Shepard Fairey’s Obama Time Magazine Cover

Starting today, you’ll be able to pick up Shepard Fairey’s newest Barack Obama illustration on almost  every newsstand in the world.  He has created the image for the cover of Time Magazine’s  “Person of the Year” issue.  Here is what he had to say about his involvement with the project:

“Tomorrow my illustration for Time Magazine’s  “Person of The Year” hits the newsstands. While I’m very honored to be validated by a periodical that is nothing short of an American institution, the moment is bittersweet because I’m very disappointed by Obama’s appointment of Rick Warren to deliver his invocation during Obama’s inaugural address. Rick Warren is against gay marriage and reproductive rights, and he does not believe in evolution (maybe he offers himself as proof of lack of evolution). I understand that Obama is trying to appeal to conservatives and evangelicals, but this move is symbolically a slap in the face to many people. Warren is not a uniter, but a divider… he is intolerant in many of his views. I still think Obama is the best choice for president, but I can’t condone Warren’s involvement in Obama’s inauguration, no matter how insignificant it is. While I’m on the subject of gay marriage, I will be donating a chunk of the proceeds from an inauguration poster of Obama I was asked to create to the movement to overturn Prop 8.  At first I was considering pulling my inauguration poster, but I think re-directing funds from it to put into a cause I care about is actually more constructive. Plus, I wouldn’t want withdrawing the image to come across as a blanket boycott of Obama.  I’m sure I will ultimately disagree with Obama about many things, but I think I will agree with him on more. I think it is important to speak one’s mind, but also to not let the narcissism of petty differences sabotage our unity and progress.”

28 Responses to “Shepard Fairey’s Obama Time Magazine Cover”

  1. Chuck-

    Who are you to talk street cred? Shep has been putting up his work on the street for 20 yrs. All over the world… still does today… and better than anyone else out there… not only did he go big with his ICON, but he did again with his HOPE image… name two other images that match it. try… space invader? good but not close… banksy? dope style but where is the icon? his rat? puhleez… Shepard is as good an iconographer as they come.

    name the other street artists who donated millions to a cause like this. Ron? Ha. Funny.

    why not take pride that we have one of OURS who did good? someone who is using his position to take a position…

    something tells me your a flipper.

  2. Yes i am a flipper and at the alva print signing i told him to keep the prints coming because it was helping me fix up my vintage jeep wagoneer I have two buyers that are too lazy too log on and get prints so i have two accounts set up and i have my wife buy them and sell them by the end of the week I turn say 90 into 250 by the friday not too bad

  3. It’s really mind blowing how ignorant and foolish some comments are. Chuck D give me a break, your comments are so silly and unintelligent time and time again, that it’s mind blowing you have not shut up at this point. “dirt bag moves” “”political and greedy agenda” are you kidding me?
    This is a man that has done more for the movement of graffiti and underground art, then anyone in the last 20 years. All by simply speaking his mind. His “agenda” to me, seems to be a person who made a great living simply by doing what he loves, speaking his mind and continuing to do so. If you don’t like it, then that’s fine, speak your mind but at least do it in an intelligent manner. This is a man with a wife and children,speaking out about gay marriage because he wants to PROMOTE unity. So that makes him a dirt bag with some agenda? You reek of jealously and stupidity. Grow up, read up on the history of those you speak so negatively about and maybe, just maybe you will come to realize, not every successful person, artist or otherwise has some secret agenda. They just got there from hard work, patience, consistency and INTELLIGENCE

  4. So let me get this straight. Your motivation right now is to profit off Obey prints in the secondary market. Yet you have nothing good to say about the artist or products you intend to profit from? In fact you seem pretty adamant about discrediting Shepard’s efforts at every turn.

    What I don’t understand is why you’re so hellbent on sabotaging your own agenda. I can only come up with two possible scenarios.

    1. You’re simply a bald-faced liar who likes to hear himself talk.


    2. You’re just too stupid for your own damn good.

    If I were a betting man (and I am) I’d go with a combination of the two.

  5. I am black, female, lesbian, and immigrant and I do not have an issue with Rick Warren whatsoever. If it were Jeremiah Wright, what would have been the reaction? It’s just prayer…and I don’t think that Obama should go out of his way to find a pastor who is PRO gay marriage. It’s just silly!! I don’t agree with Rick Warren’s views, but then again I’m an Obama supporter and he is also against gay marriage…so what has changed since the election? Nothing!! We shouldn’t demonize each other just because we have different views. Out upbringing, environment, and experiences shape our beliefs.

  6. well said gigi. you go girl! now kids back to my flipping stories. I once flipped a bootleg progress for $700.00 that i got on hollywood and highlands for $25.00 I said it was a test print that is why there was no signature and some idiot bought it.

  7. Thanks for all of your insight, Sutton. Really, I mean that. It’s not often that someone of your caliber goes out of their way to help simple folk like the rest of us. I feel very fortunate to have your commentary in each and every Obey thread. You really make me want to be a better man. Your poise, your style, your candor, your unwavering honesty; god, I envy you. I want to BE you. So much so that I have no other alternative but to capture you, skin you alive, and wear your skin over mine, only then absorbing your qualities.


    Admin, please dust off your ban hammer and add Sutton’s new IP address to the blacklist.

  8. Hey roy ohh boy relax. i am not kevin because i know who he is. if you do some you tube research he is right next to frank and you hear jason yell out “hey kevin.” IT is funny how after kevin dropped the dime about back door prints frank got rid of jason. FLipping is fun and I already flipped the time magazine for $50.00 I love bored rich ucla trust fund babies

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