Texas needs a new rendering for its official Don’t Mess with Texas litterbags, one to commemorate the 25th anniversary of anti-litter campaign.
So officials — rather than paying an ad agency because, well, the state doesn’t have a lot of disposable income just now — opened the design process to the general public. That would be you.
The Design A Litterbag contest opens — 1, 2, 3, go — today, and the deadline for submitting entries comes up June 16. It’s open to Texas residents 18 and older, and the winner, according to the state’s press release, “will get a Texas-sized prize: The winning design will appear on 200,000 special-edition Don't Mess with Texas 25th anniversary litterbags.” So, I guess the winner doesn’t get money, just the satisfaction of a job well done.
Check out all the online official contest rules and applications.
Here’s an idea for some artist out there to give design life: someone handing a smoldering cigarette butt back through an open car window to the idiot who just tossed it out with a caption reading, “Excuse me, but you dropped this.”
While we’re at it, somebody please come up with a new phrase for litterers. “Litter bug” is just too damn cute for such nasty behavior.
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He finds littering to be the height of conceit.