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09.07.12 Marina Galperina

Shepard Fairey settled his copyright infringement and Hope merch-related lawsuits with the AP for a hefty, hefty $1.6 million but there was still the matter of Fairey’s lying destroying records and creating fake documents. He pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt, and though the prosecutors insisted on a jail sentence, Shep got off with a $25,000 fine, two years probation and […]

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06.29.12 Bucky Turco

Artists Shepard Fairey, Ron English, RISK, and TrustoCorp are putting up work for the London Pleasure Gardens to help promote the 2012 Olympics, prompting the BBC to manufacture a story and ask whether their craft is “inspirational or offensive.” In addition to the legal stuff they were commissioned to do, the quartet also added some […]

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04.19.12 Marina Galperina

This is a Kickstarter trailer for a 25-minute fictionalized film tribute to Shepard Fairey’s days at RISD. The RISD student/director hopes it will do to “the origin of OBEY” what the “The Social Network” did “to the origin of Facebook.” The drama revolves around a fortune cookie, a “historic assignment that would later establish his legacy,” and the fearless […]

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03.12.12 Marina Galperina

(UPDATE: We spoke to Shepard Fairey, so now this post comes with notes! Ta-da.) When Shepard Fairey reached out to photographer Andrena Douglass to use her portrait of a fellow cancer survivor to use in his work, she consented under licensing terms: credit her photo and let her take a portrait of Fairey with the work in […]

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02.24.12 Marina Galperina

Last year, the Associated Press and Shepard Fairey settled their copyright infringement and Hope merch-related lawsuits. There was a settlement and a promised “collaboration” between Fairey and the AP that sounded like indentured servitude, but there was still the matter of Fairey’s lying about destroying documents and manufacturing evidence. The street artist entered a guilty plea for one count […]

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02.17.12 Marina Galperina

So, you heard that Shepard “Shep” Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf and Robbie Conal will be on the Simpsons on March 4th, right? Right then. […]

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12.15.11 Marina Galperina

Time magazine’s pick of the “The Protestor” for its annual “Person of the Year” is replete with problems, but none are as glaring as the Shepard Fairey created cover art. See, a part of this “Person of the Year” is Occupy Wall Street (leg? fist?). OWS has been resisting figure-head leadership since its conception — […]

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11.30.11 Bucky Turco

The art world version of ‘Magic‘ is set to begin in Miami starting any minute and street artists have been busy preparing, like this person who embellished one of Shepard Fairey’s signature OBEY pieces on Collins Avenue. Is it a statement about his wealth or a critique of his piss-poor attempt at supporting Occupy Wall […]

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11.22.11 Bucky Turco

It seems that some Occupy Wall Streeters agreed with our critique of Shepard Fairey’s hastily slapped together image of support and sternly asked him to make some hefty revisions. And he agreed. He removed the clumsy copy and Obama campaign logo, making it more in line with the movement’s message. Now if he would just […]

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11.18.11 Bucky Turco

Recently, Shepard Fairey explained how he’s down with Occupy Wall Street and their message, but it’s hard to believe he ever bothered to understand what the movement is all about on even the most fundamental level in light of this new illustration he did to show “his support.” Perhaps he should start here and read […]

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