Full circle: Leftists beat up artist who plagiarized someone else's photo to create “Hope” and “Change” icons for Obamo
That’s right. Lefty thugs in Denmark beat up Shepard
Fairey, the man who created those “Hope” and “Change” icons for Barack
Obama. And they did so over a “Peace” mural that he painted in Copenhagen.
The Charleston, South Carolina, native, who now works out of Los
Angeles, got a taste of lefty Danish politics (not to mention a taste
of a fist or two) when he made a mural commemorating the demolition of
the “Ungdomshuset” — or youth house. The building at Jagtvej 69 was
demolished in 2007 amid much controversy. The building had been a base
for the lefty community in that city. People were upset when they said
tear down this wall. So he painted a dove inside a Spirograph drawing, writes “Peace” and “69″ underneath and collected a nice fee. Except the mural also caught him in a controversy.
From the Guardian: Within a day of completion, the mural was vandalized by
protesters, with graffiti sending messages of “no peace” and “go home,
Yankee hipster”. Fairey subsequently collaborated with former members
of the 69 youth house to redecorate the lower half of the installation.
His new version contains images of riot police and explosions,
together with a new, more combative slogan: “Nothing forgotten, nothing
Fairey explained that the original mural was organized by his
Copenhagen gallery, V1, and was never intended as propaganda. “The
media reported that it was commissioned by the city, which wasn’t
true,” he told the Guardian.
“It looked to the people at 69 like I was cooperating with the
authorities, making a propaganda piece to smooth over the wound.” He
added that he did not believe his attackers were affiliated to the 69
A week ago, Shepard Fairey and Romeo
Trinidad ran into two men outside a club in the wee hours of the morning
and were punched and kicked. Shepard Fairey said he had a black eye
and bruised rib. Shepard Fairey said the men called him “Obama
illuminati” and ordered him to “go back to America.”
Give peace a chance, eh? OK, the obligatory: Hope. Change. Black eye. “Obama Illuminati”... I like that says the Eye.
You can never make every Leftist happy. Before the election of
Obama, Shepard was one of my faves. I'm embarrassed to say I have his
entire sticker collection... which he sent me in the mail (or shall I
say Swindle Magazine did). Politics is a bitch. All the
radicals I knew went and became Bonobos.