The Pick-Up Theorist is a pop art project, created in 2014, that seeks to answer the burning question of what kind of pick-up lines everyone’s favourite philosophers would opt for if they tried to pick someone up in a bar. A slightly unusual interpretation of big ideas from all across the humanities, it combines collage art with cheesy pick-up lines inspired by the world’s greatest thinkers.
How on earth did you come up with this?
Christmas 2013, I found myself with access to a printer, my favourite stationery store (my number one source for pretty paper) in walking distance, and a little bit too much time on my hands. Plus, I’ve always enjoyed philosophy and harboured a secret crush on Albert Camus for longer than I would like to admit, so one thing led to another. But it wasn’t until a few months later that I realised that this actually had the potential to be more than just a little private joke, and The Pick-Up Theorist as we know it was born in March 2014. A few years later, I have come up with almost fifty philosophical pick-up lines and successfully turned them into collage art. Sad or kind of cool? You decide…
I’m weirdly intrigued – where can I find more?
The Pick-Up Theorist is currently mostly Facebook based, so head over there for all lines.
Despite all the odds, people do seem to appreciate philosophical pick-up lines. If you’re looking to purchase artwork, you can buy card sets via JUNIQE.com. If you think bigger is better and want to stick your favourite Pick-Up Theorist in A1 on your wall, check out my artist page for all the philosophical flirts currently available in print. I’m also more than happy to create custom artwork at a very reasonable price, so get in touch if you’re looking for a special gift for your significant autre or philosophy loving friend.
Immanuel Kant, Philosopher: “I simply kant take my eyes off this.”
Dominic Hale, English Literature student and Poetry Wizard: “It’s a very niche market; you have to like philosophy, and cards, and puns, and pick-up lines. But there is a market for it.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosopher: “God might be dead, but pick-up lines are clearly back en vogue.”