By now, a virtual sea of ink has been spilled—particularly on this site—discussing nearly every aspect of SHEPARD FAIREY‘s now legendary propaganda poster for BARACK OBAMA‘s 2008 presidential campaign. To date, however, no one—including us or even Shepard himself—could put a finger on the photographer behind the source photo that was the basis for Shepard’s patriotic call-to-arms. Now, writer JAMES DANZIGER of burgeoning online news filter THE DAILY BEAST has correctly pinpointed the photojournalist as one JIM YOUNG, and tracked down the original image, which was later flipped and altered by Fairey to create the “Hope” poster. Read all about it HERE.
Well, it’s finally official. In the words of the freshly minted PRESIDENT OBAMA, it’s time to put aside childish things and get down to the work at hand. Fingers crossed…
As if SHEPARD FAIREY‘s inclusive “Manifest Hope DC” art show honoring still-President Elect BARACK OBAMA‘s epic inauguration tomorrow needed any more heat, his crew of celeb homies showed up in full force to show their support in frigid DC. Rounding out the nite were rockers MOBY and MICHAEL STIPE, alongside actors JOAQUIN PHOENIX (chugging two beers at a time), HEATHER GRAHAM, CASEY AFFLEK, and ROSARIO DAWSON who all attested to the Big O’s greatness before digging on intimate performances by hipster elite SANTOGOLD and OG hip hop legends DE LA SOUL. Of course Supertouch buddy and “Manifest Hope”/Obama Campaign artist TRISTAN EATON was on hand to chronicle the debauchery, the least of which we can show you here. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Looking for the perfect mix for tomorrow nite’s OBAMA INAUGURATION afterparty? Supertouch homie DJ Z-TRIP has made his freshly-minted “Victory Lap: The Obama Mix II” available for free by clicking HERE.
On the eve of the most historical presidential election of modern times, we turn to our dedicated Supertouch correspondents on the frozen ground in DC for a quick pulse check. From bootleg OBAMA T-shirts and burning Bush effigies, to machine gun-toting Marines and everything in-between, DC is the place to be for the ultimate people-watching experience. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Forty-six years after he gave his famous "I Have a Dream Speech" in Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. is set to finally be immortalized with his own colossal sculpture, titled “The Stone of Hope” in the nation's capitol. The three-piece monument depicts the civil rights leader stading, arms crossed, before a large and imposing mountain representing the leader's hard-fought struggle. HAVE A LOOK:Read More
Must-have OBAMA streetwear on the streets of DC…
Shepard Fairey's criminal record has been officially wiped clean... As momentous an occasion in the world of underground art—albeit on a much smaller scale—as BARACK OBAMA's victory on the national stage was the induction of presidential propagandist SHEPARD FAIREY's portrait of our new leader into the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY at the SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM on Saturday. The first official portrait of the president-to-be recognized in an American cultural institution, Shepard's image shatters the barriers of acceptability of the so-called worlds of "underground" and "street" art to catapult one of its foremost talents to the hallowed halls of history, and forever brightening the school field trips of young museum goers in the process. It's a brave new world out there people, art world 2.0 begins now. HAVE A LOOK:Read More
Just in time to celebrate President-Elect BARACK OBAMA's upcoming inauguration on January 20th, the SHEPARD FAIREY-organized MANIFEST HOPE DC art show (in collaboration with MoveOn.org) has opened its doors to the public in the nation's capitol. An extension of the original "Manifest Hope" show last year at the Democratic National Convention, this year's installment enjoys the distinction of celebrating a hard-won change instead of stating the case for it. Featuring original artwork by a diverse array of artists including Shepard Fairey, Tim Biskup, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, David Choe, Maya Hayuk, Andy Howell, Chris Pastras, HAZE, Travis Millard, House Industries, HVW8, Zoltron, JK5, Justin Hampton, Robbie Conal, and Sam Flores, the inclusive show is intended to reflect the grassroots movement that helped propel Obama to unheard of stratospheric heights. HAVE A LOOK:Read More