- The colour of the student movement: “maîtres chez nous” by Lee Way (April 21st, 2012)
- These symbols come with baggage by Celine Cooper (April 20th, 2012)
- Lessons from Quebec’s student protests by Kai Nagata (May 1st, 2012)
- La grêve et les minorités by Anthony Morgan (March 28th, 2012) that link that has a photograph of the blackface incident
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the plagiarizing-ass, faux-street, corporate-dummy andre the giant/OBEY/shepard fairey can kick rocks. people who root for these wanna-be street artists usually dont know jack shit about the history of street art and dont bother to find out shit about shepard faireys known plagiarism among graff writers.
rooting for the fuckin millionaire posers who jack all the smaller, lesser known REAL street artists (andre’s dad is a publicity big wig and got him an in at corporations—he faked the funk the whole way and doesnt even do his own art, usually, most of the time he pays others to take the risk, the fuck is that shit?! hes a rich kid who got everything handed to him and gets credit for taking up POC’s art—- street art that gets them killed and jailed, and white boys like him venerated, w people of all colors wearing his hats and clothes that say “OBEY”. yeah thats the last person you should be fucking patronizing w such appeasements to their ego—a poser fucking plagiarist, appropriative upper class spoiled white boy? please DONT obey at all.),
observe all the “street cred” him and banksy get as they get as they go home to sleep in the comfy ‘burbs and lofts after all their exaltation for shit that gets the real innovators of that art form criminalized? banking on other peoples struggles and genius is what they are famous for.
think about how 2 uppity white boys are the faces of street art…an art form started by POC.
what they are cheered on for is simply poverty tourism (coz for their types, visiting poor urban areas is what gives them cred, as if we dont fucking live there all the time), straight out plagiarism of artists of colors revolutionary images in addition to the appropriation of street art (in Obeys case and mind you he bit F.U.K.T.s line entirely too back when he first started. i cant even find links to it but if you dig you will find it) and urban cultural appropriation. shepards retort was he donates to african children and collabs w black people so he can steal as much as he wants from POC (including native american and other *tribal* prints to profit off w his clothing line).
come the fuck on. dudes the epitome of everything thats wrong w corporate-sanctioned art.
people act like hes “genuine” and “credible” and show off his tees like theyre counterculture when youre just rooting for the racist fucking system in the end. :|
reblogging to add links and more details: i’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, talking to graffiti artists in quebec city and thinking about the graffiti and stencils around the student strikes. but back to fairey: just the other day i saw a teenage kid with a hat with ganado print on it and was so dumbstruck to see the logo for OBEY on the back of it. and then i used magical google and realized they are some of the worst offendors when it comes to marketing their shit as “navajo” when it sure ain’t. just in case you need some illustrations for the more recent OBEY fuckery:
OBEY “navajo socks”
OBEY outpost shirt with “custom navajo embroidery” (my fucking ass)
just a few instances where shepard fairey has ripped off other artists/photographers:
great article here at justseeds.org: