dazzle ship camouflage, classic or dud?

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good grief!!1!!1!!1!

Pashmina (Pashmina), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 23:33 (sixteen years ago) link


But I would think that's great.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 23:35 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't understand this. Are the ships supposed to hide in front of an OMD end cap?

felicity (felicity), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 23:49 (sixteen years ago) link

That's one of my favourites!! did u see them on the tour they did for that one ned? it was fukcing great.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 23:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Couldn't have seen that, as I was eleven and in upstate New York at the time.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 February 2003 23:54 (sixteen years ago) link


These weird designs broke up the ship's silohuette on the horizon. However, sonar was discovered almost as soon as this sort of camoflauge was discovered, rendering it moot. The period during which military ships sported these cubist designs was so brief that almost no one remembers it happened.

Aimless, Wednesday, 19 February 2003 23:56 (sixteen years ago) link

They should still paint ships like this! Practical or not, it's effin' k-classic!

Bill E (bill_e), Thursday, 20 February 2003 00:22 (sixteen years ago) link

it's not very relevant, but it just struck me how similar that album cover looks to this one, from the mighty eska:


i'll go back to sleep, now.

g-kit (g-kit), Thursday, 20 February 2003 11:21 (sixteen years ago) link

I very well remember at the beginning of the war being with Picasso on the boulevard Raspail when the first camouflaged truck passed. It was at night, we had heard of camouflage but we had not seen it and Picasso amazed looked at it and then cried out, yes it is we who made it, that is cubism.
Gertrude Stein Picasso (1938)

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Thursday, 20 February 2003 11:32 (sixteen years ago) link

One of the most classic things EVER. I can hardly believe this, it's so fantastic!

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 20 February 2003 11:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Nelson: "I see no — OMIGOD MY EYES!! I mean my eye!! I mean my OTHER eye!! Blimey kiss me Hardy. Emmaluvscake. Etc"


mark s (mark s), Thursday, 20 February 2003 12:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Fanatastic, love it. The idea that a subcaptain my poke up his periscope and go - "surely that cannot be a ship, it is painted so garishly" and not fire at it is brilliant wrongheaded psychology. What actually happened was a sub captain would poke up his periscope and go "surely that cannot be a ship, it is painted so garishly - fire one torpedo just in case."

Pete (Pete), Thursday, 20 February 2003 12:51 (sixteen years ago) link

subcaptain my:


mark s (mark s), Thursday, 20 February 2003 12:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I want my house like that.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Thursday, 20 February 2003 13:11 (sixteen years ago) link

he idea that a subcaptain my poke up his periscope and go - "surely that cannot be a ship, it is painted so garishly" and not fire at it is brilliant wrongheaded psychology.

Surely the point was that all the op-art visual effects would confuse the sub captain so that he couldn't make out the ship's range and heading.

caitlin (caitlin), Thursday, 20 February 2003 13:29 (sixteen years ago) link

[insert feeble joke abt sub headings]

mark s (mark s), Thursday, 20 February 2003 13:40 (sixteen years ago) link

three years pass...


Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Monday, 20 February 2006 20:17 (thirteen years ago) link

classy dan, did you plan your party for exactly 3 years from the last post on this thread?

Graham Gouldman (Graham Gouldman), Monday, 20 February 2006 20:20 (thirteen years ago) link

far out

kingfish has gene rayburn's mic (kingfish 2.0), Monday, 20 February 2006 20:21 (thirteen years ago) link

3 years ago I read those posts and thought, Dazzle Ships, hmmm. If I name my new party that, everyone on this board is gonna think I stole it from them. So I will wait for exactly 3 years, and Dazzle Ships will arrive.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Monday, 20 February 2006 20:23 (thirteen years ago) link

that's a great poster

geoff (gcannon), Monday, 20 February 2006 20:29 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

JW (ex machina), Wednesday, 26 April 2006 21:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Pash beat me me out by several years:
beardo house - not idjuts / lindstrom - harvey, rub'n'tug, map of africa

jinx hijinks (sanskrit), Wednesday, 26 April 2006 21:37 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...
did somebody say Dazzle Ships?

We have Beppe Loda tonight.


Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 05:23 (thirteen years ago) link

alright! tacos nearby!

kingfish trapped under ice (kingfish 2.0), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 05:25 (thirteen years ago) link

It's not just a camouflage, it's a font!


nickn (nickn), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 21:47 (thirteen years ago) link

The physiological effects on the crew were profound. Almost all of the crew were violently ill. Some suffered from mental illness because of the experience — behavior conforming to schizophrenia is described in some accounts. Still other members were missing — supposedly "vanished" — and allegedly five of the crew were actually fused to the metal bulkhead or deck of the ship.

Sir Dr. Rev. PappaWheelie Jr. II of The Third Kind (PappaWheelie 2), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:14 (thirteen years ago) link

philadelphia experiment i presume?

tremendoid (tremendoid), Thursday, 24 August 2006 23:21 (thirteen years ago) link

loose lips pappa wheelie!

j blount (papa la bas), Friday, 25 August 2006 00:24 (thirteen years ago) link


captain reverend gandalf jesus (nickalicious), Friday, 25 August 2006 18:25 (thirteen years ago) link

i say merge philly experiment and dazzle ships into one legend...

