The Obsession With Donald Trump & Street Culture
Donald Trump street art has been a continued theme across the streets from New York to Berlin, but why are we so obsessed with him?
While the recent obsession with political figures being projected onto streetwear, it is only fitting that we take a look at the most talked about politician on earth at the moment; Donald Trump. Trump has been something of a cult figure since he took over the biggest job in the world of politics, an not necessarily a good one. However, this hasn’t stopped his face being all over the streets, clothing and of course Donald Trump street art. Streetwear kings Supreme New York first designed a Trump themed T-shirt with artist Andrei Molodkin back in 2003 (a long time before anyone thought he would be president!). The tee which was the only one ever made sold last year on the streetwear resale market for around £20,000!
More recently, Trump has been the centre of attention for many street artists who don’t paint him in a very flattering light. Examples of some Donald Trump street art include the president being portrayed as Adolf Hitler, a series of trolls and a nuke obsessed bond villain amongst other things. One of the most famous pieces of Trump themed street art lies in Berlin and shows a group of ethnically different people building a wall with the slogan ‘Fuck Donald Trump’ emblazoned across it. This is obviously in reference to Trumps insistence with making Mexico pay for a new wall to better manage cross border security between the two neighbours.
The obsession with Trump at the moment is fed a lot by his presence on social media, namely Twitter. His tweets since becoming president have become bizarre, deranged and sometimes downright dangerous. His goading of North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un, who he has christened ‘Little Rocket Man’ has taken the two countries to a dangerous game of brinkmanship which, if Trumps threats turn into reality at some stage, could escalate into a full blown nuclear war (scary right?). As well as adding fuel to the biggest global crisis since the Cuban missile crisis at the height of the cold war, Trump has also managed to piss off the entire NFL and even the NBA with his comments on football players and staff protesting against the treatment of African Americans by police across the entire country. He helpfully suggested that anyone who kneels for the national anthem be fired on the spot for the disrespect brought upon the American flag. His refusal to condemn the far right fascists that seem to make up his core support for their actions has also brought stinging criticism from political figures worldwide as well as domestic rivals and even celebrities (Robert De Niros is particularly entertaining).
People are fascinated by Trump purely because they can’t figure out how his mind works. He is extremely unpredictable in both what he says and what he does and this probably isn’t a good way to be when you are the leader of the most powerful country in the world. He used to be something of a comedy figure in America, with his Weetabix like hair and his questionable tan. However he now cuts something of a dangerous figure given what he has at his disposal, should he choose to use it.
A person in the position that Trump finds himself in should not be allowed to act like a giant man baby given that he has access to the largest nuclear arsenal on the planet and deleting his Twitter account may be a good start. It’s anyone’s guess how long Trump will continue to get away with stoking tensions both in America as well as around the world but one thing is for sure; if this is how he runs a country, it’s not hard to see how he has filed for bankruptcy numerous times.
In similar type cultural features’ you should also check out our article on the rise and influence of political streetwear.