Hands-down the the Hawaiian Airlines airplane branding is the sexiest ever in the goddamn history of the world. Period. It’s expressed on the tails of its aircraft as a graphical image of a young Hawaiian (we presume Hawaiian) woman shown in profile with a flower in her fair.
Seeing her image on the tail fin of a Boeing 747, you can practically smell the heady, fragrant mix of island flora and coconut oil, you can feel the embrace of warm sand under you feet as you sip a mai tai and let yourself slip into a drunken tropical stupor. Somewhere in the distance you hear the melty slide of a steel guitar and entrancing rhythms of gentle waves crashing.
Here’s the latest series of images for our ongoing visual culture (“VC”) project “What’s Outside the Window?” The photos were taken from a plane looking south as it flew over New York City on a recent trip. In the images you can see the southern-most tip of downtown Manhattan in the lower center, with Brooklyn on the left and New Jersey on the right.
It’s a bit crudely rendered and droll, but we like stumbling upon this stencil street art of an airplane in Amsterdam. The silhouette is positioned relative to a pair of yellow spray-paint strokes on a utility box, such that the lines appear like contrails off each wing.