I’ve never been very interested in graffiti art. Sure, I respect the whole idea, and I’m happy for those who do it… but I just have a different style. Then Banksy came along and changed everything. Have you watched the documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop If you haven’t you really should. If you have, you know what I”m talking about. It’s just brilliant, what these artists do- and what might be the most brilliant thing is that it’s completely illegal.
He’s pretty incredible.
The more I researched, I realized that Shepard Fairey might be (in my humble opinion) one of the most interesting modern-day artists. His graphic design work is simple, yet complex. The pallet only contains 3-4 different colors, commonly black, red, and cream. From here, he has created a myriad of prints, some political, some fun, some more portraits. I’ve decided that I want to start a Shepard Fairey collection. Don’t try to stop me. My favorite print is the 2nd Amendment one- I have a thing for guns lately. My desktop background is a Warhol painting of a gun. Shrug.
When I was in Best Buy yesterday, I noticed in their vinyl section (they sell vinyl now!) that he designed a Led Zeppelin fancy-shmancy collector’s edition or something. It looked awesome, but the artwork couldn’t exactly be framed.
I should probably cut this short before I pee my pants with excitement (I get worked up), but I also have to mention his exclusive prints for special editions of 1984 and Animal Farm. Are you freaking kidding, Shepard Fairey? Those are two of my favorite books!
See what I mean, people? This guy is something else.
Thanks for reading.