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.