Tomorrow’s (Obama) Kitsch Today

Posted by Rob Walker on January 22, 2009
Posted Under: Moratoriums,Politics

I don’t have time to look up the links, but shortly after the election I remember a few non-Obama-fan Web commentators suggesting that all the posters and whatnot created by Barackist artists and designers would end up taking on the quality of totalitarian propaganda. I didn’t, and don’t agree (unless the much-awaited stimulus plan includes a government-sponsored proBama postering campaign).

However … the other day, looking at stuff like this with E, it wasn’t hard to imagine another fate for the massive glut of Obamafied artifacts: future kitsch. I think the thrift stores of the future will have shelves and shelves of this stuff.

Possibly that same idea is implied by The Future Perfect’s offering of Obama commemorative plates designed by Shepard Fairey.

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Or possibly not. I’m not sure.

Anyway, here’s a painting of Obama, nude, riding a unicorn.

Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page.

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I emailed the awesome nude Obama, riding a unicorn picture to a friend. He emailed it to some co-workers (I’m sorry, Team Members) and HR told him to cease the racist and bigoted emails.

Something about the uniform the unicorn is wearing.

Come on, really?

After a little research, I found that the painting is based on an XBOX 360 game called Fallout 3 – Vault 101. The unicorn is wearing a Vault dwellers uniform.

Anyway, thanks Rob for the link to the picture – it was awesome.

#1 
Written By Allen Weaver on January 22nd, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

Hey Rob – Love the blog, and on this point I can’t agree more. While watching the television shortly after the election I was struck by a commercial prompting me to order commemorative Obama plates… dishware plates, but of the sort that are meant to be displayed. Fine and dandy, but it was the commercial that resonated – a middle aged guy at his desk writing something… business, memoirs maybe, but he stops and looks at the plate seated neatly at his desk and then smugly nods approval. Yep. Bargain-basement-dreck-to-be. Or maybe I missed out on yet another investment opportunity. We’ll see. Regardless, change is not a commodity, no matter how much we wish it to be.

#2 
Written By Nathan Pabich on January 26th, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

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