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Presidential Portrait Remakes

Shepard Fairey Gives Obama's Image a Makeover for Rolling Stone

— August 8, 2009 — Art & Design
Shepard Fairey gave a makeover to Obama artwork for the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. The bi-weekly publication is running an article which is an assessment of Obama's first six months at the White House.

Shepard Fairey's Obama artwork is quite well known and propelled Fairey from an underground graffiti artist into a mainstream name.

Long after President Obama leaves the White House, Shepard Fairey's Obama artwork will be iconic of the time.

Implications - In a recent turn of events, more and more youth have been involved in politics. Because of the recent wave of encouragement from various media outlets, politics have become a popular topic among youth, making political images akin to celebrity status. Businesses can now market new products that align patriotism and politics because of this tendency to popularize political figures.
Trend Themes
1. Youth Involvement in Politics - Businesses can market new products that align patriotism and politics to cater to the increasing interest in political figures among the youth.
2. Popularization of Political Images - Opportunities arise for businesses to create products that capitalize on the growing demand for political imagery as a form of celebrity culture.
3. Blurring of Political and Pop Culture - Businesses can explore innovative strategies that combine elements of politics and pop culture to appeal to a wider audience.
Industry Implications
1. Political Merchandise - There is a rising market for merchandise that incorporates political figures, providing an opportunity for businesses to tap into this trend.
2. Marketing and Advertising - The increased popularity of political images creates a demand for marketing and advertising campaigns that leverage political figures to captivate audiences.
3. Art and Design - The fusion of politics and art allows for disruptive innovations in the field of art and design, opening up new avenues for creative expression.
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