Insanely potent IKEA pellets will fuck you up!
Powerhouse IKEA pills will slay your synapses and may result in a toxic state or even death.
After making headlines in a few fashion rags and art zines lately (mostly due to Balenciaga‘s IKEA-inspired blue tote that costs a whopping $2,150 and OFF-WHITE’s Virgil Abloh’s announcement that he will ‘re-design’ the IKEA bag), the transnational scando furniture brand (and underrated Swedish meatball bistro) is back in the news. And this time it’s not good.
Authorities in Britain have issued an urgent warning that “extra strong” ecstasy pills, made in the iconic blue and yellow IKEA colorways, are swirling around the UK’s underground party circuit and causing “extremely adverse effects.” The police have issued the following statement: “Anyone who feels sick after taking these tablets should seek urgent medical attention.” The pills made headlines when an 18-year-old in Jersey (located between Britain and France in the ‘Channel Islands’ — not New Jersey, USA), tragically died a few days ago after reportedly taking the toxic tablets. Ecstasy users in London and Brighton have also reported excessive psychoactivity and involuntary jaw clenching/teeth grinding/seizures after popping the pernicious square pills.
The IKEA logo, like other global consumer brands, has been increasingly appropriated and exploited by cultural jammers and POPagandists for a variety of reasons. Agitators and advocates often try to subvert mainstream institutions and global firms, including corporate behemoths like IKEA. They seek to “expose the methods of domination” of a mass society to foster change or incite anarchy (think drug peddler and terrorist Saïd Kouachi, art rebels Banksy, Ron English, etc. and the whole ‘subvertizing’ movement) or just think it’s cool to be a ‘brand bandit’ and prankster/provocateur. Now it seems the Walter Whites of the world are getting in the détournement game too, applying the most visible logos and wittiest meme hacks to pill production. It is all fun and games until someone loses an eye (or their life).
If you see the little blue/yellow buggers do not swallow them!
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