Where did this start? (Don’t tell me it’s Austin, ha ha.) And why is it so ubiquitous? When I see such a car I can be assured that it’s a white guy/gal, usually with a ponytail, or wearing an Earth Mother dress. And the car is typically a Subaru or Honda Civic (the older the better).
I find myself on the left side of things more often than not, but I think Republicans have much more aesthetically pleasing bumpers. They typically have their McCain/Palin sticker, the local church, their kid’s high school, and maybe a “Choose Life” sticker - that’s four, tops.
And if anyone on the Dope has more than 50 stickers on your car - why?
I live in a predominently liberal metro area, and to the extent I see this at all (Minnesota is fairly restrained – some might say straightjacketed – about personal expression), I see it with right wing, teabagger, gun nut, anti-abortion type stickers more than the hippie stuff.
It’s not that I never see hippie wagons, and you see a lot of Obama stickers, but it tends to stop at the Obama stickers (or maybe a Franken sticker too). You don’t see the granola/save the whales/troops out of Iraq stickers plastered all over the car that often.
I don’t see that many Jesus wagons either, but I see more of them than the Scooby Doo vans. it seems like the gun kooks and the pro-lifers are the most apt to go nuts with the stickers.
I’m a leftie, and I’ve definitely noticed that bumper stickers reach the saturation point as described by Hippie Hollow. On the right, you’ll see an American flag, NRA sticker, Bush and/or McCain sticker, an anti-Obama sticker (frequently “KEEP THE CHANGE” or “NOPE” with the stylized O) some glurge (stick figure family, BRANDI / CHEERLEADING / HUTTO H.S. or whatever sport and high school their little athlete is in, Jesus fish), and maybe a “Pride of Place” sticker left over from 9/11 if the car is old enough.
The left, though … they pwn the right when it comes to bumper sticker saturation. It’s not just Subarus and Hondas, though, but also Toyota econoboxes, and Volvo 200-series station wagons. No glurge, nothing about how Brandon is a quarterback at Stony Point High School, no stick figure family. Just leftie screeds. I’d give them a thumbs up, but … well, my lone “Keep Austin Weird” sticker probably makes me seem like Glen Beck in comparison.
Then again, in Austin I saw a truck completely covered in Pioflin (some Spanish radio station) stickers, and cars with three or four Pioflin stickers were frequent sights.
Back in Upstate NY, you’ll see the rare vehicle covered in graphic abortion photos. Ewwww …
This. Though I’m on the right, I only have three bumper stickers, and only this one is political. (the other two are this one and this one of my own design) BUT I’ve seen cars with conservative stickers that hide the paint job too.
In my area, not too far north of Austin, it’s usually some Bible scripture with maybe a cardboard sign in the back window or a plywood sandwich board in the bed of a pickup. It’s rare though, kinda makes me wish I lived in a bigger city, crazy is always entertaining.