Sir Dr. Rev. PappaWheelie Jr. II of The Third Kind (PappaWheelie 2), Friday, 25 August 2006 19:14 (thirteen years ago) link

four months pass...
I saw His Girl Friday again at an AFI screening last night and noticed that Rosalind Russell's outfit in the opening scenes is basically dazzle camo.


Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Thursday, 18 January 2007 20:08 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

I kinda like the spiral camo on this disguised 2010 6-series test mule


Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Saturday, 7 March 2009 09:23 (ten years ago) link

Whoa, that's HUGE.

But it's also BEAUTIFUL and even though I can't really be bothered with cars... WANT!!!!

Maybe I'll paint the bathroom in spiral dazzle camo. Yeah.

Dances With Psychedelic Owls (Masonic Boom), Saturday, 7 March 2009 09:27 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

RISD discovered by accident that they have a pretty massive collection of dazzle ship art. Apparently the exhibit just closed, but there's some smallish images up at http://www.risd.edu/dazzle/

And goddamnit Internet, where is the high-res scanning? Why aren't there posters available of this?

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 23:25 (ten years ago) link

UPDATE: apparently the exhibit has been extended for another week. Someone has to go to this...

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 23:26 (ten years ago) link

ha, if you google the names on those design cards it's easy enough to find actual photos of the ships

for instance
K I Luchenbach

koogs, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 09:56 (ten years ago) link

OK nobody has, so I will, especially as I dug it out THIS MORNING!


Mark G, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 10:05 (ten years ago) link

was too obvious 8)

the painting (Dazzle Ship In Drydock, Edward Wadsworth) that inspired that cover is here:

lots of the painting of these ships was done in birkenhead docks, hence their fascination with them

koogs, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 11:02 (ten years ago) link

(oh, EW was instrumental in the design of the ships rather than just recording the results)

koogs, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 11:06 (ten years ago) link

(it would have been too obvious, but I literally did haul it out this morning)
Coincidences, Whoo.....

Mark G, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 11:07 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

Aw yeah!

Germanic Street Preachers (Masonic Boom), Sunday, 24 May 2009 06:24 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

Comminwealth Projects in Los Angeles has dazzled shipped their building. (Building photos after the ship photos.)

Commonwealth Projects

nickn, Thursday, 2 June 2011 17:25 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

just back from tate britain where they have these prints for sale (limited giclee prints of original woodcut print, or something)


(link not actually to tate, but somewhere else)

koogs, Friday, 3 August 2012 20:50 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

that last one just looks like digital camo - is pixels rather than polygons.

anyway, more splinter:

koogs, Friday, 18 January 2013 15:12 (six years ago) link

Top plane is ace, makes it look like it's made from lego.

Troughton-masked Replicant (aldo), Friday, 18 January 2013 15:39 (six years ago) link

dazzle ship camouflage, classic or dud? (cough)

koogs, Friday, 18 January 2013 16:11 (six years ago) link

finartcompany link is dead. so here's another.


koogs, Friday, 18 January 2013 16:13 (six years ago) link

img post or gtfo imho

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 18 January 2013 16:25 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

those pipe shapes are very Leger-esque

john wahey (NickB), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:41 (five years ago) link

it's not a great job, is it?

i liked this when i saw it (it's Chelsea Arts Club):


koogs, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:56 (five years ago) link

We had in-laws visiting from overseas last week so were doing touristy things, went on a Thames Clipper past the warship, it looks pretty cool from the water.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:36 (five years ago) link

Oh, we saw that on our Thames Walk the other week. We were wondering what that was about. My companion insisted it was graffiti art of some kind, I said it was Dazzle Ships. In a way we were both right.

Branwell with an N, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:09 (five years ago) link

This is effectively the opposite of dazzle ships, but one editorial test I took had me summarising Warpaint, a guide to acceptable paints for Royal Navy ships. A hauntingly & hypnotically dull document.

woof, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:28 (five years ago) link

My uncle used to build boats for the US navy, and I remember looking through some of the paint catalogs showing paint chips and milspec numbers for like 9000 different shades of orange which all looked exactly the same to me. A particular boat might spec for, say, any of 4 of those numbers, and they'd have to find a supplier who did one of those 4. The other 8996 colors, which looked exactly the same, were unacceptable.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:34 (five years ago) link

i hope there are bad procurement officers who just buy job lots of grey paint off ebay because it looks about right and it says it's weatherrproof.

woof, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:15 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

Dazzle make-up.


nickn, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:51 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

Thought this revive was going to be about juggalos and members of KISS evading facial recognition.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 12 July 2019 03:09 (three months ago) link


Elvis Telecom, Friday, 12 July 2019 04:30 (three months ago) link

Sorry to disappoint.

nickn, Friday, 12 July 2019 04:34 (three months ago) link

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