Colbert Fairey Nation

 
 

Shepard Fairey’s latest poster celebrates Stephen Colbert’s most recent attempt to rule the world. The poster,  which Mr. Colbert has made available on his website, is titled “Vancouver 2010: Defeat the World,” and depicts the faux conservative news commentator
wearing laurels and wielding an Olympic torch while riding a giant bald
eagle (rendered in Fairey’s heroic style). Contrary to the brouhaha over the Obama poster, however, Fairey received permission to use this image of Colbert.  Phew! (We’re still checking on the eagle.)

 
On his website, Colbert exhorts people to “help spread the word
about his historic visit to Canada,” download the Fairey poster, and “post it all over Vancouver!”
 
See Colbert’s interview with the School of Visual Arts’ David Ross about the devolution of Olympics posters here

 

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3 thoughts on “Colbert Fairey Nation

  1. jefffoster

    Something odd about this poster.
    I know Fairey lacks traditional illustration skills. But this is not
    a very good poster. It’s alright; but, for any illustrator or designer to be asked to do a poster for the monster cult status of Steven Colbert, this is lame.
    Maybe it was done over night?
    There’s a wonderful acceptance of naivety in todays illustration and design world, but this poster just doesn’t come close.
    I like Fairy’s work and would even be proud to have this in my collection. Mostly because I think Mr.Colbet rocks !
    All artist have good days and bad days. This just happens to be the latter.
    Mr. Fairey, keep up the great work.

  2. jefffoster

    Something odd about this poster.
    I know Fairey lacks traditional illustration skills. But this is not
    a very good poster. It’s alright; but, for any illustrator or designer to be asked to do a poster for the monster cult status of Steven Colbert, this is lame.
    Maybe it was done over night?
    There’s a wonderful acceptance of naivety in todays illustration and design world, but this poster just doesn’t come close.
    I like Fairy’s work and would even be proud to have this in my collection. Mostly because I think Mr.Colbet rocks !
    All artist have good days and bad days. This just happens to be the latter.
    Mr. Fairey, keep up the great work.

  3. jefffoster

    Something odd about this poster.
    I know Fairey lacks traditional illustration skills. But this is not
    a very good poster. It’s alright; but, for any illustrator or designer to be asked to do a poster for the monster cult status of Steven Colbert, this is lame.
    Maybe it was done over night?
    There’s a wonderful acceptance of naivety in todays illustration and design world, but this poster just doesn’t come close.
    I like Fairy’s work and would even be proud to have this in my collection. Mostly because I think Mr.Colbet rocks !
    All artist have good days and bad days. This just happens to be the latter.
    Mr. Fairey, keep up the great work.

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