A well-known graffiti artist from California is being charged in Detroit for vandalizing some properties. Shepard Fairey was brought to Detroit to paint a large mural on a building when he allegedly vandalized 14 different buildings with his posters. This artist is best known for his iconic Obama “Hope” poster and is hired by many cities to paint murals. He was arrested at LAX after returning home from Europe and held overnight while LA and Detroit communicated on what to do. Fairey was released the next morning and has said he is going to turn himself over to Detroit authorities. This is just another example of the challenge that all markets and communities face in dealing with the differing attitudes toward graffiti, those that view it as art and then those people who see it as a growing and costly vandalism problem that hurts everyone.
Source: Shepard Fairey Arrested