In one corner: Shepard Fairey, an artist who has built his empire on appropriated art but files cease and desist letters to artists who co-opt his work even for parody purposes. In the other corner: The Associated Press, the worldâ€™s biggest news service sometimes less accurate than MTV that claims â€œfair useâ€ only applies to them, not others. These two challengers will vie to win a new competition organized by Evan Roth, the Graffiti Research Lab co-founder and Hova textualizer, who writes:
Who is the bigger intellectual property asshole? â€¦ I have created hand painted canvases of Shepard Fairy’s Obama Hope poster, and Mannie Garcia’s Associated Press photograph and put them for sale on my website here and here.
The first person to send me a cease and desist notice wins!
Place your bets, folks. The two artworks are included below.