Yesterday’s Hipster

August 13, 2011

Full circle: Leftists beat up artist who plagiarized someone else’s photo to create “Hope” and “Change” icons for Obamo

That’s right. Lefty thugs in Denmark beat up Shepard Fairey, the man who created those “Hope” and “Change” icons for Barack Obama. And they did so over a “Peace” mural that he painted in Copenhagen. The Charleston, South Carolina, native, who now works out of Los Angeles, got a taste of lefty Danish politics (not to mention a taste of a fist or two) when he made a mural commemorating the demolition of the “Ungdomshuset” — or youth house. The building at Jagtvej 69 was demolished in 2007 amid much controversy. The building had been a base for the lefty community in that city. People were upset when they said tear down this wall. So he painted a dove inside a Spirograph drawing, writes “Peace” and “69″ underneath and collected a nice fee. Except the mural also caught him in a controversy.
From the Guardian: Within a day of completion, the mural was vandalized by protesters, with graffiti sending messages of “no peace” and “go home, Yankee hipster”. Fairey subsequently collaborated with former members of the 69 youth house to redecorate the lower half of the installation. His new version contains images of riot police and explosions, together with a new, more combative slogan: “Nothing forgotten, nothing forgiven.” Fairey explained that the original mural was organized by his Copenhagen gallery, V1, and was never intended as propaganda. “The media reported that it was commissioned by the city, which wasn’t true,” he told the Guardian.

“It looked to the people at 69 like I was cooperating with the authorities, making a propaganda piece to smooth over the wound.” He added that he did not believe his attackers were affiliated to the 69 youth house.

A week ago, Shepard Fairey and Romeo Trinidad ran into two men outside a club in the wee hours of the morning and were punched and kicked. Shepard Fairey said he had a black eye and bruised rib. Shepard Fairey said the men called him “Obama illuminati” and ordered him to “go back to America.” Give peace a chance, eh? OK, the obligatory: Hope. Change. Black eye.  “Obama Illuminati”… I like that says the  Eye.

You can never make every Leftist happy. Before the election of Obama, Shepard was one of my faves. I’m embarrassed to say I have his entire sticker collection… which he sent me in the mail (or shall I say Swindle Magazine did). Politics is a bitch. All the radicals I knew went and became Bonobos.

Even Shepard Fairey’s Losing Hope – Hotline On Call

September 24, 2010

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Artist Shepard Fairey with his portrait of President Obama before it was installed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Jan. 17, 2009. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
The artist whose poster of Barack Obama became a rallying image during the hope-and-change election of 2008 says he understands why so many people have lost faith.
In an exclusive interview with National Journal on Thursday, Shepard Fairey expressed his disappointment with the president — a malaise that seems representative of many Democrats who had great expectations for Obama.

perhaps he could try the word “FAITH”… or would that offend the Religion bashers?