Blade Runner Mysteries: The Hard Hat Guys: Part 3

Went through the cut scenes, and spotted a few more hard hat guys.

Here are the new closeups:


Blade Runner Mysteries: Hard Hat Guys: Part 2

Grabbed some HD screencaps, and got better reference material for the Japanese on the side.

I’m fairly confidant that the first 3 characters are “五呂市,” which translates to Goryo City(?), but the last character looks unusually complex. My best guess is “園,” which means Garden(?). Goryo City Garden means nothing to me, but it’s possible it was simply clipped out of a magazine or newspaper.

No better refs for the crane on the other side.

Blade Runner Mysteries: The Hard Hat Guys

In my never-ending (possibly insane) quest to document every single graphic design in Blade Runner, I’ve come across something I’ve never noticed before.

You see these hard hat guys in the background (probably).

The symbol on the front of the helmet was quite straightforward. However, upon closer inspection, it looks like there is art on both sides of the hard hat as well:

I haven’t a clue what the Japanese might be, if it’s even translated properly. It’s not “electrical company.” Nor “Consolidated Edison,” nor “Plumbers / Plumbing / Utilities,” nor “Safety First” nor “Worker.”

The symbol on the other side looks like a kamon of a crane(?). But I can’t find one that matches exactly.

Johnny Mnemonic Update: May 28, 2015

JM update: 46 symbols! Lots of new symbols from the upload sequence, and most of the random orange floaty symbols from the opening cyberspace sequence.


Most of the orange floaty symbols come from a map symbols font. Had to redraw the Chunghwa calligraphy by hand. Can’t seem to find good references for that, oddly.

Johnny Mnemonic: So it Begins…

Twenty-four symbols added to my newest library today! Going through it frame-by-frame in HD you really do notice some new things. For example, that lower-case “n” logo that appears on the AT&T fax machine in the Beijing hotel room has a name brand under it, which I can’t quite make out.


You do notice that they peppered the cyberspace with ads and what-not using William Gibson’s fictitious companies: Ono-Sendai, Tessier-Ashpool, etc. And the odd real company (Autodesk).

And on a side note, the last time I tried recreating any JM graphics, I was in high school.