- 7,233 participants
- distributed 188,538 tiny trumps
- across 50 states; 11 countries; 2,549 cities
- using 94 different slogans.
- $5,044 of project proceeds donated
With 7,233 participants across 50 states and 11 countries, tiny trump was one of the largest participatory, activist artworks in recent memory. A “tiny trump” is a 3-inch tall cardboard protest sticker and is sold for 99¢.
While the majority of Americans disapproved of the authoritarian and divisive tones emanating from the Trump White House, most people felt powerless to stop it and, as a result, remained largely inactive. tiny trump helped transform this wide-ranging demographic into activists, one tiny act of resistance at a time, by giving people a publicly visible way to resist and make their voices heard.
Artist Statement written 1/8/18
Donald Trump projects himself as larger than life. This is a cover. In reality he is insecure and mentally fragile.
When I hear, “in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care,” and “I know the details of taxes better than anybody,” I do not see a “genius.” I see someone who is insecure about his intelligence and desperate to provide cover for what he doesn’t know.
When I see the president of the United States throwing paper towels at survivors of a natural disaster as though he were playing arcade basketball, I don’t see someone who is trying to lighten the mood. I see a person who either can’t or doesn’t want to be seen empathizing with minorities.
When I see him condemn “both sides,” pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and retweet the most offensive anti-Muslim videos without context, I see a morally weak leader unwilling to condemn bigotry, hatred, and racism.
When I see the record rate at which he lies and the contempt he has for journalistic institutions I see someone who simply isn’t mentally strong enough to engage with the truth.
When I see him engage in tit-for-tat reprisals with Rosie O’Donnell, Mika Brzezinski, Megyn Kelly, and boast about “grabbing [women] by the pussy,” I see a misogynist.
And when he insults a Muslim gold star family, calls Mexicans “drug dealers, criminals, rapists”, and refers to black majority countries as “shitholes,” I see a xenophobe and a racist.
In short, I do not see a big man when I look at donald trump. Quite the opposite. I see a small-minded and petty man. I see tiny trump. And I am not alone.
tiny trump gives those who see trump as small a means to exert ourselves in a publicly visible and meaningful way.
—Eric Corriel, written 1/8/18
A tiny trump is a 3-inch tall cardboard protest sticker. Inspired by the classic cardboard protest sign, tiny trumps are shrunken down to fit in a pocket so participants can deploy them anywhere.
Traditional stickers were sold as a cheaper option to the cardboard protest stickers. Four different sheets were available for $5.00 each (42¢ per sticker). Individual tiny trump stickers measured 1.75” tall.
tiny trump began as cardboard protest signs designed to be left or photographed in the public realm (see “The Original tiny trump” section below). Each protest sign was made from cardboard found on the street, the hands and head were painted by hand (finger-painted to be exact), and the slogan was stamped on both sides using a custom designed press.
Nine slogans were created for the protest sign version of tiny trump: Big Bullies Are Small People, Pussy Grabber, Enemy of the People, Property of Russia, Low Rating, 72% Lies, Cry Baby, Low Life, and Loser.
Approximately 1,000 such signs were made. At the beginning of the project they were available for free online (donations accepted). The majority were given away for free at marches and some were sold for $19.99.
As trumpism became more popular and its symbols proliferated in the public realm it became important for tiny trump to respond with a larger, more permanent countervailing force. The tiny trump lawn sign worked 24/7, through all weather conditions, towards this end. It was designed to draw more attention to Biden/Harris signs and sap energy from trump/pence signs.
tiny trump lawn signs were sold for $24.99.
The tiny trump “ENOUGH” sticker acted as a visual amplifier for a regular tiny trump. Participants could stick their favorite tiny trump in the middle of an “ENOUGH” sticker template to broadcast, in all caps, what they had had enough of.
The stickers were designed to stand out on a variety of surfaces, from laptops to car bumpers.
The tiny trump enamel pin took its inspiration from the American flag pin politicians wear. While it was primarily designed to show resistance in formal, political settings, its small size made it equally adept at being an fashion accessory fit for a backpack or tote.
tiny trump enamel pins measured 1.5” high and sold for $3.50.
During the Kavaunaugh confirmation hearings CNN showed an image of a protester holding a tiny trump on the homepage of their mobile site from Friday, October 6th to Monday, October 8th 2018. The image was taken from the protest below.
Senator Chuck Schumer was given a tiny trump by SVA student Laura del Pino at the 2020 Women’s March in New York City.
In January of 2019, Eric and members of the Black Student Union, Veterans Coalition, and students from his Artist as Activist class at School of Visual Arts went down to Washington D.C. to pass out over 500 tiny trumps to protesters and participate in the march. A very limited edition of 20 golden tiny trumps were made for this purpose and distributed to students.
In 2020, Eric led a different group of SVA students from the Asian American Student Union, the Black Student Union, and Women in Animation to the Women’s March in New York City. Students gave away tiny trumps large and small before marching in the wind and snow from the Upper West Side to Times Square.
Students gave away tiny trumps large and small before marching in the wind and snow from the Upper West Side to Times Square. Senator Chuck Schumer was in attendance and was given, and took, a tiny trump.
60% of the tips generated by this project went to the NAACP LDF (whose mission it is to “seek structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice”) and to varying Democratic organizations. Donations were also made to the NAACP on the 25th of every month as a way of remembering George Floyd. The complete list of donations made is as follows:
- 6/3/2020: $500 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- 7/25/2020: $277 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- 7/31/2020: $277 to Joe Biden’s Campaign
- 8/25/2020: $382.35 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- 8/30/2020: $382.35 to Joe Biden’s Campaign
- 9/25/2020: $395.61 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- 9/25/2020: $395.61 to Joe Biden’s Campaign
- 10/25/2020: $884.00 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- 10/25/2020: $884.00 to Joe Biden’s Campaign
- 11/25/2020: $153.68 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- 11/25/2020: $153.68 to Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Initiative
- 12/25/2020: $31.21 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- 12/25/2020: $31.21 to Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Initiative
- 1/25/2020: $148.50 to NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- 1/25/2020: $148.50 to Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Initiative
TOTAL DONATED: $5,044.42
More information about the financial side of the project can be found here.
It was important for the artist that people not be limited by financial constraints to participate in the project so all assets were released as an open source Github repository. Anyone could make their own tiny trumps by getting Avery 8165 labels and printing a simple template.
Participants could also buy blank tiny trumps to stamp them however they wished.
Participants could also make a two foot tall tiny trump from a pizza box; full tutorial here.