Thursday, April 8, 2010
At the same notch of the other street artists such as Banksy, Shawn Stussy and many others that have reached popularity worldwide, Shepard Fairey (widely known for his ‘Obey Giant’ street posters), has gained respect from street art lovers equally the same as his peers aforementioned. He also has the reputation as a heroic guerrilla street artist waging a one man campaign against the corporate powers-that-be. Contrary of the status, this article actually has given us something that would make us think awhile about the purity and originality of Shepard Fairey works. Instead of an ‘artist’, a ‘plagiarist’ is indeed a harsh word to be generalized into.
Yes, the article by Mark Vallen is pretty old, but it's still a good read.