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OBEY founder Shepard Fairey was the victim of a physical assault on his recent trip to Copenhagen after his own gallery show. When asked about the circumstances of the incident, the artist said, “I have a black eye and a bruised rib.” He did not report the incident to authorities, claiming, “I did not know any of the people or get a great look at them, so it seemed pointless…I’m not a huge fan of the cops anyway. The only thing I could see coming out of it was further media commentary like ‘street artist whiner Shepard Fairey can’t hold it down in a fight so he snitches to the cops’.” Both Fairey and a colleague received a beating from two males allegedly, while being called “Obama Illuminati,” and being ordered to “Go back to America.”
This wasn’t the only negative reaction to his presence in the city, however; the mural he created in Copenhagen was vandalised by local residents the night after it was finished. Accused by protesters of promoting government propaganda, the words “no peace,” and “go home Yankee hipster,” were spray painted on the face of the mural. The artist states that the mural was to commemorate the destruction of a youth house in the neighborhood it was created in; regardless of his intentions, Fairey may be taking a more cautious and culturally sensitive approach to the content of his works in the future.
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