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It is not easy to place Shepard Fairey’s work in the visual arts spectrum. Even though he is one of the most well-known street artists of our time, he is also a graphic designer, an illustrator and the founder of a clothing line. Naturally, his work is based on a broad series of media and means, from screenprints to stencils and from collages to murals and works on canvas, wood and metal. So, what is it that makes his art identifiable and has helped him establish himself as one of today’s most influential artists? Fairey first gained attention, while he was still studying at Rhode Island School of Design, thanks to the "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign in 1989. This campaign was closely related to the artist’s street art background and, as a result, was widely promoted by the skater community and graffiti artists of that period. Later on, this project grew bigger and evolved into the “Obey Giant” campaign, including at this point stencils, murals, large posters and clothing, in addition to stickers. Nonetheless, without any doubt, the artist’s most iconic moment would come in 2008, during the American presidential elections, with the creation of the emblematic Brack Obama “Hope” poster. The popularity and the reception of this piece -supported by the printing of 300,000 stickers and 500,000 posters- was so big that it has been characterized as “the most efficacious American political illustration since 'Uncle Sam Wants You'”, even though officially the politician’s campaign rejected any direct correlation with it.