Perspectives Abroad

politics, culture, language – south east asia

the suk

between the che hats, fake deisel watches, and blind men with karoke machines strapped around their necks are the obama shirts. they have a distinct aesthetic. an airbrushed face and graffitied somewhere is the word “change.” alot of care seems to have gone into the creation of these shirts. the good bush / bad bush shirts by comparison are crude sketches. obama is crushed velvet. straight out of a headshop on granville.  i asked the vendor about ratio of sales. we spoke through a calculator. he was mute. no one buys the obama shirts he calculates, but sales at his booth overall are up since their arrival. there is an anology there.

and i wish now that someone had spent more time on those shirts. hired hammer & tongs or something. something more 21st century. 20 years on and kid A walks down the Suk perusing the che hats and crushed velvet obama shirts. that’s us. our time. our memory. our shirt. and the aesthetic is from the 70s. curses.

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2 Comments»

  dad wrote @

hey- you’re overthinking this. There is so much Obama paraphernalia out there that history won’t be focused on crushed velvet. I suspect there will be plenty of “Che” style lithographsand gold comemorative coins.

  kr wrote @

between Montel Williams selling quarters with stickers as Obama commemorative coins, and the kkk blaming him for the entire downturn, it’s nice to hear the little guy’s at least making a buck or two off that big friendly smile.


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