Saturday, February 07, 2009

Legal trouble of a different kind . . .

. . . for artist Shepard Fairey, currently embroiled in a copyright dispute over his famous Obama image:

"[Fairey] was arrested Friday night on his way to the Institute of Contemporary Art for a kickoff event for his first solo exhibition .... Two warrants were issued for Fairey on Jan. 24 after police determined he'd tagged property in two locations with graffiti based on the Andre the Giant street art campaign from his early career, police Officer James Kenneally said Saturday. Fairey, 38, of Los Angeles, is scheduled to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charges Monday in Brighton District Court, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney. Wark said Fairey would also be arraigned on a default warrant related to a separate graffiti case in the Roxbury section of Boston."

I guess this makes 15, 16 if you count the brief detention in Japan.