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"Fucking Ace" air freshner by David Shrigley

SFr. 8.00

Unofficially labeled “talcum powder scented,” this irreverently spirited product is keen to arouse your nostrils and cleanse your car dashboard.

8,5x6,5cm

Artwork: After David Shrigley’s, Fucking Ace, 2016

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Pauline tells you a story:
The ace of spades is traditionally the highest card in the deck of playing cards, at least in English-speaking countries. In legend and folklore, it is also known as the death card.
The ace of spades has been employed, on numerous occasions, in the theater of war. In the Second World War, the soldiers of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the American 101st Airborne Division were marked with the spades symbol painted on the sides of their helmets. In this capacity, it was used to represent good luck, due to its fortunate connotations in card playing.
Some twenty years later, a folk legend about the ace of spades being used by American soldiers during the Vietnam War was popularized. Supposedly, US troops believed that Vietnamese traditions held the symbolism of the spade to mean death and ill-fortune and in a bid to frighten and demoralize Viet Cong soldiers, it was common practice to mockingly leave an ace of spades on the bodies of killed Vietnamese and even to litter the forested grounds and fields with the card. This custom was said to be so effective that the United States Playing Card Company was asked by Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment to supply crates of that single card in bulk. The ace of spades, while not a symbol of superstitious fear to the Viet Cong forces, did help the morale of American soldiers. It was not unheard of for US soldiers and Marines to stick this card in their helmet band as a sort of anti-peace sign.
So yes David, fucking war, fucking soldiers, fucking ace !!