From NY to LA, street art of US candidates blooms

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LOS ANGELES: Many Americans are taking to canvas and poster board this year to express their political thoughts through depictions – sometimes unflattering – of presidential hopefuls like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Trump, the controversial billionaire who is leading the Republican Party nomination race and is known for his sometimes incendiary comments, is perhaps the most popular subject among artists.
“It’s gotten a lot of people together to create art against him,” said Mitchel Dumlao, cofounder of the LA Street Art Gallery.
New York artist Hansky unveiled in Manhattan one of the most blunt and critical depictions of the former reality TV star to date: Trump’s face incorporated into a pile of feces buzzed by flies.
Known for disparaging remarks about Mexicans, Trump pinatas have been selling well for months both in the United States and Mexico. Other popular items in the Hispanic community are T-shirts and posters with the slogan “Donald eres un pendejo” (Donald you’re an asshole”) in large white letters on a black background along with a profile of Trump’s face.
Democratic Party front runner Hillary Clinton’s depiction in popular art is also not positive.
In one example her face is printed on a cardboard pine freshener – the kind that dangles from the rear view mirror in cars – with the slogan “Hillary Stinks – Reeks of Scandal” can be found for sale in Los Angeles.
The former secretary of state also appears in a faux poster for the animated ogre movie “Shrek,” and in a series of black and white “Don’t Say” posters, that include her face matched with words like “Entitled,” “Secretive,” “Polarizing” and “Calculating.”

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