Shepard Fairey is a street artist, graphic designer, and legendary political artist who is most famous for his iconic Obama Hope poster. He is also well known for a piece of Andre the Giant with the text “Obey”. His newest famous piece is an eight-story-tall image of Nelson Mandela.
I painted this beer parody of the Obama Hope poster not to show my affiliation with the Democratic Party, but to poke fun at the fact that, as beer lovers, we are all hoping for a beautiful pint in our future. I am also hoping Shepard Fairey does not send me a “cease and desist” letter like he ironically did to an artist named Baxter Orr who used his image of Andre the Giant to create a poster that said “Protect” with a SARS mask over Andre’s face. Fairey called Orr a parasite. Turns out that Fairey himself had been using others’ art to create his pieces in the first place. This landed him in a load of trouble for using Mannie Garcia’s Associate Press image of Obama to make his Hope poster. He ended up paying $25,000 in fines and had to do 300 hours of community service. It’s a good thing parodies are protected under the fair use freedom of trademark laws in the US, or I might be in the same boat. Raise your pints and hope for a beer, not a lawsuit!