A Finnish newspaper made Christmas sweaters with truly 'ugly' designs

TBWA/Helsinki turns news into Instagram fodder for the holidays

Published On
Dec 11, 2018

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The original ugly Christmas sweaters weren’t supposed to be eyesores, just exercises in unrestrained bad taste. Over the years, ironically bad sweaters have become a holiday tradition, adorned with knitted snowflakes or gaudy reindeer.

Now Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and TBWA/Helsinki have created sweaters that really are covered with ugly images: bombs, plastic pollution, fake news and technological manipulation, #METoo, climate change.

The sweaters were sent to celebrities and influencers who work on these issues, includimg Arnold Schwarzenegger and Leonardo DiCaprio for climate change, Nobel Peace Prize winners Martti Ahtisaari, Malala Youszafai and Nadia Murad for war, Tarana Burke and Alyssa Milano for sexual harassment. Each sweater is 100 percent wool and produced locally in Finland. A series of articles on each topic will run in Helsingin Sanomat.

The paper has a habit of commenting on social issues in cheeky ways. Previously, it tweaked President Trump and Vladimir Putin to Finland with billboards welcoming them to “the land of the free press.”