Dec 19, 2011

Two-Headed Tarzan

I was so surprised and amused to see this label. 
What a crazy idea to use this two-headed Tarzan for labelling? 
Its a sarong's label. 
Sarong usually used in South East Nations like Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam etc. 
Tarzan Kepala Dua = two-headed tarzan
tenunan Indonesia asli = Indonesian original woven
ditanggung tidak luntur = guaranteed not to fade
source: Facebook @ Tiksna Pramudita

Dec 17, 2011

You Can Borrow This but Don't Subscribed

Pinjam Boleh Asal Jangan Langganan = You Can Borrow This but Don't Subscribed.
One of popular sticker commonly encountered in the third-class community.

Nov 29, 2011

Better to Die Than to Live Enslaved

Lebih baik mati dari pada hidup diperbudak = Better to die than to live enslaved.
One of popular sticker commonly encountered in the third-class community, as a joke in the crush of poverty...

Nov 23, 2011

Rengginang Lorjuk - Typical Snack from Madura

"Rengginang Lorjuk" is a typical snack from Madura, East Java. 
Made from glutinous rice and flavored with shrimp extract, formed to a small round and then fried. 
Tasty and a little bit fishy.
Why use pigeons for labelling?
istimewa =  excellent.

Nov 20, 2011

Biscuits Label

"ROSE JAYA" biscuit.
Use simple image of a rose.
Silkscreened on plastic.
From Batu, Malang, East Java.
mari wijen : marie biscuits coated with sesame.
wijen : sesame
mengutamakan mutu : give priority to quality

Nov 16, 2011

As Simple As It's Get

Hello Folks,
This is not a promotion!
It's about appreciating the idea & the work of a man.
No matter whether it works by amateurs or maestro-made, 

there are ideas, time, and efforts have been wasted when making it.

Grafis Sederhana want to collect  labels that sometimes wasted and forgottenNot just who makes it or who design it, these graphical works are not fully considered tooOnce it was used then thrown to trash

In fact, these scattered graphics implied: interest, enthusiasm, habits, lifestylephilosophy, (or whatever its called) as a cultured nation.

Grafis Sederhana want to appreciate these 'simple, unique and characteristic Indonesian's graphical labels'. 

Nov 13, 2011

TAU SA KO - Chinese Traditional Snacks

Traditional snack from green beans. Using images of wasps and pomegranates fruits as a label. 
Made by descendants of the Chinese who live in Indonesia.
Label silkscreened on paper as packaging.
From Malang, East Java, Indonesia.
delima = pomegranates.
tawon = wasp.

Nov 12, 2011

SOLONG, ULEE KARENG Coffee from Aceh, Sumatra


Aceh specialty coffee named Ulee Kareng. 
Coffee beans are fried and given a unique mix of butter, eggsvanilla powder, and sugar. 
Pounded with a very simple equipment
This Arabican Coffee gives unforgettable aroma. Label silkscreened on plastic as packaging.

Nov 11, 2011

Camilan Potato

Mickey and Donald are probably the two icons widely used as a graphic label
Mostly used without copyright permissionJust like this one, a graphic label of potato snack products
Label simply photocopied and just inserted into the packaging. 
From Malang, East Java, Indonesia.
By the way, Mickey looks so happy...
Camilan Potato = fried potato snacks.

Oct 25, 2011

Mi Jagung - Corn Noodles

Simple and plain graphical label of a noodle product. Perhaps too simple. Look at picture of farmer in the upper left. The colors and fonts used. As if made ​​by person who are just learning to design.
From Tangerang, West Java, Indonesia
kenyal dan gurih = chewy and tasty.
pertama di Indonesia = first in Indonesia.

Oct 6, 2011

Coffee Powder "Tetap Sejati" from North Sulawesi

Natural coffee flavor from Sulawesi.
Look at picture of a man were drinking coffee. 
That's unique man!
Tetap Sejati = remains true.
Kopi bubuk = coffee powder.
Asli = pure.
Enak rasanya = tasty.
Harum baunya = fragrant.

Sep 17, 2011

Pay For Now, Tomorrow Free

Sekarang Bayar Besok Gratis = Pay For Now, Tomorrow is Free.

When tomorrow comes there will be 'present', and it means free forever...

Popular sticker commonly encountered in the third-class community, as a joke in the crush of poverty...

Sep 14, 2011

This is Bad, indeed, But This is Mine

Jelek-jelek Milik Sendiri = This is bad, indeed, but this is, absolutely, mine.
Confident? I don't think so.
Popular sticker commonly encountered in the third-class communityas a joke in the crush of poverty...

Sep 9, 2011

Shredded Chicken

"VARIA" Abon Ayam = Shredded Chicken.
Processed food (chicken meat) that was shredded, sliced ​​into small pieces, seasoned and then fried. With image of a hen as graphical label. Established since 1935? I don't know is it true or not.

From Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

Sep 7, 2011

"LIOE" fresh milk

A pack of "LIOE" fresh milk, fresh from the farm.
Found in Malang, East Java Indonesia.
Silk-screened on plastic.

Sep 6, 2011

World's Swan

Graphical label of a sewing thread products "Angsa Dunia" = World's Swan.
You can see a swan perched on globe.
What a unique label.

Sep 4, 2011

City Sticker = Stiker Kota

Book that review on stickers.
Wrote by Ugeng T. Moetidjo, Ardi Yunanto, Ade Darmawan & Mirwan Andan. 
Publisher: ruangrupa, Research & Development Division, 2008

This book contains about 1700s stickers from their collection, divided into 40 categories, from "Indonesian-ness", "Apparatus" to "Flora", "Fauna", "Women & Eroticism", "Playboy", even a very specific such as "Hitler" or "Bob Marley". For this type of sticker text-only, there are several more categories, namely: "Classic text", "Text warning", "Text caution", and "Text Message".

All that stickers decorate the city streets, the walls of buildings in alleys inexpensive metropolitan, or in various identity attributes of ordinary people in the city. Making cities, especially Jakarta, full of visual art's joke on stickers.

Cakep Tapi Blo'on

Sticker "Cakep Tapi Blo'on" = Handsome But Stupid.
A self-actualization of third class society.
This sticker usually taped to motorbikes or public transport.
Take a look at fonts, colors and drawing.
Popular sticker commonly encountered in the third-class communityas a joke in the crush of poverty...

Aug 13, 2011

Mochi Kaswari

Mochi Kaswari "Lampion"
Lampion = lantern.
Mochi (origin Chinese and Japanese snack) is also well known and popular in Indonesia. 
This one from Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia.

Silk-screened in green and gold ink.

Aug 5, 2011

Cigarette "KOMET"

Komet (Comet) as graphical label on a cigarette pack.
From Malang, East Java, Indonesia.

Aug 2, 2011

What I Am Trying To Eat

This is what I am trying to eat in simple-traditional stalls I posted before: fried tempeh (covered with rice flour) with boiled cassava leaf and hot tea. 
It does look simple, but believe it or not, it was very spicy and enjoyable!
Look at the ornamented zinc-plate that is still used.

Simple Breakfast

This is a routine activity in the mornings at the market near Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.  

These people buy simple breakfast in a simple-traditional open stalls.  

Simple but healthy menu consists of: fried tofu, fried tempeh (processed soybean), warm rice, hot tea and a variety of seasoned vegetables.

Jul 30, 2011

A Pack of Tea "TJANGKIR"

A Pack of Tea "TJANGKIR" from Pekalongan, Central Java, Indonesia.  
Still with the old spelling (tjangkir = cangkir = cup).  
Graphic label featuring 'a cup with steaming hot tea'.  
There are too, motifs such as batik motif with 'repetition of a cup' in background.

Jul 25, 2011

Graphical Label of CJDW Plastic Bag

Graphical label of plastic bag product.
I do love the drawing that describes the atmosphere of traditional market in Indonesia.

Jul 20, 2011


Graphical label: TJEE JAN Yarn.
From Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

Jul 5, 2011

Umbrella - Pearl Yarn

Unique yarn label: UMBRELLA. I really love this unique drawing.

May 20, 2011


"SAMUDRO ARTO" (Javanese) = Ocean of Money.
Name/letter that painted in the body of a pedicab.
Found in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

Pedicab "SAERAH"

SAERAH is an acronym from "Sae Tur Murah" (Javanese) = good and cheap. This is real "cheap and healthy transportation". A kind of pedicab in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.

Apr 20, 2011

Mitsubishi Hand Knitting Yarn

I just know that Mitsubishi also produce yarns. Or is this just similarity?
If Yamaha also manufactures musical instruments in addition to motorcycle, then it might that Mitsubishi also produce yarns besides cars and electrical equipments.
Is this true?

Apr 17, 2011

Putri Duyung (Mermaid)

Putri Duyung = Mermaid.
Graphical label of yarn product.
This mermaid was carrying an umbrella during heavy rainfall.

benang sulam istimewaspecial for embroidery thread

Apr 15, 2011

Flying Goat

Kambing Terbang = Flying Goat.
Instead of Flying Horse this product used Flying Goat.
Graphical label of a yarn product.

Apr 11, 2011

Taxi Dengkul - Knee Taxi

Becak (Pedicab) are widely used as transportation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. There are many unique names  written on the pedicab's body.
TAXI DENGKUL = Knee Taxi, no gas needed.

Apr 1, 2011

Rainbow Tea

Teh Pelangi : Rainbow Tea.
With a picture of rainbow with just one color: red!
And green as background color.
From Tegal, Central Java.

