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August 25, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: "Greek" spa sign

Athena_031005_001Athena_031005_002Andrew Lyons writes:

A spa called Athena (after the ancient Greek godess) is opening near where I work. It has an odd banner. I think the designer was told to "put a picture of a statue on it". The problem is, they used a statue of Queen Victoria. To my knowlege she wasn't Greek (or ancient enough).


whats she holding? a plunger with a broken handle?


Posted by: gmangw at August 25, 2005 12:31 AM

A sceptre.

Posted by: James Kew at August 25, 2005 03:37 AM

I'm at loss for words... O_o

Posted by: Fayth at August 25, 2005 07:25 AM

A plunger? What is she....NYPD?

Posted by: friendlydrbobo at August 25, 2005 10:02 AM

Not a very flattering statue is it?

I would say inappropriate for more than one reason.

Posted by: Sean P at August 25, 2005 10:06 AM

Given the conservative climate of the day, they probably used that because they couldn't find a non-nude or non-partially nude statue of Athena.

Posted by: sir_flexalot at August 25, 2005 11:05 AM

I'm surprised every time I see something that mixes up Roman and Greek mythology because it seems like such a simple task to figure out if your company logo/store name/etc actually makes sense. This is a little worse because the Queen has nothing to do with either mythology. So very broken...

Posted by: Manni at August 25, 2005 11:07 AM

What's broken is their ugly logo...obviously whoever designed it has never heard of the term lineweight.

Posted by: Michael at August 25, 2005 12:09 PM

Also amusing, but not truly broken for advertising, is that the image on the banner is a mirror image of the statue. Queen Victoria holds the orb in her left hand and the stick in her right hand. See:

So maybe it isn't broken? Maybe it is trying to say...

"I am Athena/Victoria. Come to my spa so you can dress in heavy garb from head to toe. Or I will crush you with my orb. No... I will hit you with my stick. Ummm, no... I will mirror image you. Ah, no... Well, whatever I do, I will do it with authority, like the imperious Greek/British authority figure that I am."

Posted by: Pat at August 25, 2005 02:52 PM

That's not an Orb; it's a Holy Hand Grenade.

Posted by: Bob at August 25, 2005 03:09 PM

That's not an orb. It's a bong. Like the one the designer must be smoking while visually crafting such brilliant logos.

Or the one the owners of the spa are smoking when hiring such individuals and approving their work.

"Well, it looks like the typeface was designed by an ADHD kindergartner and that statue is nowhere near Greek or Roman or heck, even Macedonian, but..." puff puff puff " least our designer gets us some good ganja!"

Posted by: Jennifer at August 25, 2005 03:15 PM

the "plunger head" looks like a container for oil of perfume, and the stick is a horse whip. Of COURSE she is going to go and perfume her horse, and go for a ride!

Posted by: joey joey joey joey at August 25, 2005 04:07 PM

i just realized it is not her horse she will perfume and ride. She is going to perfume and ride the A of Athena

Posted by: joey joey joey joey at August 25, 2005 04:08 PM

Well, at least they got the "E" right on their sign. So many times, greek-themed businesses will use a capital sigma in place of the letter E. That pisses me off so much... so ignorant, so broken.

Posted by: nase at August 25, 2005 06:24 PM

Non nude images are easy to find for Athena.

Tennessee has built a reproduction of The Parthenon, in Nashville (complete with statue).

This link takes you to the Museum Web page:

Posted by: Tstrms2 at August 25, 2005 07:31 PM

Watch out Athena! Vicky's got a water balloon and a pea shooter.

Posted by: T at October 24, 2005 01:03 AM

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