I just had to write about this odd set of circumstances. A relatively unknown poster artist gets overnight acclaim during the presidential campaign. His posters of the now President are seen everywhere. He’s making money. He gets his own and first solo gallery opening. He then gets arrested for tagging while on the way to the Boston exhibit. Oh, by the way, he’s also being accused of by the Associated Press of Copyright infringement. Wow! What an strange turn of events. All I can say is why blow it and just not give credit in the first place? All artists get ideas and use references from many different sources. If you make it your own that’s one thing but if you copy exactly (maybe Photoshop in this case) without giving credit that’s another. I wouldn’t have known the details until I read these stories. When you see the Associate Press picture and Fairey’s Obama poster, you can’t help but see the near exact resemblance of where his poster art derived. I’m all about giving credit where it is due and I have a problem with those who don’t.
On an uplifting note, it’s the weekend. Hope you have a good one and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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