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Modern Marks of Legend - bringing historical symbolic language forward for today's social statements.
Eugene, ORE – A talented and creative woman finds her niche combining language with art. Launching HoboCode.Me, Val Stilwell brings forward the lost language of migrant workers commonly called hobos. Known to draw iconic type marks on fence posts, barns, and other pole type structures, hobos used glyph language as they communicated with each other while passing through towns. The glyphs remained consistent as they aided hundreds of thousands of people move across the country during the 1930s and 40’s.
Stilwell, a communication strategist, sees the glyphs as a natural extension of today’s icon familiar societies. “So many people have common thoughts and beliefs that can translate into simply glyphs that are recognized off line as well as online. And often, we’re not looking to hold dialog but show solidarity, you know like that secret handshake for those in the know, wink, wink, nod, nod type stuff. People can recognize common statement beliefs each other with a simple symbol.”
The hoboglyphs are a true inspiration – they easily translate to today’s issues, social statements, and activities such as using man with a gun to represent the second amendment of the right to bear arms, hold your tongue, and even safe place to camp.
Available as decals and as prints on hats,T-shirts, Totes and more, Stilwell sees a great future for her company as she utilizes social media channels of Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to let folks know about the product line. Tapping into social statements with the right timing and product price points aimed at maximizing the broadest reach possible, HoboCode.Me has a compelling appeal to many.
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