In honor of the Inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama, I created this Shepard Fairey-esque image of Darby. You can make one of your dog, cat, child or self at Paste Magazine's Obamiconme.com. It's very fun and super easy!
Shepard Fairey, the artist whose iconic Obama posters branded a movement and help elect a President, has donated his talent to help rescue dogs with this ADOPT poster. Shortly after President-elect Obama made the comment that his family would like to adopt, "a mutt like me," Fairey was contacted by Dr. Pia Salk, an animal
advocate who works with North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption
website, Adopt-a-Pet.com. Fairey explains:
Pia simply asked if I might be willing to
collaborate on a way to have my art help these animals.
As most of you know, I’m a big believer in speaking up for all who
suffer injustice, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or in
this case, species! And I’m all for adopting from the shelter. My
wife and I share our home with 2 pooches, George and Weezie, who is a
rescue. They are the happy canine siblings to our 2 human daughters.
The image I created for this print reminds me of a dog I had as kid, a mutt named Honey.
The exciting news for art collectors and animal lovers is that 400 signed, limited edition prints will be available for sale some time this January and all proceeds go to Adopt-A-Pet.com. You can sign up for news alerts at Muttslikeme.com. These prints are highly collectible and will go in a matter of minutes.
But if you don't get one, the website also has free badges, banners, posters, and wallpaper you can download and add to your own sites to raise awareness and show support. There is even a black + white version for kids in class to color in and discuss. Click here to see all the free artwork available.
Thank you, Shepard Fairey, for continuing to use your talent for good. Your work shows us that giving means more than writing a check. An image, an hour of time, or simply speaking out against injustice can change the world.
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