Some pranks simmer inside my skull for a while before I actually perform
them. Actually, all of them do. The fake printer samples prank has
been on the back burner for at least 2 years.
Wherever printers are sold, you find them: crisp colorful printouts showing the whole palette of a printer's ability.
The Epson print out on the left has a Martha Stewart look-alike & a New England scene
In the old days you could count on the printout having (A) a beautiful
woman's face, (B) a beautiful piece of machinery and (C) the words
Things have opened up a little more, and now you can spot a wide variety of images there.
I figured as long as the printout had the name of a printer on it & it was full-color, it would be believable.
This Hewlett Packard Sample Print has a lizard & a guy holding a camera.
The obvious joke is a latex-clad porn star, but I was afraid that anything
too racy would be discarded by a prudish saleswoman.
I decided instead to compose a sheet that promoted my smiling face as much as the fictional printer.
The first step was to photograph my own HP DeskJet 932C & Photoshop in a Suze Randall girl to spice up the printer itself..
Then I copied the logos and trademarked slogans of the printer manufacturers and started composing my own colorful work.
|Here is what I came up with: a mosaic of 5
images and some ridiculous text:
HP PhotoSmart P1000/P1100A Printers
Brilliant photo quality with HP's PhotoREt III color layering technology
I had so much fun with the first one I thought I would put together a second one at the same time.
The epson logo is about the easiest thing in the world to fake. I got to use lusty women for this image, plus the shot of leif, mark and I brushing our teeth from how much is inside toothpaste.
EPSON Stylus Photo 895A
Perfect for home publishing, graphic design or everyday office use.
I printed up two of each at the highest resolution my printer could handle
on the nicest paper I have.
Then I took them to Kinko's to get them laminated. The real thing is hardly ever laminated, but I have found that people are quite reluctant to destroy anything that is housed in clear plastic.
I went to Fry's electronics first, and placed one of each, but I was unable to get a photo there. They are kind of anal about people taking photos in there...or making sketches...or mental notes.
A few days later I went to CompUSA and dropped off another one near all the printers.
I plan on leaving some at Best Buy and Radio Shack too. I'll try Gateway Country if I really feel bold!
PRANK BONUS: I went to all the trouble of making these printouts, maybe you have a design in mind! Download 300 dpi .jpgs of the epson(240K) and hp(250K) printout blanks here, and plant your own fake print samples! Send me an email if you make one... Don't forget to include pictures of Hitler!
other pranks | homeContact Rob March 8, 2001.