Ginger Classification System

Pantone stripAs part of my imagined narrative of a ‘ginger utopia’, I decided that it was human nature to ‘other’ and create hierarchy and difference. So, even in a single-raced world, there would always be the need for humanity to say ‘I am more ginger than you’ – to create sub-classifications.

In my exhibition, the 500 gingers were grouped according to hair colour –  by my own system of classification to define who belongs where.

I created a rough ‘pantone strip’ as a reference for myself whilst grouping the gingers.

The range is:


Strawberry Blonde

Light Orange


Burnt Orange



Dark Red


Dark Aurburn










12 Responses to “Ginger Classification System”

  1. Leslie Van Damme 09/04/2013 at 07:41 #

    I am Dark Red! Love this pantone strip. – Leslie, Greenville, OH

  2. Anna Katharina Erlenmaier 09/04/2013 at 08:09 #

    I think my hair is orange or light orange – it never changed colour…

  3. Melanie Fröhlich 09/04/2013 at 08:16 #

    Hi there!
    Cool site! Great idea! My copperhead is between copper and red i think
    I would know mire about your work and wozld be so much a part of it of course Red Hair is an absolutely passion from me…
    Maybee you could see pictures from me on my Facebook Timeline… 🙂
    Best Wishes and coppergreetings from Germany! 🙂

    (But my mom was born in Ireland! And my Irish Grandmother gave me her Hair and my roots smile…)

  4. Gail Ledger-Blamire 09/04/2013 at 08:48 #

    I started life as light orange and now at 61 I am dark red.

  5. Mylene 09/04/2013 at 20:20 #


    I think I am red or dark red. If you want to collect my picture, don’t hesitate to ask for it !

    Good continuation,
    I really like you project, I did one about red hair people for my diploma too, you could see it on my website.


    • admin 09/04/2013 at 20:41 #

      Hi MM
      Is your thesis only in French?
      Would love to read it if in English! Please email!

  6. Beth 10/05/2013 at 17:26 #

    So what would the hierarchy look like? :p

  7. Chris port 25/06/2013 at 08:17 #

    Im Burnt orange but getting darker as i get older. And my girlfriend is a slight lighter then in the picture burnt orange but 🙂

  8. Suzie Duffin 25/06/2013 at 12:25 #

    I have twin girls who are ten, since they were 2 I have had many comment from the older generation on how their hair is titian colored!

  9. Honey 25/06/2013 at 14:46 #

    as a little girl I was truly a red. now I tend to roll a little closer to the copper. Of course now I have to help nature out a little bit to as it goes with being a red head, you must embrace the ever changing shades.

  10. Lana 26/06/2013 at 09:40 #

    Red when I was born and gradually changed to Auburn as I became an adult.

    Sometimes I henna my hair to get the vibrancy back!

  11. Ronnie 15/05/2014 at 01:04 #

    I am a “Strawberry Blonde”: light-reddish blonde with different colors of gold, red and auburn streaks. My eyebrows and eyelashes, as well as the hair on my arms and legs is BLONDE. The hair on my legs and other non-visible areas is super soft. Don’t have to shave much. In fact on my whole body, I have only 2-3 non-red hairs. Even my underarms are a brownish red. I have freckles too. 🙂
    I’m a fifth generation (or so) American of mixed Anglo-Euro creed. My paternal grandmother had red-red hair. My baby brother has deep auburn hair and dark freckles. Our six other siblings all have light brown or brunette hair. One sister had a carrot top daughter with blue eyes. ;). I heard some believe we redheads are the ancestors of ancient aliens! I heard we have a strange DNA code. Has anyone else heard of that?

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