Dio Cock Artist Named

ᔥ Herald on Sunday

The Herald on Sunday has tracked down the guy who drew a cock on a photo for a Dio rowing booklet:

Meanwhile, a man who was sacked after sabotaging a commemorative booklet by drawing an offensive image on a photo admits he made a “horrible mistake”.

Computer operator Anton Mason, 38, said he hadn’t realised his sketch of large, comical male genitalia had made it into the finished article.

The booklet was made for Emily O’Halloran, 18, captain of the rowing team at Auckland’s exclusive Diocesan School for Girls.

Copies were distributed to parents and students at a recent school function before the defaced image was spotted.

Emily’s father, Martin O’Halloran, head of the influential advertising group agency DDB, organised the printing and design through his firm.

Mason, from Auckland’s North Shore, told the Herald on Sunday he was informed by DDB at the end of last month he was no longer required.

“I was just messing about and somehow it went to the printers … I really regret that it happened. “

Is this the same Anton Mason that now works at Draft FCB?

Apparently the HR manager at Draft FCB took pity on him…I wonder of they used to work together at DDB?

  • Gazzaw

    If I was CEO of Draft FCB the HR manager would have a ‘please explain’ memo on his desk by now. Why would you want a high risk element like Mason on your payroll?

    • Mediaan

      Or maybe the executives at FCB are efficient and thorough so they check their proofs at every stage.

  • Brian Smaller

    Typical – blame the Computer Operator. Anyone who has ever worked in Operations will know that feeling:)

  • Le Sphincter

    Maybe his talents will be used for Pak n Saves  ‘stick ‘ ads.

  • Tristanb

    Note the usual bullshit “I regret that it happened“. This didn’t just happen Anton, it didn’t just appear as some computer glitch or a warp in space time  – you DID it!

    The correct thing do is apologise and admit responsibility. “I am sorry, and I apologise to everyone affectged. I regret that I did it

  • Butts_McButts

    I love how people are having to overlook how spectacularly hilarious this is in order to maintain the outrage holding pattern.

    • Gazzaw

      As I’ve sad before Butts maybei t wouldn’t have been quite so hilarious if it had been the netball team at a Decile 1 South Auckland high school. The pinko brigade would have been out of their trees with rage and Mason hung from the nearest lamp post.

    • Johnbronkhorst

      small things amusing small minds….butts!!!

      • Johnbronkhorst

        and yes that is play on words, with reference to YOUR genitalia.

      • Bunswalla

        John if you’re looking for genitalia on your butt, mate you’re just doing it wrong.

    • Greg

      Spectacularly hilarious?Really? Wonder if you would feel the same way if it was your daughter. There will no doubt be some fairly litigious types connected to that school, sue the bastard for the cost of doing another print run at the very least, not to mention humiliation etc,etc. Why should he just move on and get away with it? I think that everyone who thinks its funny might want to stop and think how they would feel if it had happened to them when they were at school, I guarantee they wouldn’t be laughing quite so loudly.

      • Rodger T

        I`m sure its hilarious if you are 12years old, but by 38 I would have thought he would be over it,then again he`s in the advertising business.

  • Carver Media Network

    Funny really – even the printers who would have run proofs missed it! Then the printer missed. Then the binders as well!!! A bit hard to believe

    • Le Sphincter

      What about the person who commissioned the booklet?
      And how much resources went into making this stuff- doesnt sound like any money changed hands along the way- or went into ‘overhead’ -pun intended

      • Fozzie

         Haa haa and I am sure that the upright business man that he is that all the costs went to drawings !

    • TravisPoulson

      Yes, there’s always someone dicking around, and this one certainly was a gigantic cock-up. It’ll be a schlong time before she lives this down. All from a simple boner-fide mistake.
      Anton definitely shafted himself with this one, but don’t be too hard-on him. Willy get over it? most certainly.

      • jay cee

        and a storm in a teacup perhaps.

      • Bunswalla

        Yes it was the biggest balls-up since Dunkirk.

  • Tristanb

    I’ve met the girl. She actually has a crudely drawn penis in front of her most of the time.

    I thought the controversy was over some issues regarding the typeface and kerning.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pohutukawa puffin birdy

    Some might recall a similar fiasco in the Yellow Pages in the 1980s where a guy sitting in a palm tree had more than expected hanging out. I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts …

  • Steve5365

    Travis,
    A boner fide mistake.
    Brilliant.

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