Awesome Donald Trump subway illustrations by Ben Rubin. Shout out to my man Alex Medina for putting me on to these. Clever, hilarious, and just perfect.
For the past four years, Brooklynite Ben Rubin has been making good use of his subway time. Whenever he’s underground, he snaps pics of his fellow riders — and then digitally draws fantastical animals into the frame.
Rubin, who describes his drawings as a “compulsion,” posts his creations onInstagram and Facebook, under the moniker Subway Doodle. Using an iPad drawing app to edit his subway snaps, the 45-year-old offers playful visual commentary on the personal hazards of riding the subway.
In May, he posted a picture with a cartoon Donald Trump sitting between two subway riders — with his feet dangling off the ground and his hands down his pants. Last year, he posted a picture of cartoon Trump building a brick wall around a Latino rider right in the middle of a subway car.
“I feel like doing Trump ones, they’re just a little too easy and I’m pandering to the lowest common denominator but I can’t help myself,” Rubin said.
In the last election cycle, just after he started his doodling, Rubin did a series of Romney Zombies — altered images of the former GOP candidate eating babies and old people.
He planned to repeat that with Trump “but I couldn’t find enough pictures of him with babies,” he said with a chuckle.
Though politicians make an easily identifiable subject, most of his pictures show complete strangers. Some feature his own kids — he has two children and three step-children — but by and large he doesn’t know the random subway riders depicted, and most of them don’t even realize they’re being photographed.