Some freelance attempts at Obama iconography only end up being counter-productive. Instead of depicting Obama as the Messiah, or some benevolent socialist dictator, which is generally the goal of pro-Obama art, these depictions cross the line to unflattering — and even downright creepy.


This stencil seen in Berkeley, for example, depicts a very dour and menacing Obama, with a “lean and hungry” look to make the viewer feel decidedly uncomfortable. Luckily, some child (or prankster) has given Lean and Hungry Obama a bloody nose by squishing some berries on the wall, which undermines the menace somewhat.


Elsewhere in Berkeley I spotted this t-shirt, which has to be the most unsettling Obama portrait I’d ever seen. Why does it give me nightmares? Perhaps because it reminds me of the portrait of “Big Brother” in Orwell’s 1984?

18 Responses to “The Obama Meme: Chapter 4 — Unflattering Obamas”

  1. 1Brian L. on Nov 3, 2008 at 9:43 am:

    The second one is almost definitely a Shepard Fairey “original”—Looks like a spin-off of his earlier OBEY/Andre the Giant work.

    And here I thought Berzerkley hated hacks! ;)

  2. 2Mark Taylor on Nov 3, 2008 at 10:57 am:

    Looking over your site I am amazed at how obssessed you seem to be with the democratic nominee for president. It also seems like you wish you were an adult in the 60′s and 70′s. I couldn’t find one entry supporting your candidate of choice. May I suggest that you write an entry that might persuade someone to support a candidate?

  3. 3zombie on Nov 3, 2008 at 11:04 am:

    2 Mark Taylor: “May I suggest that you write an entry that might persuade someone to support a candidate?”

    You can suggest it, but I won’t follow your suggestion.

    I’m no more obsessed than has been any other political blog this last month. Look around — 95% of the posts on most “conservative” (God, I hate that term) blogs have been about Obama.

    I can post whatever I want. Today will be Obama Day. If you aren’t interested in reading about Obama, no one’s forcing you to look at the screen.

  4. 4DangerousNate on Nov 3, 2008 at 11:38 am:

    Obama is watching kids.

  5. 5Fenris on Nov 3, 2008 at 12:08 pm:

    Funny shirt, actually. Maybe the designer was going for House.

  6. 6Mark Taylor on Nov 3, 2008 at 2:04 pm:

    I agree with you that you can post what you like. And I agree that 95% of postings are anti-obama, but that may be the reason that the Republican ticket is running 5-10% behind. I only hear experience and character out of the conservative blogs and I would like them to talk more about conservative policy.

  7. 7zombie on Nov 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm:

    #6 Mark Taylor

    This is not a “conservative blog,” nor am I particularly interested in “conservative policy.” I simply think that Obama is a terrible candidate and does not deserve to be president. To that end, I try to point out some of his flaws — limited to unique information not discussed extensively elsewhere. I try to keep zomblog focused exclusively on “original content,” which is one reason I don’t spend any time discussing the candidates’ positions, since all I’d be doing is cribbing off of other Web pages.

    And for the blogs being the cause for McCain being behind in the polls — that is absurd. McCain is behind in the polls because the mainstream media, despite its waning power, still holds a near monopoly on the public discourse and are overwhelmingly trying to promote Obama.

  8. 8tbogg on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:26 am:

    “To that end, I try to point out some of his flaws — limited to unique information not discussed extensively elsewhere.”

    Look! T-shirts! Oooo look! Bumperstickers! OMG hippies!

    A handful of shiny dimes tossed on the floor would keep you busy for a week.

  9. 9HeatherRadish on Nov 5, 2008 at 4:56 pm:

    The portrait on that T-shirt looks like OJ Simpson’s mug shot.

  10. 10HibachiBiscut on Nov 8, 2008 at 5:24 pm:

    That stencil looks more like Putin than Obama…Oddly prophetic?

  11. 11Taqiyyotomist on Nov 11, 2008 at 8:23 am:

    I wish I had that 2nd tee. That’s the scariest damn image of Obama I’ve yet seen.
    I would remove the name from the graphic. The face stands on its own as a message. Wow.

  12. 12Lobo on Nov 13, 2008 at 10:46 am:

    That t-shirt has a distinctly “Misfits” vibe.

  13. 13John Abbott on Nov 13, 2008 at 1:24 pm:

    Mark Taylor:
    I’ve gotta say… does it really seem like Zombie is the one obsessed with Obama?
    If he were, wouldn’t he be wearing a shirt with his image on it? Or writing Obama songs, and having schoolchildren sing them? Or creating Stalin-esque posters of Obama?

    Zombie isn’t doing that… because that would just be weird and creepy.

    -John

  14. 14Mark on Nov 13, 2008 at 4:16 pm:

    Mark Taylor: You’re doing it wrong.

  15. 15chrisk on Nov 20, 2008 at 12:53 pm:

    that second shirt is 100% a reference to the andre the giant/obey guy mentioned earlier. i don’t know where there are posts following that don’t understand that.

  16. 16WiND on Oct 18, 2009 at 12:04 pm:

    Благодарю за то что просветили, выводы сответственные сделаем. ;)

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