Political sign parody turning heads in the Valley, supporting a good cause

Jul 29, 2022, 4:35 AM | Updated: 2:54 pm

(Facebook Photo/Tyler Watson)...

(Facebook Photo/Tyler Watson)

(Facebook Photo/Tyler Watson)

PHOENIX — A joke that parodies the inundation of political signs on street corners during the election season is providing much more than a laugh.

Signs are beginning to pop up around the Valley that say “Tyler Watson is crossing his arms” with a picture of the 25-year-old crossing his arms.

“The real reason I did it was just to make my friends laugh,” Watson told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad Show on Thursday.

“I figured this is my hometown so someone is bound to run into it and I figured that’d be funny if I didn’t tell anyone about it and some people just came across it.”

The first person to come across it was his father’s friend, but they wouldn’t be the last.

A picture of the sign eventually made its way onto a Facebook group page for the city of Chandler, and people were so enthused by the joke that they wanted a sign for their own yard.

“My initial thought was if people are going to put my fake sign in their yard, that’s hilarious and I’m definitely going to do it,” Watson said.

“I was going to just charge people what it cost to make it, I wasn’t going to profit on anything or anything like that, but then I figured if people are going to buy it, I might as well raise money for charity. So that’s what I ultimately ended up doing.”

Watson said money raised by those who purchase his “political” signs go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

He estimates around $1,000 has been raised so far.

“It’s been awesome,” Watson said of the attention the signs have received. “I’ve been trying to take advantage as much as I can of it just to raise money for St. Jude.”

A pitcher in the Oakland Athletics minor league system, Watson now spends his days on the mound and evenings driving around delivering signs for charity.

Those who wish to purchase their own sign can visit Watson’s website.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

side by side photos of two businesses that received funding from Valley Metro...

Program provides $1M for Valley businesses impacted by light rail projects

At least $1 million in funding has been given to Valley businesses impacted by construction on light rail projects.

3 hours ago

(ABC15 Arizona File Footage)...

Nicole Grigg/ABC15 Arizona

After 25 years, Cookie Jacobson’s body has still never been found

Cookie Jacobson disappeared from her Tempe home 25 years ago. Her brother is making a plea to the public for possibly the last time for information.

7 hours ago

(ADOT Photo)...

Danny Shapiro

1st year down of massive Interstate 17 improvement project north of metro Phoenix

The first year of construction on a massive Interstate 17 improvement project north of metro Phoenix has been completed.

9 hours ago

Mugshot of Omar Rivas, who was arrested on multiple felony counts, including first-degree murder, o...

Woman dead, man in jail after gunfire erupts during Phoenix home invasion

A woman is dead and a man is in jail after gunfire broke out during an apparent home invasion attempt in south Phoenix early Monday, authorities said.

12 hours ago

man walking along border fence to pick up trash...

With Biden making his way to Arizona, border officials plea for impactful change

As Biden prepares to make his second trip during his presidency to Arizona, border officials are emphasizing the need for change.

13 hours ago

Follow @TaDunham...

Sponsored Content by Schwartz Laser Eye Center

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.

Sponsored Articles

Home moving relocation in Arizona 2023...

BMS Moving

Tips for making your move in Arizona easier

If you're moving to a new home in Arizona, use this to-do list to alleviate some stress and ensure a smoother transition to your new home.


Ignite Digital

How to unlock the power of digital marketing for Phoenix businesses

All businesses around the Valley hopes to maximize their ROI with current customers and secure a greater market share in the digital sphere.



At Ability360, every day is Independence Day

With 100 different programs and services, more than 1,500 non-medically based home care staff, a world-renowned Sports & Fitness Center and over 15,000 people with disabilities served annually, across all ages and demographics, Ability360 is a nationwide leader in the disability community.

Political sign parody turning heads in the Valley, supporting a good cause