What’s wrong with this picture?

French pizza box from La Clusaz, France. Image copyright LeFrancoPhoney blog.I bought a pizza in La Clusaz the other night and the box looked like this:

So, what’s wrong with this picture? Actually, what’s right about it!

  1. I’m in the French ski resort of La Clusaz: where is the seaside and the boat?
  2. The girl in the background, still young enough to need a floaty, seems to have cleavage.
  3. The girl is also looking a bit ‘up for it’ despite her interest in sand castle building (bucket in hand) and floaty dependency.
  4. The pizza man is grinning just a little too happily: I’m guessing he’s just seen the ‘up for it’ girl.
  5. Is his pizza stick not just a bit phallic? Especially the way it’s pointing through a gaping hole and towards the girl?

Maybe it is actually a wholesome illustration that some Italian created to truly reflect the happiness of the pizza-maker charged with making my pizza, or to reflect how imaginative a pizza can be or something. Actually, it probably is: a friend showed me a drawing that a little boy did at her work. It had KKK written on it, a man in a white pointy hat, and a green man with wings who was crying. It turns out that the five year-old is not actually up on the Klu Klux Klan: his name is Karl but he can only write the K so far, and my friend had painted his friend’s face green.

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2 comments on “What’s wrong with this picture?
  1. Celita says:

    Hi, I am very curious to know more about pizza box artists. Did you, by chance, notice a name or initial on that box? I agree, though, odd image ( the beach one). Thanks for sharing the images. Funny coincidence? Have a nice day. 🙂

  2. Wendy says:

    Hi Celita. There was no signature or other individual features on the boxes. I suspect someone was happy to leave their name off and sell out!

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  1. UPDATE: Here’s ANOTHER pizza box just like the last, without the girl with the cleavage and the beach scene. Freaky!

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