One of the things I love most about Shepard Fairey is that he understands the Power of Print. I met him several years ago at a trade show for the cable industry. While the show floor was pounding with music, video screens, and spectacular flashing images, Fairey’s staff pasted his posters – hundreds of them – around a large 500 square foot booth. It was the most incredible imagery and people noticed. Yesterday, he offered up his most recent poster – God Saves and Satan Invests – selling out the 450 limited collection in seconds, with proceeds going to occupynra. Print is still the most powerful form of communication and Fairey is definitely not afraid to use it.
In addition to the poster, Fairey wrote this about the piece:
“This GOD SAVES & SATAN INVESTS print was inspired by the multiple school and mass shootings that have occurred in recent months. As many of you know from my “2nd Amendment Solutions” print from a couple years ago, I’m not a big fan of the absurd abundance of guns in the U.S. I’m also perplexed by the claim of much of the nation to have “Christian values”. If god tells us to love our neighbor and not to take another human life, where do the assault weapons and piles of ammo fit into these “Christian values”? I personally think assault weapons fall more in the “Satan’s values” category. I’m not religious, and the text in this print is designed more to illustrate the hypocrisy and contrast between “values” and actions in this country than to make a religious statement. Anyway, if you claim to dig god, lay off of satan’s tools…. if you don’t believe in god, lay off of satan’s tools! We live in statistically the safest time in human history, so the idea one would need an assault weapon for self defense is ridiculous. These weapons are tools of aggression, not defense. and any sane person not clouded by irrational fear would reach the same conclusion. When I ponder the demand for these killing machines, I see Satan metaphorically at work in the darkest, fear-based impulses of humanity. We can rise above and be better!”