Shepard Fairey Has a Message for Obama with New Artwork

Shepard Fairey has tweaked his iconic ‘Hope’ poster for the Occupy Wall Street movement, replacing Obama’s face with that of Guy Fawkes mask. While it serves to show support for the movement, he also has a message for the President.

The words across the bottom of the poster read “Mister President, we hope you’re on our side.” 

On his web site, he expanded upon the message, writing “As flawed as the system is, I see Obama as a potential ally of the Occupy movement if the energy of the movement is perceived as constructive, not destructive. I still see Obama as the closest thing to “a man on the inside” that we have presently.”

A copyright lawsuit was filed against Fairey for using an AP photographer’s Obama photo for the HOPE poster, so he may run into some issues which are sure to get people protesting even more. "I’m still trying to work out copyright issues I may face with this image," he says, “but feel free to share it and stay tuned."

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