Poster by the Date Farmers
Not since Eugene McCarthy have political posters in the U.S. been so grand -- which is where we hope comparisons between Obama and McCarthy stop, in terms of electability. This one landed in my mail box this morning. Designed by an art pair called the Date Farmers (Carlos Ramirez and Armando Lerma) -- their parents were date farmers, according to the press release -- it's intended for special eyes in Cali, but everyone's eyes in Texas. All proceeds from poster sales will go to make posters for Texas. Sort of like a self-fertilizing plum tree, once you get beyond the signed edition. (They're $200.) So buy more make more! Si se puede.
According to the Date Farmers' pr company, Evolutionary Media, which also is handling Shepard Fairey's Obama poster campaign:
The Date Farmers, an amazing duo of artists and sons of date farmers, have produced a limited-edition set of 300 campaign posters, to be sold via Upper Playground (www.upperplayground.com) in support of Barack Obama. All proceeds from the sales of the Date Farmers' Obama 2008 screen print will go directly to creating more campaign posters that will be distributed throughout Texas. The hand made, limited-edition, signed and numbered campaign posters go on-sale Thursday, February 20th, 2008.
The press release says that Upper Playground commissioned the Date Farmers to create the poster.