An interesting post on Sociological Images a while back contended that “hurricane imagery increasingly has part of what defines New Orleans,” and pops up in jewelry, art, tattoos. Also in visual jokes, which is sort of the point of the post. It was written before the Super Bowl, and notes a debate over two hurricane-referencing visual jokes: one from a Saints fan, the other from a Colts loyalist. The question is who has the “right,” as it were, to use such material for humorous purposes.
See that post for more.