The work of Shepard Fairey has always interested me. I liketo think of myself as a true fan. One that was down before the hope hype elevated him to ‘rock star’ status.
For those of you who do not know, Mr. Fairey was arrested by the Boston Police on the way into his first museum show at the Institute of Contemporary Art. This seems to be a political stunt performed by the BPD to assert their power over the local street art community.
This image opens a discuss about street art that interests me. There is a significant number of layers and details in this piece and the craftsmanship leads me to conclude that this was one of the multiple legal locations donated to him for his debut at the ICA. Should we really consider this street art? By literal definition this is art and it is on a street, but to me it comes close to that fine line. My opinion is bias though, because I grew up with graffiti in my blood. I wish I could of caught this before someone decided to stencil ‘society’ over this. I have been photographing Mr. Fairey’s work for years now, and he seems to always get scribbled on.
** I was driving by this again the other day and I can confirm that Mr. Fairey seems to have a lot of haters in the street art world. I wonder if they really enjoy his work, but think that this will make them famous?