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Thanks To The Work Of Plagiarist, Shepard Fairey For Today…

Posted in "Art", "Politics" with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by lvigilante

for that plagiarized image of Obama has contributed to influencing “young America” to register and vote for the change to come…

Back in 2007, I started noticing a certain set of bold and bright iconic images everywhere, fromĀ  stickers and posters on the walls, to the shirts that young “skaters” rocked and bought at the malls. I later learned that these images, stamped with the word, “Obey,” all came from one guy: Shepard Fairey. Since then, the artist has made quite a name for himself. From his Andre the Giant campaign on the streets, to his most recent “Obama Hope” poster…

However, I can’t exactly respect the “artist,” seeing as that he is more like a plagiarist. I only hope that Mark Vallen’s article finds a way to catch on just like Fairey’s works. Thay way, people aren’t blindly giving him credit for his “works of art.”

The majority of the pics below highlighting the original work and Fairey’s plagiarized version were all provided by Vallen and the rest of the folks at “Art for a Change.” And the most recent, from Reuteurs. Note the original image and then Fairey’s version.

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Kanye West “Samples” Ralph Bakshi

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2008 by lvigilante

Kanye West is not an artist. Whatever style he presents, whatever “new sound” he introduces, they’re simply not original. Even worse, it’s not personal. Just as mainstream’s streetwear king/ self-dubbed music genius previously sampled the hell out of a bunch of songs for Graduation– a sample-heavy album featuring 10 of 13 songs not being completely his own work, Yeezy’s newest video samples one of the works of my favorite filmmakers/ artists, Ralph Bakshi. See for yourself, the similarities between Kanye’s video for “Heartless,” and scenes from American Pop.

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In the words of Mark Vallen on street artist/ Obey Plagiarist, Shepard Fairey, “it displays none of the line, modeling and other idiosyncrasies that reveal an artist’s unique personal style.”