The merchandising of Barack Obama.
Not the marketing of the man (and now President) himself, but the merchandising opportunities that his likeness seems to inspire.
One was a link to a commemorative "pop-art" portrait of Obama by a company called Paint Your Life. Mind you, that link might expire 'cause the offer is only good for three days. (!) However, if you can't see the Obama art, you can look at their other "pop-art" examples and imagine just how good the Obama one looked. Art ostensibly in the style of Andy Warhol, but done by handy whore-alls. (Thank you, I'll be here all week.)
The other email notified me that Obama rubber masks - with no discernible likeness to Obama at all - are selling like hotcakes (or mochi?) in Japan.
Which all makes me wonder if I am not missing this amazing opportunity. For change. Small change. Big bucks.
What other completely unappealing products will people be willing to buy to commemorate this presidency? Oh.
But perhaps those are not really gaudy enough? Where are genuine Swarovski crystals?
The artist "14" at Gallery of the Absurd created spoof Obama & McCain dolls during the election, but maybe it's time for one of her Thomas Kinkade/Bradford Exchange spoofs. How about a White House of Light, Obama Family Commemorative 2009 Snowglobe? It would have to have 22K gold accents, real twinkling lights, and red, white and blue parade confetti in a gleaming orb with a solid mahogany-like base!
Who knows? Maybe collectibles will save the economy. You keep buying them (stimulus), you don't throw them away (thrift and ecology), and you show them to your fellow collectors (community-building).
Now, before you get mad, please know that I do have a special place in my heart for
Unfortunately. If I didn't, I could start a tidy little business right about now.