May 21 2013
Over the next few weeks, in celebration of the forthcoming release of Tao Lin's latest novel, Taipei, we will be featuring a weekly selection of photos taken by the author during his recent trip to Taipei, Taiwan. While there, he took thousands of pictures with his iPhone, pictures which he has divided into albums titled things like "Taipei fashion," "Taipei carbs," "Taipei babies," and "Taipei animals," among others. In this selection, Tao shows us some of his favorite signs around Taipei.
"scoopo it up"
"Beware of column"
There are many more bathroom (& directional) signs in Taipei now, I think, than 8 to 15 years ago. I like this change. Seems playful.
Saw this design only once, I think.
Arrows pointing at nothing.
Painkiller ad, I think.
When I saw this I instantly intuited that it would be popular if on Tumblr. Then, imagining it a little, I could see how it might not be popular at all. Now I feel not sure at all.
"New Chaos Healthy Hall"
Ad for a movie about competitive tug-of-war, I think.
Previously - The Grand Hotel
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