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Obey Propaganda Engineering

Print
ca. 2004 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This sticker by Shepard Fairey is an interesting example of the burgeoning street sticker phenomenon, and particularly one of its sub-genres which utilises familiar images of pop and film stars, politicians, cult figures and so on. The man’s face at the centre of the star is the wrestler known as Andre The Giant; the words ‘five hundred and twenty pounds’ are probably a reference to his weight.

Stickers like these are usually stuck on walls alongside stencil work and tag graffiti in urban areas. The simplicity and cheapness of the medium makes it attractive for young artists, and stickers crop up not only in graffiti sites but on buses and tube trains. Twenty-first century-psychedelia, demented cartoon characters, recycled film stars and a wild variety of visual references come together in a visual riot.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Digitally printed sticker
Brief Description
'Obey Propaganda Engineering', sticker by Shepard Fairey, USA, ca. 2004.
Physical Description
A sticker with a man's face in a star and tyre symbol and an image of a bridge. The whole is in black orange and red, with some small arrows and missile symbols as part of the design.
Dimensions
  • Height: 9.5cm
  • Width: 6cm
Marks and Inscriptions
7' / OBEY / PROPAGANDA ENGINEERING / WORLDWIDE / FIVEHUNDREDTWENTYPOUNDS (IN STYLISED LETTERING SOME MADE UP OF BACK-TO-FRONT OR UPSIDE-DOWN ARABIC NUMERALS)
Credit line
Illustration courtesy of Shepard Fairey / obeygiant.com
Object history
Displayed in the Link Corridor in Aug-Oct 2005 in the 'Street Art' display.
Summary
This sticker by Shepard Fairey is an interesting example of the burgeoning street sticker phenomenon, and particularly one of its sub-genres which utilises familiar images of pop and film stars, politicians, cult figures and so on. The man’s face at the centre of the star is the wrestler known as Andre The Giant; the words ‘five hundred and twenty pounds’ are probably a reference to his weight.



Stickers like these are usually stuck on walls alongside stencil work and tag graffiti in urban areas. The simplicity and cheapness of the medium makes it attractive for young artists, and stickers crop up not only in graffiti sites but on buses and tube trains. Twenty-first century-psychedelia, demented cartoon characters, recycled film stars and a wild variety of visual references come together in a visual riot.
Collection
Accession Number
E.316-2005

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record createdMay 26, 2005
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