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Those living in the Washington, D.C. area in the '80s circa the Iran-Contra scandal might remember the bold graphic poster emblazoned with "Meese Is A Pig" popping up around the city. They were hard to miss for commuters and locals alike. The posters appeared overnight and were visible on various public spaces. The graphics were clearly aimed at Reagan cabinet member and advisor Edwin Meese who was enmeshed in Iran/Contra and also the champion of various far-right causes in the administration. The poster campaign got national attention. Soon, the poster's creator, Jeff Nelson (of Dischord Records and Minor Threat fame) was revealed. With respect to Nelson's album sleeve and logo designs (among our favorites ever!), his "Meese Is A Pig" poster remains his masterpiece. Nelson sold T-shirts with the image, which covered his printing costs and the graphics lived on long after the street campaign was over. With Edwin Meese back in the news as the backer a government shutdown and national anti-Obamacare efforts, we're pleased to see "Meese Is A Pig" getting its due.

Read TNR's interview with Nelson and history of "Meese Is A Pig."

A decade ago, Matthew Hoffman's "You Are Beautiful" campaign began as a sticker project in an edition of just 100. Milions of stickers later, he began producing installations and public murals around the same theme. This year, with help from Johalla Projects, he'll bring the words in 8-foot-tall wooden format to the fifth annual 35 Denton Music Festival in Denton, TX March 7–10, 2013. The 100-ft.-long word sculpture will be mounted on top of the Dan’s Silverleaf venue, in downtown Denton.