Mao. Che. Marilyn. Some faces beg to be slapped on T-shirts. And if the heaps of merchandise being generated this election year are any indication, Barack Obama appears to be joining their ranks.
John McCain? Not so much.
This isn't a partisan thing. Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004 didn't keep artists silk-screening tees late into the night, either. Google "McCain merchandise" and you generate about a million results. Type in "Obama merchandise" and - wham - you score more than 1.7 million.
No matter whom you support, there's a landslide's worth of "election-y" merchandise out there, from the racks of Barneys and Saks to Urban Outfitters, Victoria's Secret, Target - plus online sites like Cafepress.com, Zazzle.com and countless others. Much of it is nonpartisan. We've gathered together some of our favorites, for those folks who like to wear their politics on their sleeves ... or hoodies ... or flip-flops.
Brittany Murphy gets patriotic in this Rock the Vote tee by Sociology. The line, $28 to $32, bears the logo's classic early '90s look. Ten percent of proceeds benefit Rock the Vote, a group that registers and educates young voters. Available at Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and urbanoutfitters.com. Victoria's Secret PINK line offers a selection of tees, hoodies, undies, pins, etc. The Vote sweatshirt, $68, will be available Oct. 1 at Victoria's Secret stores. Renee Frances' gold-plated Vote ring, $115, is inspired by Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE sculpture. Available at Albertine, Manhattan, and at shop.reneefrances.com.
TOMS Shoes puts the sole back into politics. Campaign slip-ons, $48, at tomsshoes.com, come splashed with a party mascot on one foot. Or go for these "Split Decision" shoes. For every pair you buy, TOMS donates a pair to a child in need. Fun, flirty, democrasexy - that's the voterish vibe in this ruched jersey spaghetti-strap dress from Karen Zambos Vintage Couture, $150, at shopbop.com. ELECTION SELECTION But what about the Green Party? Or Libertarians? We've got you covered - check out even more political gear at newsday.com/style Artist Clinton Van Gemert of Williamsburg has Obama on the brain. So do his hoodies. Headhoods, $50, at headhoods.com, come in Obama, Elvis, Audrey Hepburn and other styles. But not McCain (this designer is not bipartisan). Haul your stuff Warhol-style, displaying the many shades of John McCain, with this McCain '08 Tote Bag, $16.99, in cotton canvas. Available at cafépress.com.