The Iconography of Barack Obama

Some recent news involving the iconography of Barack Obama.

Graffiti artist Shepherd Fairey is at legal war with the Associated Press over his re-interpretation of an AP photo of Obama that he used in his now famous “HOPE” and “PROGRESS” poster series. Fairey has sued the news organization in a preemptive strike against them suing him:

Interesting little videos about how the Chicago-based design company MODE came to settling on the now famous Obama “O” logo:

Update from Fabrizio and Little Joy

A couple weeks ago Dazed Digital did a quick little Q&A with Fabrizio Moretti of Little Joy (and drummer of The Strokes) which they’ve published on their site today.

Image from Dazed

When asked about new news about The Strokes, Fab replied:

We’re back in the studio from February and we’re gonna start working on new songs. I love those guys, and I’m really proud of the music we’ve made and excited for the future of The Strokes. So that’s what I’ve got on for 2009!

No huge secrets revealed in the interview, just some basic talk about how the tour is going (“well” but “exhausting”), the musical inspirations of Little Joy (Motown, Bob Marley, Nina Simone), and the differences between recording for Little Joy and recording for the Strokes (“It was a humbling and honest experience. We made do with what we had…”).

Fab also talks about his mood behind the sometimes forlorn subject matter of the Little Joy songs, declaring that many of them were “born of real heartbreak,” and as the interview took place on January 20th, he expresses his excitement over the inauguration of Barack Obama.

RELATED: My review of Little Joy at Mercury Lounge, NYC.

Thoughts on the Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Hey everyone, I’ve been here in Los Angeles for the past couple of days. Yup, from Inauguration to Academy Award land. It’s been a bit rainy, but it’s pretty nice not to have to wear a big puffy down jacket when I go outside.

Tom Cruise’s star is under a construction site.

On my way over American astronaut Buzz Aldrin was on my flight, sitting two rows in front of me. When you have a man who landed on the moon sitting in your sight line, you feel pretty confident that if something goes wrong, and something happens to the pilots, that it’ll be OK because you know someone on board can probably manage to steer you to a safe landing.

Know this is old news now, but being there on Inauguration Day was truly amazing. To see all the millions of people out there on the Mall, so happy and enthusiastic, it was fantastic to see. Standing out there for several hours wasn’t exactly my favorite activity (it was incredibly cold!), but it was definitely worth braving the chilly temperatures to actually be there during a pivotal moment in our country’s history.

Kinda mad I didn’t wait on line to buy these OBAMA socks at Shepard Fairey’s OBEY pop-up gallery in Georgetown. Fairey was actually onhand DJing the party…but no one there seemed to know who he was!

Watching millions of people waving flags, hearing the voices of everyone cheering (and jeering when shots of Bush came on the screen), made for a memorable experience.

Mad crazy amounts of people on the Washington Monument Hill and on The Mall.

Afterwards you couldn’t go anywhere without stopping and talking to people about being down there during the swearing-in ceremony. Walking into stores, the storeclerks were eager to hear about it–getting into a cab, the cab driver wanted to chat about the experience, sitting down to lunch, all the people around us wanted to chat and trade stories about our time down there.

I know I’m not being so eloquent, but there are no words to describe how excited I was to be there as President Obama took the oath of office. It was a proud day to be an American, and a day I will never forget.

Was anyone else there on that day? How did you feel about the experience?

Kickin’ It In DC at the We Are One Concert

Hola! Arrived in DC proper today. Headed down to the We Are One concert, but clearly did not get down there at anything resembling early, so we ended up walking down to the Washington Monument and watching from there, but on the way we saw Hoda Kotb from the Today Show.

Er…you can sorta almost see something in the distance..

A nice lady had a Shepard Fairey Obama “HOPE” poster and was collecting signatures from people from all 50 states, so one of us signed it as a representative of NYC. People were all about Obama of course, folks were even excited to pose with a cardboard cutout of the President-Elect:


Got hungry and chowed down in Chinatown at Clyde’s. Some street team guy for Pepsi gave me a handful of Pepsi “HOPE” and “ALL FOR ONE” pins I didn’t want. Then headed back to our friend’s house to watch the concert on HBO.

Clyde’s had special Obama cocktails

Very excited about Tuesday. If today was any indication, people are freaking excited. Hoping to take more of the town in tomorrow. Maybe a little shopping (perhaps a stop in a local yarn store?), need to pick up some Inauguration souvenirs of course!

Washington, D.C. Here I Come!

Right now I’m on my way down to Washington, D.C. Excited to be participating in a long weekend full of celebration in honor of our soon-to-be new president.

Riding down on the Bolt Bus as I type. Despite having read tons of complaints, I gotta say, the ride has been pleasant so far. This bus is ridiculously quiet–I think everyone must be on their laptops or sleeping. Definitely a bit more leg room, and having the WiFi and electrical outlets are pretty awesome.

I see you, people two rows up watching The Office on Youtube. I dare you to turn around…