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The Heads of State

Gulf Charity Poster

Graphic Activism

For most of us, it’s hard to know how we can contribute to cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico’s devastating oil disaster. One outfit that has clear ideas about how to help is Oceana, a nonprofit organization focused on protecting the world’s oceans. If you’d like to help support Oceana and its conservation efforts, the cool designers at The Heads of State have made it easy and rewarding.

The Heads of State is a design and illustration studio founded by Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers. The duo created a poster,
titled Oil Drop, that benefits Oceana. The two-color serigraph (18”×24”) depicts an oversized drop of oil, dripping below the U.S. The graphics are minimalist, but the message is powerful. The first run of 200 posters is signed and numbered, and Jason and Dustin are donating half of the sale price of each Oil Drop poster to Oceana.

Founded in 2001, Oceana works worldwide to address problems related to pollutants in the water, depleted fish species, wasteful fishing techniques and other issues that pose a threat to our world’s waterways. Since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Oceana has stepped up as an authority on the ramifications of the spill and a resource for people who want to learn more about the effect on marine life and options for cleaning it up

The team at The Heads of State says it best: “We know this poster won’t save the world, but we’re hoping, with your help, it can make a small impact on the growing devastation.”

— Ann
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  • Jason
    Jason

    There is no question that it is going to take a large effort to clean up the oil in the Gulf. All large efforts are made up of many small efforts and we hope that our poster will be one of those many small efforts that returns the Gulf to health. We thank Daily Grommet for highlighting our poster and the efforts of Oceana and are here to answer any questions you have.

  • George
    George
    7/2/10 12:55 PM

    I appreciated this. Thanks.

  • Jenna
    Jenna
    7/2/10 1:03 PM

    What a great contribution! I think the poster will be a relevant piece of art years down the line as well. Not only pertaining to what is going on right now, but obviously the same political issues will be forefront in the future so this poster makes a strong statement.

  • kathy Jo
    kathy Jo
    7/2/10 1:40 PM

    How will we know if we are one of the first 200 to purchase?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/2/10 2:00 PM

    It will be interesting to see how we look back at this event 10 years from now. There are so many different facets of this tragedy, environmental, political, economical, sociological, it will hopefully be an impetus to positive change.

    Kathy Jo - we will post here if the signed prints are no longer available from the first run.

  • Kelly
    Kelly
    7/2/10 2:56 PM

    This is powerful but sad. I don't think I would hang it.

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    7/2/10 4:50 PM

    @kelly - It is an amazingly powerful image and it is really sad. Thanks for your comment.

  • Patti
    Patti – Grommet Team
    7/3/10 12:48 PM

    As Pogo said on Earth Day in 1971, "We have met the enemy and he is us".

  • Cynaera
    Cynaera
    7/3/10 5:04 PM

    It IS sad, but I prefer to think of that little patch of green as hope coming back, rather than hope being swallowed by oil. I am a cockeyed optimist. Just ask anyone who knows me...

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/4/10 11:14 AM

    @Cynaera We'd never solve big problems without abiding optimism. It's more powerful than pessimism, any day.

  • Rick C. - Diabetes Diet
    Rick C. - Diabetes Diet
    10/23/10 9:50 AM

    I really am grateful what you're doing here!

  • Arthur K. - diabetes diet
    Arthur K. - diabetes diet
    10/23/10 10:18 AM

    Great entry. Looking forward to the next one.

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