Posts Tagged ‘Obama’
In a move seemingly engineered to break the brains of conservatives, BARACK OBAMA made good on his "Change" platform this week by granting his first official interview as president to the Saudi owned Arab news network Al Arabiya. The move was an overt show of good faith to Muslims worldwide, one that serves as a starting point for the long process of repairing America's badly damaged public image at the hands of his predecessor. Explaining this unprecedented outreach Obama explained, "Now, my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect. I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries." Criticizing the Bush administration's "War on Terror" as ineffective, Obama said "The language we use matters. We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faith’s name. I cannot respect terrorist organizations that would kill innocent civilians and we will hunt them down. But to the broader Muslim world what we are going to be offering is a hand of friendship ... What I want to communicate is the fact that in all my travels throughout the Muslim world, what I've come to understand is that regardless of your faith—and America is a country of Muslims, Jews, Christians, non-believers—regardless of your faith, people all have certain common hopes and common dreams. And my job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives. My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect. But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there's no reason why we can't restore that. And that I think is going to be an important task.” Shocking stuff indeed given the lingering shadow of last eight years. On the topic of Arab Israeli relations, Obama declared "I think the most important thing is for the United States to get engaged right away ... All too often the United States starts by dictating—in the past on some of these issues—and we don't always know all the factors that are involved. So let's listen." Looks like those campaign posters weren't just all rhetoric after all. Read the full transcript HERE.
If OBAMA's inauguration took your breath away, these reader-submitted experiments in tattooing should leave you speechless...
The tattoo world's Michelangelo, SHAWN BARBER has extended his old school painting chops to the political scene with this commissioned portrait of BARACK OBAMA for the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Gracing the cover of their Tuesday, January 22nd inauguration edition, the move was a bold one for the traditionalist rag that furthers the mainstream embrace of underground artists in the name of Barack almighty. Not only is the Big O leading the charge toward economic and political recovery these days, he seems to be sparking an art world revolution in the process. Of course, this time next year the printed newspaper might just be a thing of the past.
Last nite, graffiti gremlin NECK FACE took advantage of some down time between billboard postings on the front wall of Hollywood fashion hotspot BARRACUDA to leave a note for freshly-inaugurated President OBAMA. Representing "la gente" to the fullest, Nasty Neck lets the Big O know his economic reform package should indeed be the first order of business this week: "we don't need change, we need dollars, homie!" In other news, Barracuda is expanding to include an art gallery component this summer. Stay tuned to Supertouch for details coming soon. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Dedication. What you can't see is the George W. Bush tatt it's covering up...
"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America." —Obama 1/20/2009
By now, a virtual sea of ink has been spilled—particularly on this site—discussing nearly every aspect of SHEPARD FAIREY's now legendary propaganda poster for BARACK OBAMA's 2008 presidential campaign. To date, however, no one—including us or even Shepard himself—could put a finger on the photographer behind the source photo that was the basis for Shepard's patriotic call-to-arms. Now, writer JAMES DANZIGER of burgeoning online news filter THE DAILY BEAST has correctly pinpointed the photojournalist as one JIM YOUNG, and tracked down the original image, which was later flipped and altered by Fairey to create the "Hope" poster. Read all about it HERE.
Well, it's finally official. In the words of the freshly minted PRESIDENT OBAMA, it's time to put aside childish things and get down to the work at hand. Fingers crossed...
As if SHEPARD FAIREY's inclusive "Manifest Hope DC" art show honoring still-President Elect BARACK OBAMA's epic inauguration tomorrow needed any more heat, his crew of celeb homies showed up in full force to show their support in frigid DC. Rounding out the nite were rockers MOBY and MICHAEL STIPE, alongside actors JOAQUIN PHOENIX (chugging two beers at a time), HEATHER GRAHAM, CASEY AFFLEK, and ROSARIO DAWSON who all attested to the Big O's greatness before digging on intimate performances by hipster elite SANTOGOLD and OG hip hop legends DE LA SOUL. Of course Supertouch buddy and "Manifest Hope"/Obama Campaign artist TRISTAN EATON was on hand to chronicle the debauchery, the least of which we can show you here. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Looking for the perfect mix for tomorrow nite's OBAMA INAUGURATION afterparty? Supertouch homie DJ Z-TRIP has made his freshly-minted "Victory Lap: The Obama Mix II" available for free by clicking HERE.