The imagery behind the Obey brand is almost instantly recognizable, whether you're a fan of street art or not. In the 1990s, stickers began appearing in Rhode Island proclaiming that Andre the Giant should run for mayor and that he had a posse. After his design for Obama’s 2008 Hope Campaign, Shepard Fairey was rocketed into superstardom.
People may not instantly recognize Fairey's name, but the ubiquitous image of Obama as the United States' hopeful future is instantly recognizable. Through these simple, layered graphic portraits, the artist has made a name for himself both inside and outside the art world. Rhiannon Platt and avid fan Halopigg have partnered to bring you a few facts you might not know about the man behind the ever-present “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” image.