There was an illuminating
article this past weekend in the Los Angeles Times about the
role street art is playing in the 2008 U.S. presidential race. One obvious example is the wheatpaste posters, stickers and paintings of Obama by street art pioneer Shepard Fairey (of Obey / Giant Has a Posse and Swindle Magazine fame). Fairey’s images of Obama with the word “Hope” have been appearing all over the world since the primaries campaign season earlier this year. Barack Obama personally contacted Fairey and thanked him for the street art work in support of the candidate, and Fairey is now involved in a project with the Obama “08 campaign and MoveOn.org. The L.A. Times article further connects the dots between several other artists and street art (or “graffiti art”) and politics this year, also pointing out how examples of grassroots street art has been in favor of Obama and not his opponent John McCain.