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Signs of the Times: My Photoshop Contest

Oh, the joy that is Photoshop, the nifty little program that allows us to alter reality in fun and interesting ways.

Last month, inspired by a bit of graffiti I see every day that says "CAPITALISM IS THE PROBLEM," I invited readers to Photoshop some part of the Washington area for my entertainment. Specifically, I wanted them to mess with a sign of some sort. Today I present the results.

Danny Phillips made my dreams reality with a nifty image I could see being part of the background in a zombie movie:


Danny also did this one, combining two of my odd predilections:


Andy did a nice job with this image:


Jimmy Day made my day with this entry:



Ron Evry stirred up some great memories with this handsome image:


(Notice the timewarped "Tavern"?)

Look closely at the sign on this entry from Brian Reitz:


What was formerly inconvenient is now really inconvenient:


Finally, here is my winner. It's of a sign outside the Wilson Building, put up by the District government to protest the city's lack of Congressional representation. It usually ticks off the amount of tax money D.C. residents pay. But what ticked off the winner was the lack of an apostrophe. It should read "DC Residents' Federal Tax Dollars Paid."


My winner prefers to remain anonymous, since he (or she) works for the District government and thinks her (or his) bosses might not appreciate his (or her) sense of humor. I'll be treating her (or him) to lunch.

Thanks to all the people who sent in entries. You are a clever and talented bunch. I have another request in mind that will be perfect for springtime wandering, digital camera in hand. Stay tuned.

By John Kelly  |  March 10, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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John this is an awesome idea. I'd say copyright it so you can recycle it in 6 months, and Winegarten can't steal it.

Posted by: reddragon1 | March 10, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I love the bathroom. Very, very clever!

Posted by: LoveDC2 | March 10, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious! Definitely run this one again in a few months.

Posted by: mensa58 | March 10, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Reddragon1, I like Photoshop comptetitions as much as the next person, and these entries are fine, but this is not a new idea. This is standard fare for somethingawful, among other places, and their Photoshop threads are unbeatable. Pretty sure 4chan and lots of other places do this all the time.

Posted by: jlahorn | March 13, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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