“Hope Less” Art Print by Klutch

Portland artist Klutch has once again teamed up with Diesel Fuel Prints for an insane release.  “Hope Less” is a 10″ x 15″ screenprint, has an edition of 200, and is $20.  It has already sparked some heated discussion across the internet, so Klutch wanted to tell of his inspiration for the image:

“Already getting mixed reactions to this one. It is not some big statement or an Obama dis. Here is my side:  The whole thing was just a show flyer. I LOVE black metal and have been going through some f**ked mental episodes lately. The Hope poster seemed like a good vehicle for expressing that I personally am not feeling too hopeful these days. Attacking an icon of hope seems perfectly fair and based on the reactionary responses I would say it is necessary.”

It is now available in the Gigposters.com Classifieds.

18 Responses to ““Hope Less” Art Print by Klutch”

  1. At first he told a completely different story
    “You youngsters are naive if you think anything really changed other than a new spokesmodel for the same old corporations”
    “Unfulfilled promises or inflated expectations? Either way there is growing dissatisfaction with the promise of hope.”

    And now it’s “just a show flyer”. Sigh

  2. wack

  3. No inconsistencies here. The first quote is my true opinion, the second is the back story of why I made this.

    Again, “attacking an icon of hope seems perfectly fair and based on the reactionary responses I would say it is necessary”. Dissent is important whether aimed at Bush, Obama, or myself.

  4. attacking an icon of hope is fair, necessary and also easy, let’s keep it at that ;)

  5. Kurt,

    Yeah it is easy when you sold yourself as something different, then everthything is business as usual. I voted for the guy, but if you believe he has followed through with the promises he made of change and hope in Washington, your lying to yourself.

  6. Greg, So whats the problem with Klutch doing it? Just cuz you didnt come up with the idea first?

  7. I don’t want to get to political with this one, and I can see the promises he made didn’t happen. But I really don’t believe he is a spokesmodel for the big corporations. If you see a so-called objective news channel like FOX flaming him every chance they get and all the lobby groups from big companies investing millions in crossing/stopping his proposals, I truly believe he is not their handpuppet.
    I also think people overestimate his power.
    That said; Hope is one of the few and last free things poor people have. Don’t take it away from them ;)

  8. Nice work. Agree with the sentiment, keep it up Klutch.

    As for those offended, keep believing the hype. Suckers!

  9. Other Brian,

    I don’t have a problem with him doing it. I agree with the idea. Where did you get that I didn’t?

  10. Obama 2012! Im very happy with what Obama has done so far. Those that arent.. must be rich.

  11. Oh yeah what has obama really done? Hes just a puppet like all the other presidents.

  12. I think to much thought goes into perception at times. Personally I saw this as a poster for someone whom is hope less. It never crossed my mind that it had any type of political portrayal. Only after I read anything about it ;gave me a political view which I could care very little about.

  13. haha ive looked at this poster a few times, and i even have a huge HOPE poster on my wall.. and i just now notice this is the same image with hair. guess im not too quick.. :)

  14. @z0m6ie

    well i can tell you i now get more food stamps then i did before Obama was elected. I also now have government funded health care. so im quite happy with the current government :)
    now i have even more money to spend on posters!

  15. Not that Klutch ripped this idea off, but I’ve seen the Fairey image at protests in Times Square with Obama wearing Joker makeup and “-LESS” appended to it. They happened to be a group of Puerto Ricans that claimed the United States was an occupying force in Puerto Rico and wanted to be independent of us, despite the benefits of the affiliation.

    And since everyone is saying something, I might as well use this one comment thread on this one blog to sum up my feelings since last year’s inauguration.

    To me, the apparent lack of progress in the last year doesn’t indicate that the President has welched on his promises. Instead, it shows me how well the fundamental checks and balances of our government works (too well, in some cases). It is funny how conservatives are worried about socialism or too much government control when there are many different elements in American politics designed to keep a true fascist leader out of power. Anyone can objectively admit that our system is built that way, liberal or conservative…but somehow Beck and O’Reilly have average Americans afraid of an impossibility. The man has a lot of firewood to stack for winter and he’s trying to turn the other cheek when FoxNews-educated individuals keep kicking down the pile and calling him Hitler (because they don’t know the difference between socialism and fascism).

    Furthermore, I think the President is viewed by truly intelligent people as a Messianic figure who simply wanted to come in and make some grand gestures for the people for up to seven more years and then get on with his life. He knows there are term limits; he wants to fix what he can in the short time he has (and so far I think he’s been able to do a good job, despite all the infuriating delays I’ve been watching on C-SPAN with the health care that everyone admits needs to be tightened up). My 401k is back in shape again, the government has smartly profited from the TARP “bailout” program, the auto industry did not collapse, and he is allowing our military to wind down two very expensive wars in a reasonable manner, so things have improved in the last year. None were popular decisions, but he already knows that some pundit is going to find fault with whatever he does. We all saw a populist, stern, and (almost) angry President yesterday with his speech on banking yesterday, so I think he needs to come out and acknowledge that he won’t be able to make one decision everyone will agree on, but at least it won’t be as bad as late 2008-early 2009.

    I think people just need to stop watching the news and objectively look at the ups and downs of the country in the last ten years to see this recent reemergence of the economy (and how the rest of the world views us). My poly-sci professor in college told us that there are only three places where you should get your news on government:

    a. Public Television, because of their record of non-partisan and non-corporate sponsored programming,
    b. C-SPAN, because you’re essentially watching unfiltered surveillance of government proceedings as they happen, and
    c. Comedy Central, because “many a truth is told in jest” and they will distill any fluff from a situation to get to the root of the matter and lampoon it.

    This cycle disturbs me and I am sad that half of America doesn’t realize how the talking heads have so much influence over them (and this goes for both liberals and conservatives): The Government makes a decision on something –> the talking heads react to it in either a favorable or unfavorable manner, depending on what network they work for, turning facts into news now decorated with their own opinions –> the voters eat it up because people who tend to watch one channel for their information will tend to believe everything they hear from that channel –> and then the voters, fueled by suggestive [and sometimes distorted] commentary rather than facts and figures, will then influence the Senators or Congresspersons into making a decision on something that the talking heads will react to, and so on…

    Oops, coffee maker is done. Thanks for hearing me out guys, just try to take it easy on the man.

  16. @Clay

    Clay, on January 21st, 2010 at 9:58 pm Said:
    haha ive looked at this poster a few times, and i even have a huge HOPE poster on my wall.. and i just now notice this is the same image with hair. guess im not too quick..
    @z0m6ie
    well i can tell you i now get more food stamps then i did before Obama was elected. I also now have government funded health care. so im quite happy with the current government
    now i have even more money to spend on posters!”

    You know you probably wouldnt need food stamps if you sold your hope poster. You could probably buy a year worth of food and still have some extra money for posters.

  17. geez why is everybody bitchin about obama being critized?why is nobody bitchin about the print itself.i mean c’mon – taking an obama hope print and scribbling hopeless on it and adding some death metal hair is the best you can do?no wonder you’re depressed

  18. Klutch isn’t even political except when he’s trying to hook up with a politically active honey. So it’s true when he says this poster isn’t some big statement about Obama. It’s an amusing, eye-catching exercise in egotism, and it conveniently doubles as a show flyer. It’s all about Klutch. When isn’t it?

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