Beware of illustrators brandishing textures

USA Weekend magazine, which has a distribution of 23.7 million, has warned 300 of it’s distributing newspapers that a racial slur inadvertently appears as part of the background of an illustration in an upcoming addition. This is possibly an illustrator’s (and Art Director’s) worst nightmare.
New York illustrator Santiago Cohen says he didn’t see the slur in his collage before submitting the piece to USA Weekend magazine.

“Cohen says he uses various things in collage, including sheet music and other text. ‘I don’t usually intend for it to have a separate meaning. I use it as texture. As an artist, I concentrate on the visual impact.'”

Eeek! Poor guy. That’s the kind of notoriety that nobody wants.