Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, sharing what you believe in with other people.

— Shepard Fairey

The most thrilling Shepard Fairey quotes that will activate your inner potential

The sticker has no meaning, but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning.


Public art is ephemeral by nature. Google 's new project not only catalogs an artist's work but archives it and allows people to see the art long after it has disappeared.


I'm mischievous. The idea of taking risks and having real-world consequences energizes me.


The way I make art, the way a lot of people make art, is as an extension of language and communication, where references are incredibly important.


I think the freedom to express one's views is more important than intellectual property.


I've never really considered myself just a street artist. I consider myself a populist.


I've never had an original thought in my lifeand there's tons of people on the internet happy to tell me just that.


I want to be proud of this country [the USA], but when aspects of our policy don't align with my ethics, I want to protest them and try to change them. Being complicit because it's the home team is nationalism, not patriotism.


Every spoof gives more power to the original.




If being original means having to throw paint in front of a jet turbine to hit a canvas 50 ft away then lets not be original.


A lot of people thought I got famous as a studio artist, then decided to cash in on it. But it actually was just a matter of survival for many years, and I felt it was really important for me to be able to say whatever I wanted with my street art and fine art.


About Shepard Fairey

Quotes 48 sayings
Profession Contemporary artist
Birthday February 15, 1970

The great thing about the Internet is, it has made it easier for people who are clever and resourceful to promote themselves.


The world has lost a great musician who will always be an inspiration to me and those at OBEY GIANT.


I think "punk" should really be defined as paving your own way creatively and by defying any sort of orthodoxy or commercial pressure.


If you're creating something that has some sort of cultural currency - if the idea is getting out there - then that will probably yield money in some form, whether it's through selling art or selling books or being asked to give a lecture.


I wear some of my stuff, but usually the less in-your-face designs.

I get a little self conscious, there is a fine line between pride and ego.


A lot of people felt defeated and hopeless by Trump's election.

But I feel his election should energize people to resist apathy, ignorance, sexism, xenophobia, and racism.


The Internet wasn't even an option for me, so one of the reasons I was so motivated to do street art was because there was no other outlet. Maybe if the Internet had been around then, I would have tried to do stuff that went viral and was clever and got me a lot of hits.


Art shows and the institutions end up being the couriers for culture for the next generation and are an important component as well. It may seem ironic from one perspective, but I think if you look at my overall strategy, it's actually not out of step.


I said, ok, I'll pay the licensing fee it.

And [the AP] said, no, we want to claim damages. I said damages? Because of my poster the Mannie Garcia picture is now worth more than it ever would have been.


There's good and bad in every arena. It's funny, some people, the reason they're in the underground is because they're lazy and don't make things happen for themselves.


I think that the influence of people with power and money to distort democracy and have their interests served before the rest of the population is the biggest problem. That is caused by two things: campaign finance and the way that's structured, and by the Citizen's United supreme court decision. So those two things are keeping democracy from working right.


I think the Internet has definitely made it easier for people to have stuff seen, but it's also encouraged a level of ADD, where you see so much that if it doesn't make an impact on you immediately, you don't look at it.


I love the classic trucker jacket as an icon of rock 'n' roll and rebellion.


I've met Obama a few times, and I think Obama's a quality human being, but I think that he finds himself in a position where your actions are largely dictated by things out of your control. I'm not giving him a pass for not being more courageous, but I do think the entire system needs an overhaul and taking money out of politics would be a really good first step.


Just because you've reached a certain level of success, that doesn't mean you've become corrupted by the system.


The problem with copyright enforcement is that when the parameters aren't incredibly well defined, it means big corporations, who have deeper pockets and better lawyers, can bully people.


If the idea that my safety can only be enhanced by putting other people's privacy and safety in danger, then I don't want to be more safe.


I might be botching this quote but I agree with the idea that a measure of society is not how it treats its most powerful but how it treats its most vulnerable, including the poor and incarcerated and - I would add to that - the people whose ideas are not currently in favor.


There are too many bad policy choices to go into that are being pushed by the Trump Administration, but the relaxation of environmental regulations and corporate and banking regulations alone are enough to keep me busy and should be a big concern for every citizen who isn't a billionaire and likes to breathe air.


Art is not always meant to be decorative or soothing, in fact, it can create uncomfortable conversations and stimulate uncomfortable emotions.


I do think that copyrights and intellectual property are important - it's important to be able to keep people from making verbatim copies of a particular creation that could somehow hurt the creator. If I spend time conceiving and making a piece of art and somebody else sees that it has market value and replicates it in order to steal part of my market, then that's not cool.


The way I make art - the way a lot of people make art - is as an extension of language and communication, where references are incredibly important. It's about making a work that is inspired by something preexisting but changes it to have a new value and meaning that doesn't in any way take away from the original - and, in fact, might provide the original with a second life or a new audience.


The Internet hasn't had a chance to really get to where people look at it with the proper level of scrutiny. There's so much bullshit on the Internet. It doesn't get filtered out because it's such a new medium.


What excites me is that, when things are tough, people become resourceful, and now with the Internet, social networking and the ability for people who in the past had been relatively powerless, they have tools to be able to spread ideas and organize. The urgency is there and the tools are there and I think that the possibility for really, really powerful results is there. I think it's all brewing, it's all bubbling up right now.


When it comes to the street-art world, there are a lot of people who realize if they go out and put up a few pieces of street art and photograph them really well, even if their locations weren't actually that high-profile or dangerous, with the level of exposure they get from the Internet, with a large audience, they can maintain that rebel cache by having it be theoretically documented street art.


I think that what led largely to Trump's election was the manifestation of the too-common mindset that facts don't matter; in other words, "manifest destiny" - the truth will not penetrate the barriers of our ideology if the truth doesn't sit well with our predispositions.


Art making comes from the human desire to share something that is universal in one sense, but unique to your sensibility in another. I think that, wherever you are in the world, that impulse exists within human beings.


I think the biggest thing that people fear when it comes to art becoming a business is those authentic, pure aspirations of art being compromised.


As a street artist, I'm used to sharing my stuff with the public.

It's a communal experience. I've learned not to be so precious, but rather to enjoy the process.


There's always a lot that's making me angry, but it won't tie into the election.

I mean nothing against Hilary Clinton. I agree with Hilary on most issues, but campaign finance structure makes me very angry, because it means that politicians are going to have to raise a huge amount of money, which narrows the field dramatically.


I try to find a balance between positivity and negativity, celebration and critique in my work; I think there is room for both.


I think the idea of freedom or liberty is really misused for political reasons, but it's something that resonates with people to the core. People want to be masters of their own destinies, but at the same time, I think they do so selectively. Sometimes they want to be told exactly what to do so they don't have to think for themselves - as long as they can still exercise their free will.


Free speech is important whether you like what's being said or not.

The reason why it's so important is that the entire spectrum of ideas needs to be heard so that the best ones are embraced and rise to the top. If you're a liberal and don't like conservative speech and you try to stifle that conservative speech, you need to be prepared for your own progressive speech to be stifled when the power shifts out of your favor.


The social and political issues the world faces are bigger than a few leaders.

I made a lot of work about corporate influence in government, which is a problem in both parties and under any president.


Why is non-commercial public expression considered criminal?