Your agency may have a coffee bar and a pool table. But does it have its own monster museum?
BSSP does, thanks to its co-founder John Butler, who started collecting monster memorabilia at the age of 9. “I've always loved make-up and special effects,” he says. There's also a design and nostalgia element to the stuff for me. I love the look of many of the posters and the designs of the characters—the type, the illustrations, the beautiful black-and-white of the classic Universal monsters films. It's all so well-designed, and there is a retro vibe to much of it.”
The collection, which has its own Instagram account, is now proudly housed in the shop's Sausalito, California offices, which, to hear BSSP copywriter Forrest Quinn tell it, revels in weirdness. “I’ve always felt there was a kind of unconventional culture about BSSP. In our office entrance, there’s a wall that reads ‘The things that made you weird as a kid will make you great today’—I think that says it well. We’re all a bit eccentric in a way, but those quirks make us who we are.”
But who are they really? BSSP staffers can unleash their inner ghouls this Halloween thanks to an Instagram filter the shop has devised that turns them into ghosts, skeletons and werewolves.
Very creative. But hey, BSSP, we'll really be impressed when you come up with way to help us “hand” out candy to trick-or-treaters from six feet away.