For The Horny Fontaholic In You

I was browsing *Wallpaper magazine the other day…and came across this in their Sex Issue: Type Tart Cards.

About the project

Tart cards are the means by which many London prostitutes advertise their services. Step into almost any central London phone box and you can contemplate up to 80 cards inviting you to be tied, teased, spanked or massaged.

Even if a police crackdown, the internet and the increasing use of mobile phones suggest their days are numbered, tart cards are still so pervasive they are now regarded as items of accidental art and have something of a cult following. Once on the periphery of design, tart cards have influenced the work of many mainstream artists such as Royal Academician Tom Phillips and Sex Pistols designer Ray and Nils Stevenson.

In conjunction with St Bride Library and Type, we asked designers – from students to superstars – to find the tart hiding in every type and create their own graphic numbers. Along with a selection in the magazine, all 450 cards can be viewed here. They will also be on display at KK Outlet, London from 22nd to 29th June. Click here for the invite to the show.

In among this plethora of brilliant, witty graphic designs we would like to highlight the serious issue that lies at the heart of the world of tart cards – the plight of trafficked women in the sex industry. It is a subject touched eloquently on by Mike Dempsey of Studio Dempsey, who is a volunteer at the Helen Bamber Foundation which helps rebuild lives broken by human rights violations. While our exhibition is an ode to the graphic qualities of the tart card phenomena, Dempsey’s design is a pertinent reminder of the sinister world that lies beneath every card.”

Amazing, no?

Here’s some of my personal favourites:

As much of a font whore as I may be (seriously, if I have nothing to do on the interwebs and I’m bored, I download and instal cool fonts on my computer) – this takes things to a whole new level.

What do you think?

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6 Responses to For The Horny Fontaholic In You

  1. Oh I thoroughly enjoyed the post! I think they are fabulous. Now if I can only find my fav – Comic Sans…

  2. Angel says:

    They’re pretty cool!
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  3. LiLu says:

    LOVE IT. That is hilarious!!! What a super unique idea.
    .-= LiLu´s last blog ..I Would Like My Headstone to Say “Killed (Indirectly) By One Stringer Bell,” Please =-.

  4. saaleha says:

    All very cleverly done, and I like that there’s a good cause attached to it.
    Debbie Does Dingbats especially.

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  6. Hardspear says:

    I am a fontaholic as well. My StarWars font is my favourite – but difficult to use.

    The first tart card I had ever seen was in 1995 when a friend of mine made a postcard out of it and sent it to me. It read ‘schoolgirl fantasy and spanking lessons’ which reminds me, I even have the official font schools use – it is called Junior.

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