Anyone with even the slightest interaction with Christianity can identify the silhouette of the BVM, although some
I haven't seen this one on many cars; in fact the only place I've seen it is at the Supermercado El Rey, where I bought this and the sticker above in the "impulse Buy" area at the caja.
Who dat prayin"? It's Jeezus! And it has that same troublesome (for some) border.
Our Friend Che appears on cars all over the place here. Actually, his silhouette is the one I have seen on cars for my entire time here in Panamá; Che or Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes urinating and flipping the bird, a silhouette I didn't buy and have no plan of ever buying! The iconography of Che Guevara has been of interest to me for a long time. When we were at the South and Central American Missionary's Retreat in Mexico many, many years ago, I purchased a t-shirt with Che's picture hand painted on the front. It doesn't look exactly like Che, but everyone knows who it is because of the beret and the hair.
I was quite surprised when this silhouette appeared on some cars a few months ago. Do you know who it is? He was one of those guys who had George H.W. Bush all worked up in the late eighties. No, it isn't Sadaam Hussien, it's the OTHER guy who pissed ol' George off. Yup, it's ol' Piña, the Pride of the CIA and the School of the Americas, General Manuel Antonio Noriega. He was hoping to come home and sit on the porch of his finca, balancing a grandchild on his knee, but it seems that won't be happening just yet. However, interesting and a bit shocking to see his mug on cars all of the sudden.
I haven't seen this silhouette on cars yet, but I bought if from the same street vendor (they sell these things at intersections, while one is waiting for the light to change, one may purchase cashews, vegetables, CD's, DVD's, and stickers!) from whom I purchased General Noriega's silhouette. Do you know who this is? He is a very important person in Panamanian history. This is General Omar Efraín Torrijos Herrera, the man who brought President Arnulfo Arias' third unfinished term to an end (Arias was elected president three times and never finished a term. He was the kinda guy who just attracted coup d'états). General Torrijos was a dictator, but he was a Benevolent Dictator; many Panamanians look back fondly on his rule. He did something none of the "democratically" elected presidents of Panama ever did: he built paved roads into the Interiór and built public schools throughout the country. He established labour laws which actually favoured the labourers. He also established this thing called el decimo. For every twelve months one works, one gets paid a "thirteenth month;" one receives a month's pay. It is paid in three installments during the year. I was confused the first time I received it, but now i always say, "¡Gracias, Omar!"
Is there any interesting Silhouette Iconography where you live? Tell me about it in the comments.