Navigate / search

Whirlwind Week for Shepard Fairey

Fairey


Photo: AP (I don't wanna get sued...)

Let's just say this...Shepard Fairey's trip to Boston probably didn't go as expected.  First there was the accusations of plagiarism, then the AP filing a copyright infringement lawsuit for his "Hope" poster depicting Barack Obama...and now he's been arrested on graffiti charges. I'd say that's one heck of a week for the Obey Giant creator.

I'm sure mostly everyone has an opinion on this recent PR campaign from the "controversial" street artist. So I'd love to hear from you all...what do you think? Was this graffiti arrest a way to say "Hey! I'm not mainstream!"

Comments

George
Reply

It's hard to keep a street cred as you get more and more famous. He keeps putting out videos showing himself putting up graffiti. Well graffiti is illegal, but the only way to prosecute is to be caught in the act. I'm sure he'll be fine as long as it's not on the videos he keeps putting out. How can a court say it was him that put something up. Anyone can get all of the posters online and put them up, you can't blame him for all of them, only what he shows himself putting up!

As for the AP photo, he should have been giving credit to the photographer all along, just out of kindness, not necessity. I don't think he should be required to say what his source is, but it's just a nice thanks to the guy who's photo you used. Whatever it is he made art from it he didn't use the actual image. It's now his own creation in my opinion.

Then on the other hand, if someone takes his logo and changes it and he threatens to sue them, then he's just being a d@ck! see here: http://tinyurl.com/cbx9h3

George
Reply

It's hard to keep a street cred as you get more and more famous. He keeps putting out videos showing himself putting up graffiti. Well graffiti is illegal, but the only way to prosecute is to be caught in the act. I'm sure he'll be fine as long as it's not on the videos he keeps putting out. How can a court say it was him that put something up. Anyone can get all of the posters online and put them up, you can't blame him for all of them, only what he shows himself putting up!

As for the AP photo, he should have been giving credit to the photographer all along, just out of kindness, not necessity. I don't think he should be required to say what his source is, but it's just a nice thanks to the guy who's photo you used. Whatever it is he made art from it he didn't use the actual image. It's now his own creation in my opinion.

Then on the other hand, if someone takes his logo and changes it and he threatens to sue them, then he's just being a d@ck! see here: http://tinyurl.com/cbx9h3

Elijah
Reply

They Are Sueing Because His Work is getting a lots of plug on the news and from Barack Obmam Period… Its Great Work he did…Weather The Photo is his out now he use the image and did some work with Adobe Photoshop and it blow up in the HeadLines… It would not be a problem if it was not selling

Elijah
Reply

They Are Sueing Because His Work is getting a lots of plug on the news and from Barack Obmam Period… Its Great Work he did…Weather The Photo is his out now he use the image and did some work with Adobe Photoshop and it blow up in the HeadLines… It would not be a problem if it was not selling

jonathan
Reply

Yeah and… if you haven't already seen the rest of his work he takes other peoples images and creates something new out of them for all his work. Nothing new then

He gets arrested all the time for wheat pasteing his work up all the time and is always held for a night and not much more can be done normally, because at the end of the day its a poster that has loads of glue on it but it can be taken down. Or he has to pay a fine but with the money that he gets its a small fee to get his name out there

jonathan
Reply

Yeah and… if you haven't already seen the rest of his work he takes other peoples images and creates something new out of them for all his work. Nothing new then

He gets arrested all the time for wheat pasteing his work up all the time and is always held for a night and not much more can be done normally, because at the end of the day its a poster that has loads of glue on it but it can be taken down. Or he has to pay a fine but with the money that he gets its a small fee to get his name out there

jonathan
Reply

just to add something extra, now days artists are biting other artists work all the time. Emily strange is a good example, people steal that all the time but at the end of the day the artist who made emily strange actually got their idea from a similar piece of work but its just that he expanded the idea n then sold it on to forbidden planet.

jonathan
Reply

just to add something extra, now days artists are biting other artists work all the time. Emily strange is a good example, people steal that all the time but at the end of the day the artist who made emily strange actually got their idea from a similar piece of work but its just that he expanded the idea n then sold it on to forbidden planet.

Scott
Reply

I think George hit the nail on the head.
If you use someone else's art, you should at the very least ask permission, no?

Scott
Reply

I think George hit the nail on the head.
If you use someone else's art, you should at the very least ask permission, no?

Leave a Reply