Mar 19, 2011

Bird of Paradise

Graphic label of a Sewing Tape.
Cendrawasih (bird of paradise) is typical bird from West Papua, Indonesia. Its difficult to find, very rare, or even already extinct. Reputedly, their feathers are very beautiful. This may be the reason why Cendrawasih selected to label brands.

Mar 18, 2011

Chinese Zodiac on Calendar

Chinese zodiac images behind a sheet of a calendar. I really love this one.

Mar 14, 2011

Tsunami - Sea - Cruise Ship - Coffee

We know that Japanese people must have been familiar with earthquake and tsunami. They had anticipated the best. But lost of their loved ones can not be replaced with anything.
Japan are in mourning. I hope the victims can be found, and conditions quickly return to normal.
As an expression of concern for the victims of tsunami in Japan, I upload coffee powder using kapal pesiar (cruise ship) as a graphic label.
Why using cruise ships as a label? Maybe because it felt luxurious, 'have fun' and 'connect with the ocean' (free). Those who drink coffee will get that impression. This unique one is from Batam, Indonesia. 
Label silk-screened on plastic as packaging.
kopi bubuk : coffee powder. 
kapal pesiar: cruise ship 

Mar 13, 2011

Tomato for Plastic Straw

A graphic label with a picture of tomato. For plastic straw products. 
I found this in Malang, East Java, Indonesia.
Silk-screened on a thin colored paper.
sedotan plastik: plastic straw.

Mar 9, 2011

Indonesian Snack: Jenang Dodol "Sari Rasa"

Plastic packaging of a traditional snack from Pacitan, East Java, Indonesia.
Using a graphical label of coconut trees and a sprig of rice.
Silk-screened in one color: yellow.
jenang dodol: chewy snack made from sugar & glutinous rice. a traditional snack.
Sari Rasa: flavor extracts, the name of this snack.
menerima pesanan: receive order

Mar 3, 2011

Shrimp Crackers "Guci Toak"

Another 'plastic-printed packing' of shrimp crackers. Found in Tuban, East Java, Indonesia. Still have not associated with the product. This graphical labels using a picture of shrimp and guci toak : jug wine (see the image in the top right corner).

Silk-screened on plastic as packaging.

Feb 28, 2011

Shrimp Cracker - Kelapa Gading

As usual, there are lots of graphical labels in Indonesia which is NOT always associated with the products.
Graphic label that I posted today is the product of shrimp crackers with  "Kelapa Gading : Ivory Coconut" as a label.
There is no direct relationship between the product and the label. Why use a picture of coconut for labelling shrimp crackers?
This one is from Indramayu, West Java, Indonesia.

kerupuk udang : shrimp cracker
kwalitet istimewa : special quality.
enak, gurih, nikmat : tasty, spicy, delicious

Feb 25, 2011

Nothing But The Highway

Highways/Toll roads are necessity for a big city. Like in Jakarta, Indonesia, many of highways were built to reducing traffic jam
But I do not want to talk about that traffic jam. Here, I'm posting various toll road tickets. I collected from many toll gates in Jakarta. Every ticket looks the same, because under the management of one company, PT Jasa Marga.
For me, these tickets looks boring and uninteresting. But because of the use that can be thrown away (disposable) then why should be attractive-looking?

Feb 21, 2011

"Suzanna" Chocolate Nougat

Nougat with pictorial label: side-view of a lady. Ancient woman. Realistic picture in grayscale. Why not used front-view portrait?.
This product made by the chocolate factory "ABADI" from Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
Classic touch. Its taste good too. 

Feb 10, 2011

Fireball 999

Jasmine tea use Bola ApiFireball as graphic label. What is that means? I don't know...
perusahaan teh: tea company
bola api: fireball
teh tjap tiga 9: tea with three of number 9

Feb 7, 2011

This is TIC-TAS not TIC -TAC

Introducing: "TIC-TAS".
Do you remember Tic-Tac? This mint-flavored candy or spicy flavor was very popular in the 80's.  
Photo above is the product of plastic bags with the idea-name of  "Tic-Tac". This one from East Java,  Indonesia. Offset-printed on HVS paper.

tas: bag
aman untuk kemasan: safe for packaging
hidup baru: new life, manufacturer of this plastic bag.
jaminan mutu: quality guaranteed 
isi dijamin tepat: right content guaranteed (it means number of bags in one pack: 50/100 pcs)

Jan 31, 2011

Toilet Ticket #1

Toilet is one of the facilities should be available in public spaces. Therefore the shopping center/mall also provides a toilet.  
I posted a ticket toilet of a shopping mall in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Single use is for Rp. 500. If you frequently urinate then you should provide plenty of pocket change for trips to the toilet. So you should not to be too frequently urinate. Or you can use diapers.
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