Bumper Sticker Therapy

Joel Bleifuss

Chicago photographer Erich Schrempp couldn’t find bumper stickers that expressed his true feelings, so he decided to make his own. Currently his car sports the one shown here. Others in the series have included “Honk If You Can’t Stand Ashcroft,” “Bush/Enron—the Best Government Money Can Buy,” and, for Christmas, “Peace on Earth—This Means You George.”“I print these up when my blood begins to boil,” says Schrempp. “It is very therapeutic.”He buys bumper sticker stock at Home Depot, prints them out on his ink-jet printer, and then sprays them with a fixative to keep the rain from dissolving the ink.

Joel Bleifuss, a former director of the Peace Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the editor & publisher of In These Times, where he has worked since October 1986.

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