But this got me thinking – not really in any particular urban or architectural way, but just generally thinking about Mickey as a cultural icon. In a uniquely NZ context of course, there is Dick Frizzell’s famous and famously clever Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke where he transposed the sacred symbol of Maoridom out of the sacred symbol of Mousification:
Frizzell has created a whole industry now of placing this graphic on objets de desirability, including pillowcases, bags, posters, mugs, rugs and other assorted ephemera. At least – I hope it is him making money out of it, and not some back-street rip-off merchants.
To which of course there can only be one answer: Send in the Grocer. A riposte to a repost, if you will, recalling the famous Four Square man and his iconografication by Frizzle over many years. Here’s the ultimate ethnic kiwi Grocer: