Archive of Campaign 2008’s Hopes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 29th, 2009

[WildebeestEyes / Flickr] After almost twelve months, it is time to put this blog to bed. The picture above seemed a good finale for BallotVox. Jonathan Wood -- a "Chicago-based human and sometimes photographer" -- took it in his hometown last month. It features pluma*'s street art inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem ...

Rewind: Shepard Fairey’s Street Art

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, December 6th, 2008

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] To wrap up the Shepard Fairey theme of the last few posts (for now, anyway): three street-art shots of his ...

Sarko Says “Yes We Can”

Posted by Katherine | Friday, December 5th, 2008

Janelle Mentesana says she raises bunny rabbits for a living. True or not, she recently moved from Perth to Paris and has been documenting her new home in photographs. Last weekend, she caught these posters of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. They combine Obama's signature slogan and a takeoff of Shepard ...

Obama Street Art Keeps Happening

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Obama street-art phenomenon isn't slowing down. Tracy Clayton is an "avid reader" and a "hip hop purist" who grew up in Miami. His mother is Filipina and his father is African American, which gives him an outlook that he wants to "share [...] with the world." Tracy is a "wannabe ...

In Memoriam to the Boom Economy

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

The stock market dove again this morning. Earlier this month, nolionsinengland noticed this memorial in London near the Bank of England. It was created by the artist K Guy and, nolionsinengland said via email, "lasted less than a week." It seems pretty clear that most of the world -- not just ...

Stock Market, Meet Sewer

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 20th, 2008

The stock market rose today, but not enough to overpower the forceful message in this video by globetrotting street artist ABOVE. It shows California graffiti of the market taking a nosedive... into the sewer. (Thanks to volunteer curator Roshan Abraham.) [ABOVE / Vimeo] One of the big questions for undecided voters, of ...

Hurricane Gustav Stencil Art

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

This stencil art isn't explicity about the election, but it is clearly about hurricanes. And it's very cool. NOGoddess spotted it on the streets of New Orleans two days ago as the city was evacuating to avoid Gustav. [NOGoddess / Flickr] That tire looks like it's meant to be there.

Homeland-Security Street Art

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Hat tip to Sarolta Cump for all of these Homeland-Security finds. Some of the photos were taken before the presidential race got going, but they present issues that have very much carried through into the campaign. First: John Ryan Brubaker from Portland, Oregon, captured this street commentary a couple of ...

Leaping for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 11th, 2008

On the Leap Day of this Leap Year, Paul McRae, well, leapt. For Obama. Outside the "Hope" mural (inspired by Shepard Fairey's poster) on the wall of the Obama headquarters in Houston, Texas. (Thanks, Ann Raber.) [Delta Niner / Flickr] Click here to see Paul reclining after the leaping.

McCain On the Attack

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

In the last month or so, to inject his campaign with new energy, John McCain promoted several staffers who were part of Karl Rove's hard-hitting re-election bid for Bush in 2004. Since then, McCain has accused Obama of wanting to lose the Iraq war, insinuated that he's a socialist, and juxtaposed ...

Middle-East Peace Stencil Art

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Despite reports that the Bush administration is expanding covert operations in Iran to "destabilize the country's religious leadership," despite the recent (photoshopped) Iranian missile tests, and despite Israel's vigorous aerial exercises over the eastern Med last month -- despite that, people in the Middle East are asking for peace. Ask? is ...

Obama Graffiti: A Misquote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

James Mills found this photograph. Eric Adolff (aka Buzz Killington) -- failed musician turned graffiti hunter -- took it in Denver. At first view it's just another example of great Obama street art. If you look a little more closely, though, you'll notice that the quotation isn't what Obama ...

Tributes to Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Keight hails from Portland, Oregon, but she apparently photographed this street art in New York City two days after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination. It seems safe to assume the drawing was intended as a tribute to Clinton's candidacy. (Thanks Ann Raber and James Mills.) [keight / Flickr] Across the country in ...

Clinton’s Concession

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

On Saturday, Hillary Clinton conceded the Democratic nomination. And in so doing, she put on her Obama cap, so to speak. Educator and writer Lois Stavsky is passionate about street art and discovered this representation on the streets of her hometown, NYC (thanks, Ann Raber): [LoisInWonderland / Flickr] If you check out ...

Obama Graffiti in Bay Area

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Even if you're an Obamamaniac, the angel wings in this photo may seem a little over the top -- but the graffiti is on an old sewage drain, so maybe that balances things out. However you read it, it's a great picture, no? PixelHoundSF took it somewhere in the Bay ...

Obama Graffiti in Chicago

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Shawn Econo, a Utah librarian, a lover of bike culture, and a "rabid evangelist for all things Cool and Beautiful," took a trip to the midwest last month, where he spent some time in Chicago. He said: OMG there's a heavy pro-Obama vibe all over the city of Chicago right now! ...

Go Tell Mama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 18th, 2008

Go Tell Mama is one of the most interesting viral Obama campaigns out there. (Thanks, Tate Nova and Ghidewon Arefe.) This street art, signed CRO, was dreamed up -- during some soul searching after a terrible 2006 bike accident -- by Chicago graphic designer Ray Noland. His iconic posters, stencils, ...