Point blank: this guy is a terrible artist. As a man of the streets, you'd think I'd be riding for him, but he was so arrogant about his bullshit paintings ("I am an artiste!") that I started hating him on GP. Fairey has been a one-trick pony for years but has somehow skated by without people pulling his card. I don't care how many times he's been in Juxtapose, the propaganda portraits got tired the thousandth time I saw them. I mean, Fairey's whole style has been reduced to a computer program. Dude sucks shit.
October 16, 2009
Just to quickly recap, Shepard Fairey took an Associated Press photo of Obama and used it to make the now-iconic "Hope" image which has been used on campaign posters and a zillion products. The AP wrote Fairey a letter saying he infringed its copyright. Emboldened by a bunch of hippie lawyers who took the case for free to get some publicity, Fairey sued the AP to get the court to say he didn't infringe. Today, Fairey admitted that he lied to his lawyers and the court about which AP photo he used, and that he intentionally destroyed key evidence in the case. Now his lawyers are quitting. Whoops.