Starwars.com chats with artist Toby Lunchbreath about his portrait of Darth Biden, as well as the Cookie Monster as Chewbacca.
What was the back story about your Darth Biden art piece?
Darth Biden is a part of a series of cartoon poster concepts intended to help out the struggling right-wing street art movement. I don’t share their politics but I really hate to see bad art, so I thought they could use some suggestions.
So does that make President Obama — Count Dooku?
Well this was all precipitated by the Obama-as-Joker street “art” that got posted up around LA and then mimicked elsewhere, so it appears that Barack’s evil twin has already been defined. Dooku is tall and well-groomed though, so it’s really not that bad of a comparison.
Why do you think Star Wars and politics mix so well in satire?
Star Wars represents the dominant cultural myth of our generation, with clear themes of good, evil, and furry cuteness. Those images are easy to work with because we’ve already got the emotional triggers hardwired into our heads.
Any other Star Wars mash-up portraits you’d like to do next?
I did a Cookie Monster/Chewbacca cartoon a few months ago. As far as future Star Wars mashups, I imagine they’ll happen organically as ideas present themselves. I thought about doing a tutorial on converting your moisture vaporators to wind power but I think the audience is maybe three people for that joke.
Check out more art by Lunchbreath here:
Art by Lunchbreath (via Flickr)