Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Iconic, ironic Icon

I wonder if Ernesto Guevara graces as many tee-shirts in his native Argentina or in Cuba as it does in India. A clothing brand popular with rich college kids has his stylized visage on an entire range of ironic clothes.
A cousin had him on the other day. "Cool tee-shirt", I said.
"Is that a picture of someone, or just a painting?", I asked.
"It's a photograph", he assured me.
"Don't know his name, but he's an older Hollywood star."
A Marxist as the icon of a Consumeristic Society. Wonder if El Che would have appreciated the irony.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

I'm sure he's spinning in his grave even as we speak.

P@ul@mi said...

you just stated the fact and the fact that i was so inspired by him after reading his motorcycle diaries and i could not event flaunt one t-shirt coz it means a whole different thing now among the thousand wannabees and for sure most of them don't him know his revolutionary ideas or his revolutionary life.
yes it does hurt a cord.

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Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Oh, that is ironic! It's interesting how time and generation change people's perceptions, isn't it??

Dorte H said...


And Shakespeare is a Hollywood script writer?

Jules said...

Funny, too funny. You have such great insight on the world around you. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like the young people in India are no different than here in the USA - just as clueless!

Cinette said...

I love irony; it forces us not to take ourselves too seriously.

Clarissa Draper said...

I see his face all over Mexico but I honestly know nothing about the man.


LTM said...

I KNOW! Can you believe it?

Although, I like his beret... ;p j/k <3

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Now that's funny!

Marjorie said...

I wouldn't be caught dead wearing his ugly face on my body. Just the thought of other people wearing his face makes me a tad ill.

Holly Ruggiero said...

That's wild. I don’t understand why anyone would wear clothing with a photo of someone they didn't know.

Julie Musil said...

An old Hollywood star? That's funny. Or crazy. I've never seen photos of him before!

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Why on flip-flops though? It's not like anyone's going to see your face there!

Jemi Fraser said...

Ironic indeed!!

Al said...

Love the irony, hadn't really thought of it before. Very well pointed out!

slommler said...

Kids!!! Definitely clueless!!
And I never could understand why someone would want to wear anothers' face on their clothing??
Ironic for sure!!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Debra - I am sure he would be

@ P@ul@mi - it does hurt, doesn't it. Most people who wear him don't even know his name.

@ Margot - and his face has become such an icon in capitalistic India.

@ Dorte - but naturally

@ Jules - thank you

@ Alex - which is such a pity, isn't it?

@ Cinette - if I do pick them up, it would be purely for the irony

@ Clarissa - but you are not wearing him, are you?

@ Leigh - crazy, isn't it?

@ Diane - or pointless.

@ Marjorie - stay away from India in that case- you see him everywehre

@ Holly - me neither. Guess it is a cool thing to do

@ Julie - you are missing nothing. Though it is a nice image

@ Oddyoddyo13 - search me. But I had to take the photograph

@ Jemi - very

@ Al - I always grin when I see his face on someone's chest

@ SueAnn - and not a very pretty face, either


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