CR blog readers may recall we posted up two posters designed by Shephard Fairey of Obey in support of Barack Obama earlier this year. Well, more of Barack’s graphically-able supporters are rallying to the cause – thanks to a collaboration between pro-Obama volunteer group, The 008, and San Francisco store, Upper Playground.
“We at Upper Playground are pleased to announce our support of Barack Obama in 2008,” Upper Playground announce on their site. “For too long we have been plagued by mediocrity and incompetence at the Executive level. As an international company, we feel that it is time to support a candidate that truly embodies the American spirit in both his campaign and his ideologies. We believe that Barack Obama is that candidate.”
Since Shephard Fairey issued his Obama posters, Upper Playground raised funds by printing the images on – and selling T-shirts. This revenue has been put towards further pro-Obama activity, the most recent flurry of which sees artists Munk One and Sam Flores create portraits of Obama that have both been screenprinted in a limited edition of 200 posters, each of which is available to buy for $200 from the Upper Playground website which states that “all proceeds from sales… will go directly to creating more campaign T-shirts, posters and stickers by other artists in support of Obama’s bid for President.”
This poster by Date Farmers was originally commissioned by Upper Playground “to be mass-distributed on offset posters throughout Texas prior to the primary in that state.” A limited run of 300 screenprints of it was made available to buy earlier this month but have now sold out