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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Twin-tail Starbucks mermaid

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Remember the holiday latte from last year? Today I got one with the old Starbucks logo and I had to sketch it. I don't think you can get this cup design out of Seattle but I may be wrong. The first Starbucks store in Pike Place has this logo with the twin-tail mermaid design big on its front window. It looks nothing like the green one we're used to seeing.
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¿Recordáis el café con leche de motivo navideño del año pasado? Hoy me he tomado uno en vaso con el primer logotipo de la multinacional cafetera y no he podido resistir hacer un apunte. Creo que no utilizan este vaso en ningún sitio fuera de Seattle pero podría estar equivocado. En el establecimiento más antiguo de Starbucks, en Pike Place, el escaparate está adornado con este emblema de la sirena de dos colas. Ni punto de comparación con el logotipo actual.

6 comments:

  1. All the starbucks are using the twin tail logo for awhile to celebrate their anniversary. There have even been some religious groups protesting it. (I'm too lazy to Google it to find a link). I got a mocha with the logo on it. It made me smile that I was holding a little something the right might protest. :)

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  2. I just asked the barista at our Starbucks about those cups the other day. I thought maybe they were doing something eco-friendly by not using the green ink anymore. (I don't know if that actually is eco-friendly or not, I just made it up.) He told me abot the Pike Place anniversary, so there went my theory.

    And as always, I enjoy your work.

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  3. very interesting, didn't know it was because of the Pike Place Market anniversary. but are they using these cups overseas as well? anybody knows? thanks for all the background!

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  4. I can second what comfortable shoes said if you substitute "chai" for "mocha". The best part is the Starbucks I sometimes frequent by my daughter's guitar lessons is a hotbed of religious right fundamentalists. After enduring a winter's worth of listening to them talk about how "Obama is a Muslim" and how "it is our duty to stop democrats from putting baby killers back in the white house" I had a good giggle knowing the only way they could enjoy their 'non-fat, skinny, decaf carmel lattes was in a "shameful, heathen cup". It slays me that such a stink could be made over a symbol that so closely resembles something commonly found in many European churches and cathedrals.

    As for your rendering of said cup - wonderful! I especially like the light on this one. Warm and dark, it positively glows.

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  5. Great sketch! I enjoyed viewing your work.

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  6. After reading the comment by "no way" (thanks, btw) I decided to ask a Starbucks barista about these cups too. Besides what you guys have already said he pointed out that they're reviving the old logo for a while in U.S. stores -he wasn't sure about overseas- to get back to the roots of the company and be less like McDonalds. Go Starbucks! Regarding the controversy about the logo, I don't really get why some people would find it so offensive. It's just a logo, c'mon. If they do, I guess they can go to McDonalds for coffee now since they're also getting into the latte business. LOL!

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