Shepard Fairey vandalism rap
Detroit off icials have issued an arrest warrant for the L. A. artist, citing malicious destruction.
Detroit police said an arrest warrant has been issued for Shepard Fairey, the Los Angeles street artist famous for his “Hope” poster of Barack Obama, now accused of malicious destruction of property.
Police accuse Fairey of felony vandalism and the destruction of property, including putting up posters on private and government property. The artist faces a jail sentence of up to five years and fines of several thousand dollars.
Fairey reportedly was in Detroit this year to work on a large mural. A spokesman for Fairey said Thursday the artist was unavailable for comment.
“I would hope he would do the responsible thing and get with his attorney and turn himself in,” Detroit Police Sgt. Rebecca McKay of the city’s graffiti task force said. “The city of Detroit is battling illegal graffiti and vandalism, and we can’t just turn a blind eye to these illegal acts because it was a well- known artist who did it.”
Many street artists have police records relating to vandalism and the destruction of property, and some even take pride in them. Fairey was arrested in Boston in 2009 in connection with illegal tagging around the time of his exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston.