Back in the mid 80’s there was a skateboard subculture growing fueled by punk rock, grimy skate magazines, and the youth who participated in it.
Shepard Fairey was among them. For some it was a passing phase that lasted a year or two, for Shepard it became culture.
He has moved from the early underground world of skateboarding and punk rock into the lowbrow counter culture world of propaganda street art and beyond.
In his mid 30’s Shepard Fairey is still holding true to his core punk rock values while applying it to his own street art campains, gallery shows and various other international art causes around the world.
With dark undertones of pop culture irony, and underlining hints of hope and prosperity. You can not deny the timelessness of his work and the message behind it.
Do you remember Barack Obama’s poster with the word HOPE drawn in big? During the last presidential election, artist Shepard Fairey’s poster of Barack Obama—a graphic, vaguely Russian-propagandist-looking portrait of the then candidate with the word HOPE drawn in big, bold letters underneath – achieved the rare feat of becoming a visual emblem of a moment in American history. Obama, of course, won the election.
Shepard Fairey is more than just an artist, he is also an activist and something tells us he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.