Hot on the heels of a Fader piece about “How Artists Have Helped Sustain Bernie Sanders’ Run To The White House”, another NYC-based creative type is #feelingthebern. Street artist Jim Joe, known for his rather Dada-esque scrawlings on street corners, billboards, and everyday objects, has joined the ranks of Sandernistas with a poster that may or may not become the Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” of this election season. (Take that, cardboard Hillary!) In it, the words “Human Being” are scrawled across the face of Bernie, who’s looking every bit the presidential hopeful as he longingly stares into the distance.
If the scribbles look oddly familiar, it’s because Jim Joe is also the guy who scrawled the title of Drake’s latest album across its cover, as if scratching it onto the door of a toilet stall with his car keys.
The piece is a collaboration between Jim Joe and the photographer Jamie-James Medina, who took the photo of Sanders while accompanying him on the campaign trail in Iowa. Jim Joe will be putting up the posters throughout the Lower East Side, East Village, Chinatown, and Soho starting today and continuing on throughout the weekend. If you’re not inclined to try creating your own Sanders poster with some doodling on Microsoft Paint, you can download Jim Joe’s creation free of charge from a BitTorrent Bundle here.