Allen Stanford – The Bathroom Tile!
Following on from the Bernard Madoff-branded emergency kit and sweater, eBay is now providing the opportunity to deck your bathroom out with a financial crisis rogues gallery through the medium of wipe-clean tiles! Not since the 20-inch canvas print of Paul Ross has there been such a WTF moment in home decorating.
eBay store Echo Vintage Books and Vinyl has clearly been thinking outside the box for some fresh revenue streams, and come up with the idea of commemorative tiles decorated with a celeb photo picked out in blotchy black paint, priced at $29.99. I know, but some people will buy any old crap.
There’s the celebs you might expect – Cruise, Cyrus, Obama – but then there’s some real niche curveballs – Desmond Tutu, short story writer Andre Dubus, Chesly Sullenberger aka that guy who landed that plane in the Hudson river. Chinese politicians and Indian cricketers also feature heavily. And best of all are a few stars of the financial crisis! Crooked senator Rod Blagojevich, chair of House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank, controversy plagued senator Chris Dodd, regulation-hating former Fed chair Alan Greenspan, and record fraudsters Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford, the former “selling fast” and bumped up to $98, while the latter looks awfully like Hitler.
You can even set up your own ceramic talk-show firebrand face-off, with tiles of Bill O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann! Personally I’m going to be bidding for a tile of Dennis Farina. Nothing says “classy bathroom” like anachronistic C-list Italian comic actors.