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Sanders Sells: Nobody Moves T-shirts Like the Socialist Senator 

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Bernie Sanders New World Money Posters

Giclée posters available in three sizes, $69-139.
click to enlarge VAL BOCHKOV
  • Val Bochkov

Russian-born artist and aspiring Vermonter Val Bochkov launched a New World Money series a couple of years ago and has graced his elegant "bills" with celebrity faces from Billie Holiday to Bono to ... Bernie Sanders. Read more about Bochkov in State of the Arts.

Black Flag Bernie T-shirt

$18 (roughly 80 percent of profits to the campaign),
click to enlarge Model: Maeve McBride, coordinator, 350 Vermont - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Model: Maeve McBride, coordinator, 350 Vermont

Chicago resident and punk rocker Steven Vainberg just got out of graduate school and is "broke as hell," so he couldn't donate money to the campaign of the man who wants to make college more affordable. He was also moved by stories about how Sanders, as mayor of Burlington, supported 242 Main, the all-ages youth center that hosted bands like Fugazi and became a punk mecca.

So he and a buddy decided they could raise money for Sanders — and themselves — by selling a shirt that borrows one of punk's most iconic images: Black Flag's thick black bars.

In August, Vainberg's first run of 50 shirts sold out in two hours. He has moved 200 shirts a week since.

"The punk community is pro-Sanders," Vainberg declared.

Talk Bernie to Me T-shirt

click to enlarge Model: Nicole Nelson - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Model: Nicole Nelson

Nothing less sexy than a Bernie Sanders speech, but this "Talk Bernie to Me" T-shirt makes an interesting proposition.

Correction 9/30/15: An earlier version of this article misspelled Christopher Vaughn's name.

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


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