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Thistle do! – But no crap!

An advertising art director, Brooke Kenney From Minneapolis USA left a comment on my posting about Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde the Thistle Man explaining his similarity to one of his (Kenney’s) creations Wee Willie. I’m not sure whether this was a commission or whether Brooke and his associates simply saw an opportunity in selling this merchandise in advance of the referendum.

Wee Willie

Clyde the Thistle Man










Not the kind of thing I’d wear but I was quite amused at the following item and the way it is presented on the site:


3 Responses

  1. If it’s not Scottish, it’s Crap comes from a Saturday Night Live series of sketches starring Mike Meyer. Stick the slogan in Youtube and it should bring one up.

  2. Hi Ben, I’m just seeing this now.

    To answer your question about the design, it is of my own design. I developed it after learning about the referendum, and a visit to the Wallace Monument in ’09. I felt so strongly about the potential for independence, I spent a year refining Willie and the messages. Along the way, I decided to have some fun, too. That phrase… “If it’s not Scottish…” is spoken often at pubs, etc. I wasn’t aware of it’s origin, but now I do.

    P.S. the labels are mixed-up on Clyde and Willie. Also, if you ever want a higher-quality image, let me know.

    • Brooke, nice to hear from you again. Interesting to know the story behind the character. I was amused by the apparent irony of the shirt saying “If it’s not Scottish it’s crap” being accompanied with the “Made in USA” tagline. I always mix up the labels on lookalikes. It’s probably a tired joke now but that fashion was started by Private Eye magazine on this side of the Atlantic many years ago.

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