Janks Illustrated is a collection of prints, artist multiples and a digital release with bonus material. Featuring illustrations from the Janks Archive by Brooke Inman, Lisa Ramsey, Cecelia Phillips, Ben K. Voss, Jerstin Crosby, Michelle Fried, Thu Tran, Taylor Dell, Taylor Baldwin, Renee Delosh, Bill Fick, Thad Kellstadt, and Dave Krofta.

Poster from "Janks Illustrated" by Brooke Inman

Poster from “Janks Illustrated” by Brooke Inman

Janks Archive is an ongoing investigation and collection of insult humor from cultures around the world. Insults are an ancient oral tradition embedded within the collective consciousness of a culture or region with inherent ties to human social evolution. How people insult one another and what is perceived to be “bad” or “unattractive” differs from place to place. While the intention appears, at first, to be cruel and negative, janks are in fact an integral aspect of human interaction, used as much to establish dominance as to strengthen camaraderie.

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Janks Illustrated includes flocked screenprint, risograph, lino print, post cards, posters, temporary tattoos, ‘Bond Water’ car freshener, stickers and a digital audio download.

The collaborative project by Ben Kinsley, Jessica Langley and Jerstin Crosby, documents this tradition through crowd-sourcing and field recordings made with video and audio equipment. They host public collection events in international locations in which they film willing participants reciting janks from memory and gather contextual information (such as where they heard it, in what setting, and approximately when) in an attempt to trace origins.

Collected material is organized by geographic location and keyword tags, grouping janks by subject matter. JA is presented as an archive via their website and video database, as well as through public exhibitions, screenings, and editioned publications such as Janks Illustrated which you can purchase directly from the Acid Rain shop.

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