These small stickers are being used to make a big political point.
Dozens of different anti-Donald Trump labels have appeared across New York City since his presidential election win in November 2016. And the man behind the Resist Trump account on Instagram is on a mission to document each and every one of them.
“They’re basically all over the place, anywhere you would normally see street art,” said the photographer, Tim Olmstead, via email this week. “Phone booths are surprisingly fertile ground, I’ve noticed.”
Olmstead, 32, said he was inspired to chronicle the often inconspicuous works of art after seeing the message “Fuck Trump” scrawled on New York City’s Manhattan Bridge.
“Since then I have just kept an eye out for it,” he said, revealing that he photographs the stickers as he walks around Manhattan and Brooklyn. He also occasionally features other forms of protest art on his account.
His favorite label is currently the above one with the word “NO” underneath an emblem depicting Trump’s coiffed hair. He prefers the pieces that make you think.
“I mean, the ones where people just write ‘Fuck Trump’ or ‘Trump sucks’ don’t exactly grab my attention the way, for instance, (Steve) Bannon puppeteering Trump does,” Olmstead said of the above image of the White House Chief Strategist in control of the president.
The underlying theme behind all the stickers he has photographed is “probably the same thing that inspired me to start taking the pictures,” he said. “It’s a way of dealing with and trying to make at least a little light out of a dark situation.”
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