Wow, BARACK really can do anything. Just when you thought walking on water was a cool OBAMA trick, he pulls out the big guns and grabs the cover of the upcoming AMAZING SPIDER MAN issue #583. Set to drop on January 14th as an Inauguration Day special issue, the comic's storyline follows Peter Parker, who, while shooting photos of Obama at the inauguration ceremony discovers a body double lurking in the wings and, after jumping into Spidey gear, tests the twin pres elects with a game of basketball before doing away with the game-less imposter who turns out to be the villainous Chameleon. A fit bump from the real O apparently caps off the ordeal. Yeah, the story sucks ass bad, but it is the cover of Spider Man, and Obama is a self-professed comic book nerd. Said the Big O on the campaign trail: "I was always into the Spider Man/Batman model. The guys who have too many powers like Superman always made me think they weren't really earning their superhero status. It's a little too easy. Whereas Spider-Man and Batman, they have some inner turmoil. They get knocked around a little bit." Too bad they couldn't drag Todd McFarlane back in to ink the book. Now that would be nerdy...
Today the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY at the SMITHSONIAN announced it has officially acquired SHEPARD FAIREY's large-scale fine art portrait of President Elect BARACK OBAMA as part of its permanent collection. Shepard's massive mixed media image based on the artist's ubiquitous campaign iconography was created for display at 2008's DNC and the institution's acquisition of the work makes it the first official portrait of the president-to-be, an incredibly historical moment in the realm of underground art. In an announcement today, National Portrait Gallery director Martin E. Sullivan declared that the Obama portrait was “an emblem of a significant election, as well as a new presidency.” Fittingly, the artwork is slated to go on display on January 20th, Inauguration Day. Speaking of Inauguration Day, Fairey was personally tapped by Obama to create a new poster commemorating the forthcoming occasion which officially released for sale today HERE. We're not sure if buying an Obama poster officially counts as "economic stimulus" but it's probably a good way to start.
It's been a massive year for Supertouch's own SHEPARD FAIREY who proved—incredibly—that a street artist with a lengthy arrest record could indeed brand the most revolutionary presidential campaign of modern times with iconic imagery born of the underground. Now, against seemingly even greater odds (and we mean bigger odds than being named one of GQ Magazine's "Men of the Year"), Shep's created the cover art for TIME MAGAZINE's new PERSON OF THE YEAR issue featuring President Elect BARACK OBAMA that also features a hilarious & long-lost photo shoot with the Big O during his college years in the '80s. In the words of Time: "Our cover portrait is by the street artist Shepard Fairey, whose roots are in the skateboarding world and whose early poster of then Senator Obama became the great populist image of the campaign. With this cover, Fairey has now created a new iconic image of the President-elect — a rich, multilayered poster that echoes but then expands on his original." Click HERE to read the interview.
Right now it really doesn't matter who you voted for this year or who the next guy up is, all that's important is that our current honorable leader GEORGE W. BUSH is looking at a month and change left as president of the free world. Last nite's talk with ABC anchor Charlie Gibson is being called W's "exit interview" and it was full of some epic quotes—"I think I was unprepared for war"—that will surely ring in our ears long after he's put out to pasture. In honor of Bush's imminent departure, we at Supertouch have assembled a small gallery of some of our favorite portraits of the prez to accompany the interview highlights:
“I think I was unprepared for war.”
“Presidents—one of the things about the modern presidency is that the unexpected will happen.”
“That (Iraq) is a do-over that I can't do.”
“The thing that's important for me is to get home and look in that mirror and say, ‘I did not compromise my principles,’”
On retirement: “I'm going to have a lot of time to think. My day is going to go from getting up early-early, and being at the Oval Office at 6:45 a.m., and having a lot to do when you get there, to waking up at 6:45 a.m., getting Momma the coffee—and kind of wandering around trying—‘What's next, boss?’”
“I'm sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me.”
“One of my parting words to Obama will be: ‘If I can help you, let me know.’”
Painting prodigy/acid traveler/psychedelic visionary ALEX GREY celebrated BARACK OBAMA's groundbreaking victory by depicting the president elect's "universal mind" in a new portrait now on display at Grey's personal museum in NYC, the CHAPEL OF SACRED MIRRORS. Given Obama's admittedly "experimental" teenage years, we think a more apt homage could not be had. For a step-by-step look at the work's creation, READ ON: Read More
If the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION has its way, a giant fine art version of SHEPARD FAIREY's iconic portrait of the now-president elect BARACK OBAMA will enter the collection of its NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY as the first official fine art rendering of the future president. The only hitch? Money. The $75,000 price tag for the piece, which was created by Fairey as the centerpiece of his "Manifest Hope" Obama art show that took place in Denver during this year's DNC, must be raised through donations, though word on the street is that the museum is close to meeting this figure. As if having a street artist with a criminal record branding a presidential campaign weren't enough, this move can definitely be filed under the headers of "Hope," and "Progress."
It seems that President Elect BARACK OBAMA's recent win has struck fear in the hearts of some of the country's most passionate citizens, namely gun owners. According to FBI figures for the week of November 3 to 9, the bureau received more than 374,000 requests for background checks on gun purchasers—a nearly 49 percent increase over the same period in 2007, and gun stores are selling through their stocks of legal assault rifles as fast as they can put them on shelves. Fears that the combination of a liberal Democratic president and a Democratic majority in congress might spell the end for the US gun trade are proving more powerful than the thought of a non-white president. Read the full story HERE.
BARACK OBAMA fans everywhere are still bathing in the afterglow of what seemed like an impossible victory last week for the man from Chicago. Outpourings of joy and support have been incredibly vocal, coast-to-coast, as the enormity of the accomplishment sets in. It’s a fact not lost on Obama's campaign artist SHEPARD FAIREY, who has just created the two celebratory prints incorporating his celebrated Obama portrait art shown here. Printed in conjunction with MoveOn.org, the 24" x 36" prints are available now in a limited edition of 5,000, (both signed and unsigned) and can be purchased by clicking HERE. Meanwhile, as the rest of the news media was celebrating the enormity of Obama's achievement, CBS NEWS took time out to interview the man behind the campaign artwork that proved an iconic image for the ultimate candidate of political change. We're expecting Shepard's appointment to the position of "First Artist" any day now...
In other OBAMA news, the first internet-savvy president elect has created a new website, Change.gov, to keep the public abreast of his day-to-day. We were expecting a twitter account, but it seems we'll just have to wait.
Supertouch's resident Popagandist and billboard liberator RON ENGLISH put "Abraham Obama," his incredibly unique hybrid portrait of BARACK OBAMA and ABRAHAM LINCOLN into play early in the Big O's presidential campaign via a massive series of eye-catching posters wheatpasted, guerilla-style, across the walls of America's urban centers. To commemorate the unique nature of today's presidential election, MINDSTYLE TOYS has dropped their collaborative homage with Mr. English in the form of a gleaming white 16" vinyl bust of "Abraham Obama," sculpted by Vin Teng in a limited edition of 50 pieces. Retailing at $200 USD, the piece is available for order exclusively through Mindstyle.com. Don't sleep. And more importantly, don't forget to vote...