shepard fairey sentenced to two years' probation shepard fairey sentenced to two years' probation
jul 13, 2009

shepard fairey sentenced to two years' probation

‘hope’ poster for barack obama

shepard fairey was sentenced to two years’ probation on friday in the boston municipal court for charges emerging from images he posted on public and private property over the years. most recently fairey has been known for the ‘hope’ poster he designed during the barack obama campaign which became an emblem for the 2008 presidential elections. the well-known illustrator and graphic designer has pleaded guilty to three charges of vandalism, including defacing property and wanton destruction of property under 250 USD. he had 11 other chargers which have been dropped. he has been fined 2,000 USD for graffiti removal.

fairey was arrested in boston this past february while arriving at the institute of contemporary art during the opening night of his retrospective show.

‘defiant youth collaboration with martha cooper’, 2009 image courtesy of obey

‘viva la revolucion’, 2009 image courtesy of obey

via the new york times

  • madness!!!

    www.micro-architects.com says:
  • he should be forced to do community service- whitewash the walls and scrape the “street art” off the walls of the city, rather than just pay the pittance “fine”

    ramon says:
  • unbelievable that the courts are trying to deprive us of Fairey’s fiery street art

    monica says:
  • I love the diversity of the first two responses. I guess that’s why he got the probation.

    Mushi says:
  • Wow! They arrested him on the night of his retrospective show opening! This will go down in the history books. No big deal for him, really. But his legendary status has just been elevated even further.

    Brett Bolander www.PAVER.us says:
  • OMG, such stupid thing can only happen to the stupid american, they would never do that to Banksy in the U.K.

    faustina Lin says:
  • Fairey is a hack.
    What an over glorified rip off artist!
    Boycott the snot!

    logical persuasion says:
  • Faustina: Of course that would never happen to Banksy, you guys need a rebel to identify with and he fits the bill perfectly. Don’t worry he wont be touched ever because just as your Queen, you need royalty. ; )

    carles says:
  • overglorified, maybe, but not a hack, I believe!
    the whole thing is really ridiculous…let the man be.

    Lucy says:
  • his own fault for getting caught. but i dare say he’s not that bothered…

    ... says:
  • Ask Obama to release him.

    Felipe says:
  • Why making graffiti art will be charged? It’s part of the art form. If you don’t want graffiti artist to so call ‘vandalised’ the wall, then i guess the government should put the super HUGE sign written “NO GRAFFITI ART ALLOWED”.
    Alternatively, write an article, tell the whole world that “ARTISTS are NOT allowed to make ART!” “Kill” all the artists if you may wish to. And the world we are living will be controlled by the government (as what they wished). Why not turn us to become a robot instead? Easier to control isnt it? 🙂

    S.Lex says:
  • Good. Fairey’s work is propaganda. Hope…Progress what kind of bs is that. How about Freedom, Love and Global Abundance for all not just the few. F* that. Obama works for banks. Period. Fairey is a naive idealist blindly supporting a theocracy, in this case Obama is the new deity. I say throw Fairey in prison before he actually influences someone.

    HOIST says:
  • Dude’s a dick.

    Big Pete says:

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