The New York Times has a great little story called Stuck on Lapel Pins, which basically dips back into questioning Obama’s patriotism because he doesn’t wear a flag pin (most of which, are made in China). So what they’ve done is asked some illustrators and designers to create an new, alternative pin that he could wear instead. My personal favorite came from the awesome Oliver Munday who came up with afresh and modern approach to the topic, wearing a badge. On each one is some sort of clever, hipster saying or contemporary interpretation of classic symbols and ideas. I think Oliver should actually make sets of these, I know I would wear some of those.
There’s also Ray Bartkus’ idea, which is to simply rip the lapels off of all suits everywhere, thus killing this stupid debate.
Unless you’re legally blind, you’ve seen Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster wheat pasted everywhere in the world. Well Shepard has decided to donate a fine art version of the poster to the charity auction, Art For Life, which is an annual event that benefits Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation. The piece up for auction is one of three in existence, measures 4′ x 6′, and to me is absolutely beautiful. I love that Shep took his wheat paste/stencil/layering style and applied it to this poster, I think it looks really rad. The only catch is that currently the piece is going for $32,777, and you have to increase the bid by at least $5,000. So if you have a spare forty grand lying around, you should definitely pick yourself up a new piece for the mantle!
Eagle-eyed reader Victor just sent me an email letting me know that Scott Hansen, better knows as ISO50 to the design-y types, has the poster he created for Barack Obama on the official Obama site. About a month ago Scott wrote on his blog that the Obama campaign had contacted him to create a poster, just like Shepard Fairey had done previously. He also described on his blog about how crazy this project became. The final file ended up being 2.77 GB, with almost 1000 layers!!! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, a file of that size, with that many layers, is basically unheard of. I deal with digital images all the time, and I cringe at a 200 MB file, let alone almost 3 GB!
I think the poster turned out really amazing, it’s definitely going to be pretty damn popular. The colors are fantastic, and I’m sure there’s a TON of detail that you can’t see in the tiny image above. The poster measures 23″ x 40″, and comes in an edition of 5000, which I don’t think is that many, especially with the size of audience that is probably seeing the image. The poster isn’t officially ready, but you can pre-order it for $70 right now.
I just think it’s rad that all of these ultra-creative folks have stepped up to the plate to really show their support for Obama. It makes me really happy to see them rallying behind Obama and hopefully getting more and more younger voters into voting.
I’m back home from Northern California and I had a really great weekend. While I was up there I had a chance to watch Saturday Night Live which I never get to do because I don’t have cable… or a TV. The episode wasn’t very funny, but the special appearance by Tracy Morgan made the whole thing worthwhile. As of lately SNL has been catching a little flack for being too “Hillary friendly”, so they got Tracy Morgan to even the tide a little bit. I thought what he said was really great, but the very last part had me laughing and jumping out of my seat. Just watch the clip (which might have a commercial before the video, not my fault) and see for yourself.
For the first time in my life, I’m nervous about politics.
I’ve always had a passing interest in politics, but with our country in such a dismal state, as it has been since for the last few years now, it’s hard not to get involved. I started this blog last April, and few months after that I proudly put up my mini banner declaring that I stood behind Obama, as I still do today. I honestly feel like Obama is the only candidate who is actually going to change our country, who will make America a strong country, somewhere I’m proud to call home.
I had written a long rant that I had about the other candidates, but I just deleted it all and decided that it’s not the route I want to go. There’s been enough mud slinging and shit talking from all sides. Let’s call it the “Barack High Road”. Instead I’ve pasted in e-mails that I’ve received from two friends of mine, explaining the reasons they’re voting for Obama. I don’t really feel like I’m that great of a writer, I’m just a guy who’s passionate about things. The first is by Kyle Buchanan, who is one of the smartest, most well spoken/written people I know, and the second is Japhy Grant, a freelance a writer with razor sharp wit.
More than anything though, just be sure to get out there and vote, and be heard.
I’m only 25, so I don’t personally know about the effect that John F. Kennedy had on the country, but the overall feeling I get is that he was one of the greatest that we’ve ever had. So reading Caroline Kennedy’s piece in the New York Times backing Barack Obama for president makes me feel good inside. Here’s a small part:
Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.
We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isnâ€™t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country â€” just as we did in 1960.
It seems like most people are finally seeing the Clintons as the pair of goons they are, and slowly realizing that what we really need is change.
I was reading The Huffington Post earlier when I came across this awesome little article about Larry David’s Support for Obama. I guess Larry David was so excited over Obama’s victory speech in Iowa that he flew out to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire to talk the students about supporting Obama. The event sounds like it was pretty funny, an odd combination of Seinfeld/Curb fans and asking political questions, my favorite being:
“I’m undecided between Obama and Hillary,” one young woman said. “Aren’t you tired of the old?” he replied. “Don’t you want to put on some clean clothes? Voting for Hillary would be like doing Frasier again on TV. Don’t you want something fresh, new and creative?”
Thank you Larry David, you fight a good fight.