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Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe Tee: Geeky or Chic?

Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe Tee: Geeky or Chic?

A friend of mine spotted this Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe Tee shirt on the street recently, prompting the question: Have you been studying art as closely as you've been studying gaming cheat sheets? The shirt is a homage to surrealist René François Ghislain Magritte's "The Treachery of Images" painting (seen at right), which places the phrase "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" — meaning "This is not a pipe" — next to a pipe. Of course, the painting is not a pipe, but an image of a pipe. And so, witty laughter ensues. How does this artistry translate to modern day? Why a tee shirt replacing the tobacco pipe with a pipe from Nintendo's Mario, naturally. The shirt may never make it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, but the fact that it manages to pun a lionized surrealist painting surely puts it in the chic category, right?

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