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Shepard Fairey for Obama


“Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can't invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.” - David Herbert Lawrence

Shepard Fairey for Obama


Shepard Fairey is well known for his prolific stickering and flyposting of his propaganda-style images. While we at CR are well aware of his ability to stick his images just about anywhere in any city, we’re still surprised to see his the hot-off-the-press posters he’s created in support of Senator Barack Obama…

We wondered whether Fairey had produced these posters off his own bat or whether he’s on Obama’s campaign payroll. So, we got in touch with his agent who tells us that Fairey created the posters without any fiscal incentive from the Obama camp, “100% on his own.”

Here’s what Fairey says about the work 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 was against the war when it was an unpopular position (and Hillary was for the war at that time), Obama is for energy and environmental conservation. He is for healthcare reform. Check him out for yourself: Proceeds from this print go to produce prints for a larger statewide poster campaign.”

Mmm… sounds to us like Obama’s campaign manager himself couldn’t have written that statement any better (we like the inclusion of Hilary Clinton’s pro-war position). BUT, hey, the guy’s got political convictions and we certainly can’t knock that. Lucky Obama – this is a great addition to his campaign, commissioned or not. The posters look great and we also love the call-to-action VOTE! poster he posted up on his site last week:



Born in Africa, raised in North Carolina, and of Indian decent, I am a cultural smorgasbord. For the last 7 years, I have worked in San Francisco at agencies that focus on user centered design such as Hot Studio, Creative B'stro and Noise 13 and have had the privilege of working with clients such as eBay, NEC, Johson & Johnson, Symantec, Roku, Zone Alarm, SOMA Magazine and Mezzanine.

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