, and the new style of understated elegance darkened logo on black background.
Bat Manuel

Edited by RogerDodger on 11/15/2013 15:52:38 MST.

Dan V
(Supro) - F

Locale: Adirondacks
Embroidered on 11/15/2013 21:30:41 MST Print View

For embroidered logos, I've found that a shaving razor works very well. I have a pair of MHW Piero pants that [had] the nut logo prominently displayed on the thigh, and I took an old Gillette razor to the back-side of it and had it off in about 10 minutes. Goes without saying that you have to be careful, but it works really well. Now, for non-embroidered logos on puffys and the like, I have no clue, but I'm with the OP as far as reasons or removal.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: missing something on 11/15/2013 21:51:03 MST Print View

"There's a character in the William Gibson novel "Pattern Recognition" (quite good, btw) who is physically allergic to visible branding."


Well, almost - "...Cayce Pollard, a 32-year-old marketing consultant who has a psychological sensitivity to corporate symbols..."


and, +1 for Willam Gibson

Edited by greg23 on 11/15/2013 21:52:02 MST.

jim logan
(jim_logan) - MLife
Also anti-emblazend brands on 11/16/2013 06:18:59 MST Print View

I strongly dislike labels and I, too, avoid brands with large ones (North Face leaps to mind). The only Patagonia item I ever had was simple to deal with as the label was stitched on; soon I had a generic item. Living where I do, I occasionally get things from LL Bean and I will try to pick colors which negate the legibility of the labels, and that has worked ok (not great, but ok). I have found a local seamstress who is tickled to cover labels on down jackets and other things with varied items: once a Moose patch and other times colored calico cloth approximating the jacket's color. That probably adds weight but I am sure I sleep better for it -- seriously.

I cannot fathom how people get so enthusiastic about free advertising for corporations (even though we now know that corporations are people, too). In a local Wal-Mart the other day I saw a man with the Carhart logo tattooed up his arm. I know I am missing something and it must be important. Additionally, I cannot even begin to understand why grown men and women need to parade around in jerseys with sports players' names on them! Have these people no lives or identities of their own? It's bad enough that jerseys have names on them ("team sports?") and that they are marketed to little ones, but grown people needing this security blanket? I will admit that those in this area who sport jerseys with Yankee names on them are probably showing how tough they are!

J R
(JRinGeorgia) - F
advertising on 11/16/2013 06:51:27 MST Print View

Because they don't think of it as advertising for corporations, they think of it as advertising for themselves. They wear the corporate logo as some sort of symbol to display to the world about who they are.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: Re: How to safely remove logos? on 11/16/2013 14:24:45 MST Print View

>"there are three kinds of people in the world
- those who can count, and
- those who cannot."

There are 10 kinds of people in the world - Those who count in Binary and those who don't.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Clinging on 11/16/2013 14:44:39 MST Print View

The Buddha warned against "clinging" to material things but we 21st century 'Mericans have been so brainwashed that we either don't often notice labels and logos or we display them prominently in hopes others will notice and envy us.

However the female of our species (ex. our oldest daughter)is ESPECIALLY prone to "labelism. Our daughter just has to have the top brands of everything from cars to appliances to clothes (hers & her kids'). From the Audi to her Jummy Choo shoes that girl is totally into labels.

I will not buy POLO clothes just because of the blatant "labelism/logoism". I black out the BUSHNELL label on my binoculars strap and unstitch logos on packs and other gear.

The one "logo" that I have to display prominently is "SKI PATROL" on my parka and first aid fanny pack. I don't mind because it is an important identifier for the area's clients.