Monday, November 28, 2011

Occupy LA, OccupyFairey

UPDATE 9-5-2012

The headline says it all:

Feds Seek Prison Time For Obama "Hope" Artist

 Shepard Fairey, who is variously known to this blog as "Schlep" & "The Appropriator" for his lifting designs and materials & giving no credit to the original inspirations, is in U.S. District Court in Manhattan for stealing the iconic "Hope" image from an Associated Press cameraman. Fairey has admitted destroying electronic records and creating fake documents in an effort to thwart the copyright lawsuit.

You really should read the article; with Apple suing Samsung over nebulous "design" patent/trademarks, it is simply bullshit, as my friend Vaneeesa would say, that Fairey can get away with this behavior all the time and not be called on it because he is some "art set darling;" at least he'd like to think so.

In Mr Copy Machine's defense he offers heart-wrenching boohoos and "think of the children" excuses; the ghost of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne is invoked to express his deep shame at having to wear a hypothetical Scarlet Letter, at which I chortle "bullshit" enthusiastically because this is certainly not "the worst mistake of his life" but his entire oeuvre.

Really, read the article for some hilarious laughitude and the stunningly-artistic mug shot which just screams "make me your jail wife, please!" 

You may read on for a technical explanation of why Mr Fairey deserves hard time. Really hard time \o/

My favorite tweet exchange of today, watching #OccupyLA livestream and Twitter:

... and in case you didn't get that url:

Vandalized Vandalism: A Healthy Cultural Conversation

Obey Plagiarist Shepard Fairey
A critique by artist Mark Vallen

Milton Glaser on Shepard Fairey


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