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Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Disco Night Mini Print

$10, Etsy Shop, FullSnowMoon
click to enlarge MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen

The original concept from Wyoming artist Kim Harris pictured Hillary Clinton, Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley onstage, with Michael Jackson sitting on the side, watching them in the rumble scene from West Side Story.

"It was getting to be too much," Harris lamented. This is her revised version.

Bern Down Babylon Bernie Sanders T-shirt

$20 ($5 goes to the campaign)
click to enlarge Model: Craig Mitchell - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Model: Craig Mitchell

"Chant Down Babylon" is a Rastafarian phrase and the title of a Bob Marley song about bringing down corrupt and unjust human institutions. So naturally, like you, we assumed the Jeb Bush campaign had already secured the rights to the phrase. But Winooski T-shirt designer Drew Burns said it reminded him of our man in Washington.

"Obviously, the message is a niche one," Burns said. "Not really something that your grandma would wear. But we've been getting a lot of love from the West Coast ... and Vermont as well."

The original print version of this article was headlined "Sanders Sells"

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Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Mark Davis was a Seven Days staff writer 2013-2018.

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Matthew Thorsen

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Matthew Thorsen was a photographer for Seven Days 1995-2018. Read all about his life and work here.


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