Shepard Fairey Changes Unpopular ‘Occupy Hope’ Poster Under Pressure

This is an interesting story on many levels.  Shepard Fairey is the young man who did the iconic HOPE poster of Barack Obama, back in 2008…

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n 2008, Shepard Fairey created a political poster that became iconic, and undoubtedly help get Barack Obama elected president. Now, Fairey has tweaked the “Hope” image — “the bright colors, bold lettering, geometric simplicity, heroic poses,” as The Post’s William Booth wrote of  Obama’s poster 2008 — for today’s milieu. The new poster replaces Obama (or perhaps simply covers his face?) with the Occupy Wall Street and Anonymous image of the Guy Fawkes mask.

Poster before OWS said no way...

Shepard Fairey, a contemporary artist, graphic designer and illustrator in his studio office with a poster print. (Jonathan Alcorn/The Washington Post)

It is, Fairey writes, both a statement of support for the Occupy movement — and a sign of support for Obama.

“As flawed as the system is, I see Obama as a potential ally of the Occupy movement if the energy of the movement is perceived as constructive, not destructive. I still see Obama as the closest thing to “a man on the inside” that we have presently,” he posted to his Web site Friday.

The Occupy movement and the Democratic Party have had an uneasy relationship since the start of the two-month-old protests.

“Many Occupy protesters have been openly contemptuous of Democrats, including President Barack Obama, arguing that both political parties are equally beholden to corporate interests and responsible for enacting policies that have hurt the middle class,” the Associated Press writes.

Final product...

The trend has prompted political analysts to wonder whether Obama can win reelection without the fierce support he engendered in 2008.

But Fairey, a longtime supporter of the Occupy protests and Obama, seems to be warning his fans not to give up on Obama just yet: “Change is not about one election, one rally, one leader, it is about a constant dedication to progress and a constant push in the right direction. Let’s be the people doing the right thing as outsiders and

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