The creator of President Barack Obama’s “Hope” poster is now a wanted man — and not because he’s a good artist.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Shepard Fairey, who designed the poster that was the symbol of Obama’s 2008 election campaign.
The warrant was issued a week ago for the street artist, who faces up to five years in prison and more than $10,000 in fines on two counts of malicious destruction of property for allegedly “tagging” buildings with graffiti for which he didn’t have permission, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Fairey was brought to Detroit from his home in Los Angeles by businessman Dan Gilbert to paint an 18-story mural on his Bedrock Real Estate Services property, but he told the Free Press last month that he planned to do more.
“I still do stuff on the street without permission. I’ll be doing stuff on the street when I’m in Detroit,” he said.
Since then his famous black-and-white painting of World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Andre the Giant has appeared on several Detroit buildings.
“Just because he is a well-known artist does not take away the fact that he is also a vandal,” Detroit Police Sgt. Rebecca McKay, of the city’s graffiti task force, told the Free Press. “That’s what we consider was done, in these instances, was vandalism.”
Unfortunately, he will not be charged with false advertising for the “Hope” poster.
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