Obey Giant will be releasing the latest poster by Shepard Fairey this week titled A Message from Our Sponsor. I think this might be the first time he did one with someone flipping the bird, I love it.
Shepard on the idea behind the poster:
The oil and gas industry has long enjoyed a history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.
These facts only emphasize more and more that our political system is broken. Gone are the days of democracy and here to stay are the days of a heavily influenced Congress with organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), the industry’s powerful lobbying and trade association, increasing their power to continue to fuel government-backed subsidies. The hundreds of millions of dollars that the oil and gas industry shell out to employ it’s lobbyists only ensures that policy will never change and our courageous politicians will never stand a chance to reform legislation and repeal these subsidies.
My latest piece, A Message from Our Sponsor, is my interpretation of the powerful, rich, and greedy oil and gas companies and their message to us, the constituents of this “great” democracy. Thanks for caring. -Shepard
The poster is an 18 x 24 inch screen print on cream speckletone paper. Signed and numbered edition of 450.
Release date: April 16, 2015 at a random time between 10am and 11am PST in Prints.