Monday, February 26, 2007

Genesis of Instantly Iconic

So I was reading the "Postscript" of the Letters section in the March 2007 issue of Vanity Fair. Two words jumped out at me in the opening paragraph, take a guess at what they are:

"Aptly, the lasting image of Vanity Fair's "London Swings! Again!" article and portfolio (March 1997) is of a doomed couple: Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit. Lorenzo Agius's photograph of the soon-to-be-married Oasis singer and sex-bomb actress, sprawled out on a Union Jack bedspread, was instantly iconic in Britain, where it appeared on V.F.'s cover" (left).

Wow, instantly iconic. Now that would make a great name for a website (and blog). Luckily for me, the domain name was available, and I grabbed it.

Of course, instantly means now. Iconic represents a symbol or icon of a thing. The thing can be a moment in time, a style of art or architecture, a brand, a trademark (I'm a trademark attorney by the way), a sound, a movie, etc.

Examples of things that are iconic is the photo above, so sayeth V.F. Other iconic photographs include the Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima and the picture of the Vietnamese man being executed.

A person can be iconic, such as Marilyn Monroe.

So what's the purpose of this site? Here, I hope to point out things that I think that are instantly iconic, or maybe just iconic. Feel free to e-mail me (instantlyiconic @ gmail . com) or post a comment with your suggestion of instantly iconic things. I'll try to see if I can get a vote feature on my posts. Any tips on how to do that?

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