Joel Brown has the deets on the ICA fave and his ongoing lawsuit with Associated Press over that Hope photo:
... In an attempt to conceal my mistake I submitted false images and deleted other images. ...
Shepard Fairey pleaded guilty today to three counts of defacing property and walked out of Boston Municipal Court with two years' of probation, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding 11 other defacement charges were dismissed.
Fairey admitted he plastered his wares in 2000 in Brighton and, in advance of his ICA show, in Back Bay and Fort Point Channel earlier this year.
Suffolk County DA's office says there's not enough evidence that Fairey plastered his own work across greater Roxbury (OK, areas covered by Roxbury District Court), but left open 13 more charges involving allegedly illegal posters in Brighton (where police allegedly caught him paste-handed back in 2000) and in downtownish areas.Read more
During the day, Adam Foss works as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, where one of his cases is arch-wheatpaster Shepard Fairey.
Big Red and Shiny reports that, at night, Foss monlights as a bartender at the new Tory Row in Harvard Square, where Fairey's work hangs in prominent positions on the walls.
A Boston Municipal Court judge ruled today that when Fairey is arraigned tomorrow on a series of vandalism charges, ten of the counts will be brought as felonies, rather than misdemeanors, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The ruling means that Fairey could now face jail time - up to three years on each count - rather than fines of no more than $100...Read more
Dave Combs says he was in the cab with Shepard Fairey when Fairey was arrested outside the ICA. And he says that but for a couple of wrong turns by their cab driver, Boston Police would have arrested Fairey right at the entrance to the ICA, instead of out in the parking lot, deliberately provoking a riot to embarrass Tom Menino over his wage-freeze...Read more
Booking photo courtesy Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Art via Obamafy Yourself.
The Herald talks to Boston's top graffiti cop (yes, of course Boston has one) about his arrest of the street-art guy:
... "He's always been a big problem," Kelley said. "He'd go from city to city to do this." ...
You can't make this stuff up: The Globe reports that Shepard Fairey, whose iconic posters are plastered everywhere these days, was arrested while about to enter the ICA, which is hosting an exhibit of his work. Those pesky outstanding warrants reared their ugly heads, although police were unable/unwilling to tell the paper just what they were for.
Ginny Delany, 27, a graduate student from...Read more
The other day, I left my hermit's cave and actually ventured into Kenmore Square for a lunch engagement. Andre the Giant and oversized Red Revolutionary Peasant Women stared at me from every available surface, it seemed (except, of course from the world's largest anti-gun poster and the soft green that surrounds our local field of dreams). It was quite a shock for a country boy...Read more