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Black Report, Eruption … we have the T-shirts!!

So, last week sure was a crazy week, huh?

On Monday the eagerly-awaited Black Report was published to vast critical acclaim. Yet barely did we have the time to wrap our minds around the revelations in the report before Eyjafjallajökull started erupting and all of a sudden practically all of Europe was grounded!

So the only thing to do after a week like that? Make T-shirts!

EPI and I sat down this morning and came up with a couple of motifs.*

First, this one:

This is an ACTUAL IMAGE taken from the Black Report and it shows the cross-ownership ties between Icelandic companies in the years preceding the collapse. I am not kidding. Each of those little red dots represents a company. Yep. It’s the Anatomy of an Icelandic Business Model.

The second motif is this one:

I think that one is pretty self-explanatory, no?

Both of these are available on a variety of T-shirts, as well as tote bags and mugs.

We really hope you like them! You can see the full range of products in our IWR CafePress Store.

And now, I’m off to pack my suitcase. Icelandair claims it will be flying to Scandinavia tomorrow and like a good little Scout I must be prepared – even if it is entirely uncertain whether or not the connecting flight to Brussels will be on schedule.

* Actually it wasn’t ENTIRELY our idea — the idea of using these two pictures for T-shirts started floating around Icelandic airsp cyberspace earlier in the week. But we did come up with the motifs all on our own!



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  • Joerg April 18, 2010, 10:14 pm

    Walk into the terminal of any of the currently closed European airports wearing the second T-shirt and your popularity might plummet somehow. 😉

    Nevertheless, I like both motifs. 🙂

    Otherwise, safe journey and don’t get lost on your way to Brussels. Not to add too much of fear-mongering – but on German TV they had interviewed some guy being on his way from Oslo to NL by train, because his flight had been cancelled, all the time sitting on his suitcase in crammed draughty corridors.

  • Lissa April 18, 2010, 10:27 pm

    I’m trying very hard to come up with a way to made “Icelandic business model” fit the tune of the Major General’s song from “Pirates of Penzance.”

  • Peter - London April 18, 2010, 11:24 pm
  • The Fred from the forums April 19, 2010, 1:02 am


    You can get the right Gilbert and Sullivan rhythm with “Icelandic business failure” or “an Iceland bank catastrophe”.

  • Penn Bullock April 19, 2010, 3:30 am


  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland April 19, 2010, 11:18 am

    @alda thank you for closing down britischer aiports in london town my most super rich enemy property ownwing hardworking people the tears of those britisch when they realised that they could not get to there time shares in malaga was truly wonderfullllll.The best thing since the luftwaffe bombed the heck out of that place,please send more ash not cash from from Hekla or Laki .

  • Lissa April 19, 2010, 2:54 pm

    Fred, I think “Icelandic bank catastrophe” scans well. Thank you. I’d try to do the verses (with the names of the 30 and the bankrupt companies), but if Icelanders are laughing at how foreigners pronounce Eyjafjallajökull, I don’t think that my thick accent and creative interpretation of Icelandic would do any good for their reputation as sober (when it isn’t the weekend, anyway), mature people.

  • andrea April 19, 2010, 4:27 pm

    Once you start building a Cafe Press shop it can be kind of addicting, can’t it? (At least it was for me.) I think the Anatomy of an Icelandic Business Model graphic is quite beautiful, actually, and I’m sorely tempted…