As the legend goes while at RISD, Shepard Fairey was teaching a friend how to make a stencil for a bombing session. He was using a picture of André the Giant and thought that it looked way too good to be a one-time stencil. So, he ran with it adding the words “OBEY” and started stenciling it all over the east coast.
It took several years but Fairey’s first big break was the film “André Has A Posse”. After its debut on the silver screen his career quickly snowballed into a more legitimate and profitable business. Making silkscreen duotone cd covers and company ads.
Fairey had his first art show called “E Pluribus Venom” in the year 2007, with a lot of positive feedback. Most recently he has been in the news quite a bit since he was called out for using a photo that he did not have the rights to for his Obama “Hope” propaganda.