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Shepard Fairey Discusses Street Art and Social Change


USA Network this week announced the winners of their 'Character Approved Awards' which honor individuals for their creativity and influence on American culture. With the announcement comes this short video of street artist Shepard Fairey discussing his work, which includes, of course, the (now in the Smithsonian) Obama "Hope" image as well as his graphic created for the marriage equality movement (above).

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Riding Obama's coat tail?? Shepard Fairey has been around for a long time and has established himself as a great artist and graphic designer long before this. Only because some of you aren't cultured enough to have noticed his work before, doesn't mean he appeared out of nowhere!

    And calling it a cartoon or a photoshoped image shows how ignorant you are you to the whole process of how Fairey creates his artwork.

    Thanks for posting this Andy

    Posted by: Rio | Jan 31, 2009 9:37:32 PM

  2. Cultered? Bwahahahahahaha. There's a process? Buying spraypaints? Replacing rosie the riveter and the man of steel with obama and slopping some color around it? IT's very complicated. I just don't get it being uncouth and out of the loop, and all that touchy stuff. I'm such a unsophisticated vulgarian.

    Anyway, Fairey seems like a good guy with ethically sound priorities.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 31, 2009 9:47:40 PM

  3. Thanks, Andy, for posting this and other articles about Fairey. This is what makes Towleroad the winning lgbt site it is; not just gay news but a gay sensibility. You're the man, Andy! =)

    Posted by: RonLee | Feb 1, 2009 7:02:48 PM

  4. I was a huge fan of Fairey, I guess I still am to a certain degree. It was just disappointing to see some examples of co-opted art w/o any credit given to the original.

    Posted by: jorge | Feb 3, 2009 3:30:03 AM

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