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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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Genée Genée 9 years
I happen to love it!!!! Then again I might be just a liiiiiittle bit biased ;-p
Advah Advah 9 years
Damn I'm ashamed to say the first thing that popped into my mind is that 'pipe' is the French for 'blowjob'. *blushes*
s0sarasaid s0sarasaid 9 years
I've been waiting for Threadless to produce this shirt in my size for MONTHS! It's my favorite painting and I love Mario. What more could you want?
princessangry princessangry 9 years
love it!!
kiwigeek kiwigeek 9 years
Only my geeky friends would understand this one. And they have to know french as well. Unfortunately they are few and far between...
LauraPalmer LauraPalmer 9 years
i have this shirt - it's pretty sweet
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
They're cute. And it takes you a minute to get the joke, but once you do it's really funny!
Heart-Holland Heart-Holland 9 years
I don't think enough people would get the joke, but I would be laughing to myself about it.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 9 years
By brother has it. It's geeky but clever
midnightgirl midnightgirl 9 years
I love that shirt and I also love Magritte and Mario. So it's the best of both worlds.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
lol, I totally have this shirt too. I bought it as soon as Threadless released it. Really the only shirt that I HAD to have from Threadless.
n_i_k n_i_k 9 years
Love it!
buch1979 buch1979 9 years
love Magritte.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Oh, but I dig the shirt regardless...although more b/c I understand the entire concept, not just the Mario reference.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I wouldn't have understood the reference if Geeksugar hadn't explained it. Now I feel a lil bit smarter...
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
NAHH.
kikkoman kikkoman 9 years
I would wear this shirt.
Kaori Kaori 9 years
I. Want. This. Shirt. But unfortunately...i don't think many people would get the reference >___>;;
murmurkibbies murmurkibbies 9 years
WANT!
thulikesclothes thulikesclothes 9 years
I have this shirt! I always get compliments whenever I wear it, usually because of Mario, but rarely because someone recognizes the Magritte reference.
calamari calamari 9 years
So cool. So very very cool. It reminds me of the "I am 8 bit" art show. It's an annual art exhibit featuring art inspired by video games. http://www.iam8bit.net/
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