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Lately, I've been getting a lot of pleasure and satisfaction from making these political graphics. I don't know what to call them, but they have a stencil/stamp/screen-print style. My original intent was to make them in just black and white and add them (well, those made with Creative Commons images) to Wikimedia Commons, making them available for anyone to use or remix. Then I realized the commentary value of using images as textures to fill in the white, so I started doing that. The background is always full black, so selecting it with the lowest tolerance and then inverting the selection allows anyone to put anything they want in there, including just white for that classic black t-shirt feel.

I have complicated thoughts about being a Canadian and commenting on American politics. For now, I justify it by noting that America has more influence on the planet than any other single country, and a disproportionately higher impact on Canada. So what happens in the USA has direct implications  for everyone, especially Canadians. And Mexicans, of course.

I try to stick to source photos that are in the Commons, and when I do I then put that new image back into the Commons via my Flickr account.


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Those designs below that have been donated to the Commons are linked to their pages on Flickr.