ART // POLITICS // SHEPARD FAIREY THROWS DOWN FOR OBAMA

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Street art superstar Shepard Fairey continued his politikin’ pilgrimage by going big for Barack Obama when he unveiled a billboard yesterday on the Obama campaign headquarters in Los Angeles. Previous to this recent display, on Jan. 25th, Shep stated on his website, “I believe with great conviction that Barack Obama should be the next President. I have been paying close attention to him since the Democratic convention in 2004. I feel that he is more a statesman than a politician.” He paired this declaration with the release of campaign posters designed by the artist himself adorned with the words “Hope” and “Progress”. Shortly after the release of the posters, Fairey combined forces with The 008 and Upper Playground to create t-shirts mirroring the campaign posters. A statement on Upper Playground’s website said “We at Upper Playground are pleased to announce our support of Barack Obama in 2008. For too long we have been plagued by mediocrity and incompetence at the Executive level. As an international company, we feel that it is time to support a candidate that truly embodies the American spirit in both his campaign and his ideologies. We believe that Barack Obama is that candidate.” On Feb. 25th, 1,000 t-shirts and over 10,000 posters were sent to Obama supporters in Ohio and Texas to promote Obama’s candidacy in their upcoming primaries. Shepard Fairey and Upper Playground are releasing the same t-shirts at the Upper Playground stores and through www.UpperPlayground.com. All proceeds from the sales of the collaborative Obama shirt will go to creating more campaign t-shirts, posters and stickers by Shep along with other artists in support of Obama’s run for President. The t-shirts will be ready for purchase on February 27th. To see what the campaign posters looks like, click that link right HERE:

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5 Responses to “ART // POLITICS // SHEPARD FAIREY THROWS DOWN FOR OBAMA”

  1. Lacie Says:

    I got my shirt in the mail today!

  2. ART&POLITICS // SHEPARD FAIREY ARRESTED AT DNC « Deviant Decorum Says:

    […] Supposidly Shep and his crew doned in all black were arrested for putting up the now famous Hope Posters and held for 15 hours under the supspition of being anarchists.  With a $100 fine to add to the […]

  3. ART&POLITICS // SHEPARD FAIREY ARRESTED AT DNC + MAFIFEST HOPE GALLERY PICTURES « Deviant Decorum Says:

    […] Supposidly Shep and his crew doned in all black were arrested for putting up the now famous Hope Posters and held for 15 hours under the supspition of being anarchists.  With a $100 fine to add to the […]

  4. Jim Says:

    Okay, I went to upperplayground.com and did searches for “Obama”, “Obama t-shirts” and “HOPE”. The Shepard Fairey t-shirt is not listed on the site. Are they no longer available?

  5. endo Says:

    They are no longer available on upper playground. I did see them at urban outfitters.

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