Our colleague L. showing off a graphic t-shirt with the image of a boxing panda bear. How can you not like that? This shirt has got game (even though it was bought at a very un-game-having Urban Outfitters).
The graphic on this t-shirt is a cute mashup of one of modern China’s greatest political leaders Mao Zedong (sometimes written as “Tse-Dong”), a.k.a., “Chairman Mao,” and one of America’s most popular modern presidents, Barack Obama. Thus “Oba Mao.”
We imagine a lot of American tourists snap these shirts up. The shirt’s iconic and heroic visual treatment of Obama and inherent Maoist-Marxist symbolism are reminiscent of those t-shirts with Che Guevara’s face that were globally popular back in the early 2000s.
Our friend and contributor Richard took this quickly snapped pic a few days ago while traveling in China. Thanks, Richard!
Photo: Richard Haase. All rights reserved.