Shepard Fairey, creator of iconic Obama 'Hope' poster, arrested at DNC

Artist Shepard Fairey's images have been widely used throughout the campaign.

One hundred-fifty two people were arrested during DNC protest events in Denver this past week, for charges ranging from "assault on a police officer" to "throwing stones or missiles." But buried in the list is the name Frank S. Fairey, which contemporary art fans will recognize as the birth name for one of the most famous street artists in the world: Shepard Fairey.

While most of the individuals were in town to demonstrate against the Democrats, Fairey was in Denver as part of the Manifest Hope gallery show featuring art inspired by Barack Obama. The multi-toned poster Fairey created of Obama's face -- coupled with words like "HOPE" and "PROGRESS" -- have become ubiquitous icons of the campaign, appearing on billboards, t-shirts, hats and even the current cover of 5280 magazine.

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Jared Jacang Maher