‘Never underestimate the imaginative powers or depravity of some people. For such a simple, arguably dumb idea, it proved to be very rich.’
PECKER is the world’s largest collection of illustrated penises. The latest venture of designer Jon Bland and copywriter Louie Zeegen, the book is both a homage to the humble phallus and a playful comment on contemporary design projects. Drawn by unknown penophiles and established artists alike – Mr Bingo, Marion Deuchars, Tim Lahan and Mike Perry to name a few – the dick-pics were all crowd-sourced, with people submitting directly to Jon and Louie via the stand they set up at Kiosk publishing fair in London. The results are weird and wonderful, with 480 pages of penai ranging from the textbook, to the more exercise-book variety. And it’s not just prospective doodlers who were drawn to the project; following its launch at the KK Outlet in early December 2015, the book has seen two complete sell-out print runs – Jon and Louie tell me they’ve even sold their own copies. Evidently the world is as desperate as we are to find a design project where the pricks are the work not the people behind it. Ladybeard spoke with the pair to find out more.