Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Obey Street Art is Cool Like Diamond Supply
Funny scene happening here. A classic and iconic paster from Obey featuring Andre the Giant gets pastered up in Los Angeles.
Then, up close on the face, someone came and tagged things like 'Steezy!' and 'Diamond Supply Co.!'.
Its funny because even though it isn't meant as an insult, it is. In fact, its probably meant as a compliment. However, comparing Obey street art to Diamond Supply Co. shows how Obey is viewed as a corporate brand by the masses, not as street art.
Shepard Fairey has dismissed the accusations of selling out. But the fact remains that more people know Obey as a clothing line than a street art effort. Furthermore, most people in general society recognize Shepard Fairey as the artist who designed the Obama Hope poster, not as the artist behind Obey.
The street art community might still recognize Shepard and Obey as a street art entity, but if most people don't, when does street art from Obey become street advertising like Diamond Supply Co.?
Or has it already?