LA Trendsetters Hawk the Vote
Yesterday's Women's Wear Daily reported that T-shirts bearing political messages are more popular than ever. Online sales outlets and political websites fuel this body-as-billboard trend. The article also mentions LA's own Sean Bonner and the sixspace Gallery downtown.
"Also benefiting from sales are Web sites, including CafePress.com, that service organizations that don’t have the time and wherewithal to court their own retail accounts. San Leandro, Calif.-based CafePress.com will ship more than a million political products this year, more than double their numbers from last year, said co-owner Maheesh Jain.
Sean Bonner, owner of the Sixspace Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, is one of the sellers pushing conventional boundaries. Two days after Vice President Dick Cheney told Sen. Pat Leahy on the Senate floor to 'Go f--- yourself,' Bonner created a T-shirt with the directive that is one of the top six sellers on CafePress.com. He said he is not surprised that he’s sold more than 1,000 T-shirts in one month.
'It’s a direct quote, and people can take it however they will,' Bonner said."