Obama T-Shirt Roundup

With almost two weeks to go before the election, it’s about time for me to do a full roundup of campaign t-shirts for each candidate. I will start with Obama, given the overwhelming amount of e-mail and comments I have received. Every day people are buying Obama shirts, desiging them, getting suspended from school because of them, and even getting shot with BB guns for wearing them. Before I begin, I’ll make a brief disclaimer that this round-up isn’t comprehensive, and there are thousands of shirts that didn’t make this list, in fact some really good ones. I also want to thank everyone who’s emailed me with their submissions.The Best

Obama Superman T-Shirt
Yes We Can Obama T-Shirt
    • An inspired and inspirational design, Audacity from Enstru-Mental relates another one of Obama’s campaign slogans.
Yes We Can Obama T-Shirt
    • There is no doubt this election has been closely watched from all corners of the globe, and Yes We Can attempts to translate Obama’s message into at least thirteen languages. Knowing how diverse this blog’s readership is, I think that many of you will find these shirts interesting.
Yes We Can Obama T-Shirt
Obama Hope T-Shirt
    • I would be hard pressed not to include the iconic Hope by Shepard Fairey, even though I am not sure if you can still buy an official version. You can try finding one on Ebay, or here.
Bros Before Hoes T-Shirt
    • Like it or not, “Bros Before Hoes captures one of the more significant aspects of the 2008 election.
Yes We Can Obama T-Shirt
  • “Obama is my Homeboy” was one of the earliest Obama t-shirts. They also had one for Hillary and just about anyone else you could think of.

Honorable Mentions

  • Obamarad – This only goes to show that three young, politically minded individuals can do it all themselves, whilke supporting their candidate of choice in the process.
  • Y Label Clothing has several artsy Obama designs for sale.
  • Do You Smell What Barack Is Cooking? There have been many puns made on Barack Obama’s name, and this is as good as any of them.
  • Prez Dispencer is a foray into t-shirt design by fellow blogger Karl Long of tcritic. He has also started compiling a list of his favorite Obama shirts which has little overlap with mine, so be sure check it out for even more Obama designs.
  • Gobama shows that In the age of Cafepress, all you need to start selling t-shirts online is a decent idea and some rudimentary design skills.
  • Obama Speech Shirt by LA Pop Art. The makers of this shirt specialize in similar designs which utilize text to create shape and value changes, like this Scarface tee.

The Head Scratchers

Some of the more entertaining t-shirts are often those you would never be caught dead wearing. With that in mind, here are some tees that either went too far, or didn’t go far enough.

  • Regulate the Banks – Whenever anyone makes a concerted effort to create something, I believe it to be a positive, even if the end result falls short of success. This is why I never like to rag on someone else’s t-shirt making attempts (anything that involves Mike Hunt notwithstanding). Ultimately, this shirt is underdesigned, and it conveys a muddied message by virtue of combining two disparate issues.
  • Obama Ride – This is definitely a headscratcher in the purest sense of the term. It is a strange caricature of Mr. McCain carrying a hot-dog wielding Mr. Obama on his shoulders, presumably to the White House. The only possible explanation is that this shirt is made by an artist commune, which I think is pretty much the case.
  • SuperBadTees – Dare I say… underdesigned? (NSFW)
  • Pop Goes Obama – I happen to think that copying the whole Marilyn Monroe “pop art” motif just doesn’t make any sense nowadays. Not only because it’s formulaic, but because Warhol’s ideas lose their value without their context. Besides, the colors used are just hideous.

Anti-Obama

  • Obama Antichrist – Coming from T-Shirt Hell, this shirt is pretty much an endorsement, although for some religious fundamentalists it may represent a very real fear. For what it’s worth, “Half Honkey, All Donkey” is now gone from T-Shirt Hell.
  • Nobama (keep the change) – “Nobama” has been one of the most common campaign slogans on the McCain trail. This one does it with a clever twist.
  • The Man, The Myth, The Legend. I’ve written about ThoseShirts in the past, and while I don’t agree with some of their heavy-handed slogans, I do suspect that plenty of conservatives find their shirts spot on.
  • I wrote about the Obama/Curious George tee in an earlier post.
  • Jews Against Obama. Ok, so the wheels are really starting to come off the wagon. If you are interesting in knowing more about this $200 shirt go here and here, but don’t read into things too much.

That’s it for Obama. Stay tuned for Palin and McCain t-shirts soon, which should be a lot easier since there won’t be nearly as many shirts to sift through. If you’d like to receive e-mail updates every time I make a new post you can subscribe by email. As always, feel free to add to this list in the comments.

35 thoughts on “Obama T-Shirt Roundup

  1. I’m glad to see that there are so many great Obama designs appearing. Although saying that there are a lot out there that are pretty rubbish. Hopefully some more good ones will start appearing soon…

  2. As an internet marketer of Obama Clothing I have found that taste is subjective. I have sold over 100 different designs I created to countries all over the globe.

    Designs I that were poor sometimes sell good and designs I thought were excellent sometimes barely sell, so I keep a huge selection on line.

    My personal favorite is the T-shirt called Evolution, but it has not sold a single time,while the MLK_Obama clothing always sells strong.

    You can check out my work at

    http://www.ObamaMegaStore.com

  3. I’m looking forward to the flood of Prop 19 shirts which will hit the market to celebrate passage in California of the initiative to regulate, tax, and control cannabis in 2010 and my greatest hope is that Obama will be featured prominently on the best shirt. Obama opposed immigration law in Arizona and filed suit. The same sort of suit has been threatened by the last dinosaurs of the war on drugs bureaucracy, but it shows their weakness and fear of the eventual passage of cannabis regulation. We think Obama will sue to end bigotry, not to perpetuate it. What do you think? Will you vote yes on Prop 19 to regulate, tax, and control cannabis in 2010 in California?

    Ty Palmer :: Founder

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