Shepard Fairey has put his art behind Barrack Obama in tomorrow's Super Tuesday Primary here in the US. Obviously not being eligible to vote I am fairly unbiased on the whole issue and having watched and read the glut of information in the US media on the subject I truly can't see a better candidate for the job than Senator Obama. Whether or not he is the best person to be running the US is another question, personally I'd like to have seen John Edwards still in the running as his policies were more in line with my views on society and especially on the issue of poverty. Anyway, Shepard had this to say about the artwork:
”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: barackobama.com. Proceeds from this print go to produce prints for a larger statewide poster campaign.”
I'm all for artists taking influence from the society in which they live for use in their artwork, and Shepard has never shirked when it comes to letting people know exactly what he thinks and believes in and more power to him for being brazen enough to do so.
These posters were a limited run of 350 copies and as you might have guessed they are all sold out. Check eBay for them going for major coin in the months to come, especially if Obama wins.
...and this is as good a track as any for the Obama campaign.
Otis Redding - Change Is Gonna Come