Help me find some awesome bumper stickers.
September 14, 2012 2:59 PM   Subscribe

I need some bumper stickers. There are so many to choose from.

My 2002 Ford Focus sedan is now 10 years old, and not worth much. Now that there's zero chance that I will be selling it, I want to give it some personality. I need some bumper stickers.

There are so many to choose from. I don't want stickers that everyone else has. I want surreal bumper stickers, humorous bumper stickers, liberal bumper stickers (but not any that refer to any specific politicians). I'm a fiscal/social liberal, a Unitarian Universalist, a parent, an Oregonian, a librarian, and care about environmental and animal rights issues. I have a quirky sense of humor, but probably anything that you'd find at a Ren Faire would be too nerdy for me.

Help me pick some really good ones. What are the best ones you've seen? I saw a similar question from 2005 but half those links are dead by now.
posted by rabbitrabbit to Shopping (37 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
Lincoln for president?
posted by uncannyslacks at 3:04 PM on September 14, 2012


This might be a little off-tone, but how about "Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Republican"?

I used to have a vinyl safety sticker from a paper mill reading "250 LB STEAM" in black and safety-yellow on my 92 Camry.

Some of these are kind of good, others a bit strident.
posted by Juffo-Wup at 3:06 PM on September 14, 2012


Try cafepress.com --- they've got a huge variety, from politically ultra-conservative to ultra-liberal, plus an extensive variety of pretty much everything else you can think of.
posted by easily confused at 3:06 PM on September 14, 2012


Got no link, but there's a car running around my city with a bumper sticker that says "I don't have a small penis so I don't need a big truck" and it never fails to make me giggle.
posted by Sternmeyer at 3:08 PM on September 14, 2012


Fish n' chips
posted by raztaj at 3:09 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


I like getting bumper stickers from places/ areas I've visited. Eg. an oregon green heart sticker though I live in NJ.
posted by raccoon409 at 3:09 PM on September 14, 2012




Nuanced Bumper Stickers, including "I'd rather be engaging in any one of the several activities that I enjoy more than driving," "The benefits of environmental protection measures should be thoughtfully weighed against their costs, and the sound ones enacted," and "In many contexts, 'What would Jesus do?' is not a particularly helpful inquiry."
posted by The World Famous at 3:13 PM on September 14, 2012 [6 favorites]


student driver?
posted by JimmyJames at 3:17 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I had the sticker version of this t-shirt on my car when I had a Focus. I may have a spare one (sticker, not car) laying around. I'll check tonight.
posted by workerant at 3:20 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


"no human being is illegal"
"my karma ran over your dogma"
"visualize whirled peas"
"my other car is a broom"
"God is Coming and Is She Pissed"
posted by mermayd at 3:24 PM on September 14, 2012


Car Bomb
posted by rhizome at 3:25 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Heart in Oregon window cling
Firefly
Zombie family
posted by OrangeDisk at 3:25 PM on September 14, 2012




Honk if you're horny
posted by KokuRyu at 3:45 PM on September 14, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have Cthulhu Saves (In case he gets hungry later)

Overall, I urge you not to get one of those stickers where the font is so small that the reader has to really really really concentrate to read it. That makes the reader want to read it just out of spite and rather than making the reader think you are a jaunty sort, makes them hate you and want to run you off the road into a ditch where you will be gnawed by the lower mammals.
posted by Kafkaesque at 3:49 PM on September 14, 2012 [3 favorites]


https://studebakermuseum.org/store/for-the-car/bail-out-studebaker-bumper-sticker_00411/
posted by jcatus at 3:53 PM on September 14, 2012


"Bad Cop, No Donut" is the bravest bumper sticker I know.
posted by bswinburn at 4:01 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Make Portland Normal!
posted by ibechase at 4:08 PM on September 14, 2012


Republicans for Voldemort
posted by sallybrown at 4:27 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sadly, no more FOCUS DAMMIT stickers and Sri at unamerican.com seems to be out of the sticker printing business. Sorry.
posted by workerant at 4:27 PM on September 14, 2012


HONK IF YOU'RE DRUNK
posted by perhapses at 4:28 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


Northern Sun Merchandising has tons of lefty stickers to choose from. You say you care about animal rights issues - my two favorite stickers my car has ever worn were two printed by White Wave back in the pre-Dean Foods era. One read "Legalize Tofu" and the other read "I eat tofu and I vote." Can't find the former, but here's a version of the latter.
posted by jocelmeow at 5:47 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK

Tea Parties Are...

Hey...where are we? And what are we doing in this handbasket?
posted by BoscosMom at 7:26 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Would using a Ford Focus as a zombie hunting vehicle be surreal enough?
posted by CKmtl at 7:50 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I had one on my 1990 CRX that said "I am a human being, not a consumer" and another that said "If you're in a folk song, don't go down to the river." Both of those got a lot of thumbs up from Volvos and Subarus, and a lot of confused looks and "I don't get it" at stop lights from drivers of more conventional tranportation.
posted by notsnot at 7:54 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


In-N-Out Urge, depending on availability.
posted by rhizome at 7:57 PM on September 14, 2012


I've had mine for more than 10 years (I drive a Honda). Some folks don't get it ("What's Prime Time?") but I like it.
posted by kbar1 at 8:17 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have this one ("My Other Vehicle is the Mahayana") and I love it. It get lots of questions. (Mahayana Buddhism is one of the two main Buddhist traditions and it literally means "The Greater Vehicle" in Sanskrit. Ha!) I know you're not a Buddhist, but I don't think you necessarily have to be to get a kick out of the obscure wordplay.

I've also seen one that says "Begin Within" and I really like that. Also "Be the change that you want to see in the world" and "The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth." And the Darwin fish, of course.

Here are some bumper stickers I used to discuss rhetoric when I taught freshman comp in the (W.) Bush era. Some of them are pretty funny.
posted by désoeuvrée at 9:07 PM on September 14, 2012


I have a "read a fucking book" sticker on my motorcycle. It came from Left Bank Books (the anarchist collective bookstore) in Seattle. They're not available on their website, but maybe you can give them a call and order one?
posted by mollymayhem at 9:33 PM on September 14, 2012 [2 favorites]




"She who laughs, lasts"
"I'm tired of being told what to think"
"Blue state Betty"
posted by mcbeth at 10:10 PM on September 14, 2012


As pointed out by jocelmeow, Northern Sun appears to be a great source for progressive bumper stickers. You asked for favorites, so here are a few that I wouldn't mind reading while stuck in traffic - and that I haven't seen before:
If the environment were a bank we'd have saved it already
Voting is like driving: R is for going backward D is for going forward
Keep your butte in the car; the Earth is not your ashtray
May the forest be with you
posted by kbar1 at 11:40 PM on September 14, 2012


Not specifically a bumper sticker, but these Zombie Family car window stickers are excellent.
posted by belau at 11:51 AM on September 15, 2012


Or one of the mudflap girl variations - Mudflap girl reading a book.
posted by belau at 11:58 AM on September 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nuke the Whales
posted by 4ster at 6:21 PM on September 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Response by poster: Thanks everyone! Most people had good suggestions so I won't mark any best answers. I will be ordering a few stickers tonight.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:34 PM on September 15, 2012


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