Shepard Fairey was born in 1970 in South Carolina. He has a BFA in Illustration, but uses a technique known as wheat pasting to facilitate his street art.
While his identity as a cult figure is no longer in tact due to the fact that he is now a funded artist, the message he conveys in his work regarding political and social change is still valid as he donates heavily to political and social organizations. Fairey explains his reasoning behind his Obey project as this: “The OBEY sticker campaign can be explained as an experiment in Phenomenology. Heidegger describes Phenomenology as ‘the process of letting things manifest themselves.’ Phenomenology attempts to enable people to see clearly something that is in front of them but obscured; things that are so taken for granted that they are muted by abstract observation.”