Princess Leia, Wonder Woman and . . . Jacinda Ardern
Not so long ago in a city, far, far away, Sam Sharpe held a sign different from all others.
That sign – a stencil picture of Jacinda Ardern as Princess Leia – was spotted among the hundreds of supporters who gathered to hear the Labour leader speak in Dunedin on Friday.
Ardern called out Sharpe's name, thanked him for his artwork, and later posed for a photo with the artist.
Ardern, who was shown the Princess Leia 'A New Hope picture' before her Dunedin visit, said the work was "pretty flattering".
"I can't say I expected those kind of comparisons. It was lovely to see the artist himself show up at the rally so I could thank him."
It wasn't the first time she had come across Sharpe's work, with Ardern owning a stencil piece of Michael Joseph Savage.
"When she does her interviews it is always there behind her," Sharpe said.
Sales of the Ardern prints had "gone bananas" and he was fielding sales request from all over the country.
The Princess Leia piece was easily his most popular artwork.
Ardern also had the Wonder Woman piece and Sharpe planned to send her his homage to the famous "We Can Do It" WWII poste.
More Ardern-inspired pieces could be in the pipeline, he said, although a recent stencil of her and her bearded bodyguard as the pair from the American Gothic painting didn't quite turn out as expected.
"I thought I can't do this to Jacinda . . . it looks ridiculous."